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Entries by Harry Shearer from 08/2006

When You Want Moral Leadership, Call an Agent

| Posted 08.02.2006 | Politics
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Now that Mel Gibson has received at least his first dose of punishment, maybe it's time to reduce the piling on to second gear for a moment.

Not Exactly a Student of (Media) History

| Posted 08.04.2006 | Media
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Oh, for the good old days, when William Randolph Hearst's papers, teeming with spirituality, helped people find meaning in life and good in the world.

A "Dear Ari" Letter

| Posted 08.04.2006 | Politics
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My friend Gavin de Becker has written an open letter to Ari Emanuel which appears in today's (Friday's) Hollywood Reporter. Since only people with ab...

New Orleans--the Music Didn't Drown

| Posted 08.07.2006 | Huffington Post

Much better news about the music scene than it could have been. What's left out: music education, the way the tradition of the city gets passed on to young people.

Taking the Lipstick off the Pig

| Posted 08.07.2006 | Media
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Why does the profession of reading the news on TV require a post-graduate education?

The Rhetorical vs. the Empirical

| Posted 08.10.2006 | Media
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Trying to answer the question, who are the terrorists?, should be the first step in deciding whether the advocates for a more "muscular" Middle East policy should finally be replaced by the advocates of a more brainy one.

A Moment of Moral Clarity

| Posted 08.11.2006 | Politics
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If we were at war with Islamic fascists, according to the Administration's own well-documented legal arguments, we would have killed them or detained them and thrown them in Gitmo.

Fantasy Assignment Desk: Who Was Watching Iran?

| Posted 08.11.2006 | Media
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EDINBURGH--This is a special moment. Emboldened as usual by failure, the neocon cohort is still cohesive and aggressive, not yet arrived at the neces...

I'm Not Gonna Stop 'Til They Stop

| Posted 08.11.2006 | Media
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EDINBURGH--Thursday's NYT carried a Susan Saulny story about John McCusker, the TP photographer so depressed he tried to commit "suicide by cop" in Ne...

Whom Could She Possibly Be Talking About?

| Posted 08.12.2006 | Media
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Christiane Amanpour, one of the few grownups left at CNN, tells NYT.com (via TVNewser): "I reject and try to hold the line -- my line at least -- aga...

Charles Johnson, Eat my Dust

| Posted 08.12.2006 | Media
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Charles Johnson, of Little Green Footballs, has been taking bows for catching a Reuters free-lance photog Photoshopping extra smoke into a Beirut scen...

New Orleans--the Books You Should and Shouldn't Read

| Posted 08.12.2006 | Politics
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No paragraph better sums up this style of journalism--why bother to speak to the guy when you can look him in the eye and detect what he's feeling?

New Orleans: A Journalist Becomes the Story

| Posted 08.14.2006 | Media
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This Times-Picayune photographer found his particular breaking point in a place that used to be known as "the city that Care forgot", but is now known to locals as "the city that America forgot".

Should We Move New Orleans to Lebanon?

| Posted 08.16.2006 | Media
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Iran's President tried his hand at clumsy media manipulation Sunday night, but a cannier ploy, were it more widely noticed, seems far more likely to put the Bush administration in an embarassing light.

Reuters May Just Be Pig Ignorant

| Posted 08.16.2006 | Media
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A lot of commenters to my "Charles Johnson" post earlier this week thought I was attacking CJ and Little Green Footballs for nailiing Reuters on the P...

More Irony Than You Can Stand

| Posted 08.16.2006 | Politics
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EDINBURGH--Last week, as noted in the "journalist becomes the story" post earlier here, a somewhat prominent New Orleanian cracked under the pressure ...

The Alleged Airliner Plot--a Call for Skepticism

| Posted 08.17.2006 | Politics
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It's understandable that media emphasis should be on what government spokespeople are telling us. It's equally reasonable to expect that the media seek out responsible voices for skepticism.

Buried Lede Department--Goodbye, Democracy

| Posted 08.18.2006 | Media
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If the centerpiece of the push for a democratic Middle East is to be consigned to "alternatives other than democracy," that would seem to be big news.

FEMA to New Orleans: Shrink This

| Posted 08.18.2006 | Media
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EDINBURGh--Apropos of my post earlier this week about the paucity of volunteer psychological services for the heavily traumatized population of New Or...

Finished? It's Just Starting

| Posted 08.22.2006 | Media
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Twice in one sentence may be a record for "Katrina-ing" the story of what happened to the Crescent City. But wait, there's more.

New Orleans--Bush Minimizes the Anniversary

| Posted 08.24.2006 | Media
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EDINBURGH--Stephanie Grace in today's T-P summarizes the state of New Orleans--the stasis, the paralysis, the underlivered promises--and acknowledges ...

Reasons to Trust the Corps, Continued

| Posted 08.24.2006 | Politics
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If it isn't the continuing battles with insurance companies or the periodic power outages, New Orleanians can depend for a dose of daily anxiety on their old friends, the Army Corps of Engineers.

This Just In--Planners Like Planning

| Posted 08.25.2006 | Huffington Post

Large-scale city planning stopped being a panacea for urban problems around the time Jane Jacobs wrote "The Death and Life of Great American Cities."

Levees Fail. Stuff Happens.

| Posted 08.28.2006 | Politics
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If the state's leading political figures treat the Corps' "catastrophic failure"--Corps' own words--as an unmentionable, it leaves people around America still thinking this was a natural disaster.

Katrina: Something Besides Emotion

| Posted 08.29.2006 | Media
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Tivo the emotional stories if you want, but the best thing you can do for New Orleans is to get past the "natural disaster" myth.