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Entries by Harry Shearer from 01/2006

Do You Know What It Means to Be in New Orleans?

| Posted 01.02.2006 | Huffington Post

Back in the Crescent City for the first time in a month. In the populated zone, the piles I had grown to recognize in front of certain dwellings seem to have taken up permanent residence.

Eat The Press--a new beginning, maybe

| Posted 01.03.2006 | Media
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Okay, the last comment on my last post broke it for me, after eight months of an extremely laissez-faire approach to the comments in this department, ...

Knight-Ridder Counts the Bodies

| Posted 01.03.2006 | Media
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Knight-Ridder has proceeded to out-report the NYT and WaPo on Iraq, and now comes close to the work done by the Times-Picayune on the disaster in New Orleans.

Hello, Christiane? What's that Clicking?

| Posted 01.04.2006 | Media
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The NSA warrantless spying story has spawned its first big name--maybe. Rocketing around the blogosphere is the story of Andrea Mitchell's interview ...

Can It Get Worse? Yes

| Posted 01.04.2006 | Media
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You can bet more than one producer said, "Sure, the first reporting was wrong, but it was all great TV."

Never Too Busy To Promote

| Posted 01.05.2006 | Media
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Wednesday was a busy news day: the aftermath of the Miracle That Wasn't, Ariel Sharon's stroke, Jack Abramoff's second mea very culpa. You'd think even a 24-hour news network would have its hands, and its minutes, full just covering all of that.

Making TV News Seem More...Newsy

| Posted 01.05.2006 | Media
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It's a tough job, making broadcasts filled with canned fluff and hours-old taped packages seem up-to-date.

Headline or Story: take your choice

| Posted 01.06.2006 | Media
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From the Washington Times website: Singer Lou Rawls dead at 73 Jan. 6, 2006 at 2:12PM Grammy Award-winning soul, blues and jazz singer Lou Rawls di...

Got Live Cause You Want it

| Posted 01.06.2006 | Media
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Ratings can tell you that people prefer live feeds? That convinces television executives and anchor-authors that liveness is the most important factor in what the audience wants--even more than truth?

It's Not Just Me

| Posted 01.07.2006 | Media
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I've been bleating in this space for months about the yawning gap between the MSM's orgy of self-congratulation over its Katrina coverage and the pathetic actuality of that coverage. But tonight on New Orleans public TV...

The Forgotten War

| Posted 01.07.2006 | Media
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Here's a story about the Afghan reaction to US plans to tiptoe quietly out of the country, and here is a piece about why the Afghans might well be concerned.

UPI Picks Apart Pentagon's Figures

| Posted 01.08.2006 | Media
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A lengthy UPI (owned by Rev. Moon, one has to add) report on the post-election uptick in Iraqi insurgency activity concludes that the election euphori...

Goodbye, Bureaus, Hello, Emoting

| Posted 01.08.2006 | Media
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In the rush to shave network budgets, the bureaus are the first to go. Why have someone on staff someplace where news isn't guaranteed to be happening every day? That's so...wasteful.

THIS JUST IN

| Posted 01.09.2006 | Media
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The latest from Pat Robertson...

Heat Your Homes With CNN, Fox, and MS

| Posted 01.10.2006 | Media
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Here's what I don't get: why all three cable networks thought it was newsworthy to air, live, the opening statements by the Senators at the Alito hearing.

Spain -- for Terror or Against?

| Posted 01.10.2006 | Media
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Spain has rolled up "two large Al Qaeda cells." Will this impact Americans' understanding of the Spanish government's position on terrorism?

Here We Mr GO Again?

| Posted 01.12.2006 | Media
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Work on the new levee, which the Corps said would involve using stronger soils imported from Mississippi, still left a lot to be desired.

The Quad Split -- Watch and Learn

| Posted 01.12.2006 | Media
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CNN drove me crazy with the Quad Split -- a four-way divide of the TV screen: a shot of Alito, a shot of his questioner (so far, so good) and then, inexplicably, a long shot of the hearing room and a LIVE!!!!! exterior shot of the Supreme Court.

The Italian Dan Rather?

| Posted 01.12.2006 | Media
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I never wished I'd studied Italian more than I watched this three-minute montage of an Italian TV news anchor who seems to have, shall we say, a low boiling point.

How the Red Tape Works

| Posted 01.12.2006 | Media
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FEMA is a four-letter word in New Orleans and southern Louisiana these days, but some may think that's just a convenient cliche. Here's a story that gets to the heart of what's going wrong, and why the problem wasn't just Mike Brown.

Anderson Cooper : 40

| Posted 01.12.2006 | Media
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A story that the NYT chose to feature on A19 was not only the lead story on CNN's Anderson Cooper Show tonight, it got the first 40 minutes of the program.

It's Not News Any More?

| Posted 01.13.2006 | Media
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I commented here about all three cable news outlets' decision to carry the Senators' opening statements at the Alito hearing. Equally daft is their unanimous decision to walk away as soon as Alito's testimony was done.

18th Century Levees?

| Posted 01.13.2006 | Media
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The Times Picayune continues its march towards a Pulitzer, today revealing that independent investigators are troubled about the Corps of Engineers' work on the rebuilding of failed floodwalls.

Hitchens' Revenge

| Posted 01.14.2006 | Media
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Christopher Hitchens famously debated British Respect Party leader and MP George Galloway last year on the Iraq war. Both men are ferociously talente...

Humans--the Learning Species

| Posted 01.16.2006 | Media
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Why are prominent members of the opposition party, from whom the media draws its sense of the safe zone for skepticism, so unable to frame a skeptical question on the issue of Iran?