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Entries by Harry Shearer from 04/2006

Conflict? Interest? Moi-SPN?

| Posted 04.01.2006 | Media
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The three most laughable words in Hollywood have long been "conflict of interest".

Gulf Coast Restoration--Where's the Sediment?

| Posted 04.03.2006 | Media
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Congress has approrpriated zero -- that is to say, nothing -- additional for coastal restoration since Katrina wiped out a swath of vulnerable coastline.

The Army Corps--Who Else Detects a Pattern?

| Posted 04.03.2006 | Media
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Ask the obvious questions--like, how much failure is reason to look elsewhere for these projects?

All You Need to Know -- The Road to Indy

| Posted 04.03.2006 | Huffington Post

One of Florida's players' majors was just flashed on the screen, and it tells you all you need to know about the NCAA.

Jill Carroll -- The Freelance Factor

| Posted 04.04.2006 | Media
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Freelancers are on their own in dangerous situations around the world, without the protections most employees in most businesses take for granted.

Found Object: DeLay on Hardball

| Posted 04.05.2006 | Media
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delayhardball.jpg See just how grateful Chris Matthews was for getting the Tom DeLay scoop.

Burying the Lede, Big Time

| Posted 04.06.2006 | Media
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Here is the Army Corps of Engineers admitting that federal taxpayers paid to drown the center of the Crescent City.

The Black Caucus and New Orleans

| Posted 04.06.2006 | Huffington Post

Now that the Congressional Black Caucus has convinced Cynthia McKinney to apologize, can they spare a moment for the fate of the Crescent City?

New Orleans. It's Official: Nobody Cares

| Posted 04.08.2006 | Media
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The fact that a high-ranking official of a federal agency took the blame for the worst man-made disaster in American history should be some kind of news in this country.

NYT: The Business Section Gets It Wrong, Twice

| Posted 04.10.2006 | Media
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Would The Times brook such global ignorance in reporters covering New York City?

Gen. Pace Speaks His Mind

| Posted 04.11.2006 | Media
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Gen. Pace explained "over a period of two years", there were meetings with Gen. Tommy Franks over his planning for an Iraq invasion.

Waste, Fraud and Abuse -- and It's Not News

| Posted 04.11.2006 | Media
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Skimming? Isn't that what happens only in Vegas, and stays in Vegas? A better question might be: why do we need the Corps of Engineers?

How to Cover the Iran "Crisis"--Hint: Not Like Iraq

| Posted 04.12.2006 | Media
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When other officials profess a lack of doubt, ask your intel friends whether there is any doubt. If they say yes, print it this time.

Burying the Lede While Playing Catchup

| Posted 04.12.2006 | Media
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The NYT, lauded by a commenter here recently for its diligence on the New Orleans story, plays catchup ball today on the continuing story of the Corps...

FEMA Issues Guidelines -- What You May Not Know

| Posted 04.14.2006 | Media
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FEMA, by only requiring a three-foot elevation, was saying that the post-Katrina flooding was a unique catastrophe.

Who Could Have Known?--A New Wrinkle

| Posted 04.14.2006 | Huffington Post

It's comfort, cold comfort, to know we're not the only country whose leadership continues to say "nobody could have known" about predictable, and predicted, disasters.

Iraq War Planning -- The Timeline, Revisited

| Posted 04.14.2006 | Media
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On Hardball Friday afternoon, Gen. Tommy Franks, the commander of the Iraq war, said in passing: "Ask him about the 14 months we spent planning this thing."

Institutional Memory. Who Needs It?

| Posted 04.15.2006 | Media
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The short attention span forever being ascribed to us in the reading/viewing public actually seems to be more of a problem for those on the other end of the media tube.

Protecting Tiger, Needing Katie

| Posted 04.16.2006 | Media
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America's leading newspapers tried to help Woods avoid controversy by leaving the word out in their reports. They did what? Why? Who else are they trying to "help"?

I Am Pussycat Doll, Hear Me Roar

| Posted 04.17.2006 | Media
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More and more stuff falls into the "amazing, but not surprising" file, and this story in the NYT is definitely at the top of the pile. It concerns a c...

The City Laughs at Its Problems, Cont.

| Posted 04.17.2006 | Media
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I wrote here about the remarkable outpouring of smart, nasty, funny satire embodied in the post-Katrina Carnival parades in New Orleans. That spirit d...

Vote First, Then Watch the Debate

| Posted 04.17.2006 | Media
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Tonight, two days after satellite voting for voters diasporated from New Orleans closed, MSNBC is providing the first live national coverage of a mayoral debate in the city.

The Iraq Timeline, Too Much F'ing Perspective

| Posted 04.18.2006 | Media
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Why is this news, that Pace was putting the start date for such planning as far back as spring of 2001? This excerpt from Cobra II should clarify things a bit.

What a Difference a Century Makes

| Posted 04.18.2006 | Media
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That, and the difference between a disaster that, for better or worse, is over after three days, and one in which 80% of a city is underwater for three weeks.

Watch the Hand You're Not Supposed to Watch

| Posted 04.19.2006 | Media
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In politics, as in magic, distraction, or misdirection, is a major part of the art. That's what I thought when I saw this bland travel note...