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Entries by Harry Shearer from 01/2007

Just So They'll Know We Know

| Posted 01.01.2007 | Media
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Strange, rare, almost unheard-of, that Fox News would take time on New Year's Eve to plug a show on a network with which the news channel had absolutely no connection.

A New Orleans Dispatch--the Dark and the Light

| Posted 01.09.2007 | Politics
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No grim automatons wait on you in this city. Long before Katrina, New Orleanians loved to talk, to "visit", and, whether it was a brief quip or a long disquisition on the trouble with the city, they all indulged their proclivity.

The New Way Forward--Notes on Framing

| Posted 01.10.2007 | Huffington Post

It's the phrase that's been adopted by the White House since shortly after the election to describe what I call Operation What the Heck Do We Do Now.

Plan? No Plan? Or Secret Plan?

| Posted 01.12.2007 | Politics
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I was listening to Condi Rice's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday (Hearings! Blessed hearings!), when I heard her say, in reply to a question about what happens if this new plan doesn't work, that she didn't do Plan Bs, the administration preferred to concentrate on making Plan A work. What stunned me was not that she, a college grad and all, would say such a bizarre thing. It was that the Senator grilling her, obviously unaccustomed to asking followup questions not fashioned by his staff, didn't pursue her with a protocol-correct version of "Madame Secretary, are you shittin' me?"

Covering A Story the 21st Century Way

| Posted 01.13.2007 | Media
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Thank goodness for Anderson Cooper, who understands that you can report on a story before you've done anything more than catch the car from the airport into the city that will be your dateline du jour (or nuit).

Reasons to Love Joe Lieberman, cont.

| Posted 01.13.2007 | Politics
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Previously outraged at the failure of the White House to supply official documentation of the response to the Katrina disaster, Joe says he doesn't want a "witch hunt", that he's "looking forward".

Jim Lehrer--Mastering the Softball

| Posted 01.17.2007 | Media
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The latest stop on President Bush's Please Believe Me This Time Tour was PBS' Newshour last night. On it, he made a newsworthy concession.

Iraq--the Newest Justification

| Posted 01.17.2007 | Politics
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Pretty frightening, a nuclear arms race between Iran and Iraq. Almost as frightening, one might suggest, as a nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan. Oh, wait, we've got that.

Sea Level Wasn't the Problem

| Posted 01.19.2007 | Politics
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For those who continue to blame New Orleans people for the Katrina-related disaster, on the ground that "what do you expect when you live in a bowl below sea level?", here comes today's Times-Picayune.

"God Bless"

| Posted 01.23.2007 | Entertainment
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Was this the first State of the Union address in which George W. Bush didn't finish that phrase (written by Irving Berlin)?

Dig a Little Deeper Now

| Posted 01.27.2007 | Media
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Saturday's Wall Street Journal front-pages a story that attempts to answer the oft-asked question regarding the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricanes R...

The T-P digs Where the WSJ Didn't

| Posted 01.28.2007 | Media
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After the Wall Street Journal glossed over the dismal performance of the "road home" program designed to compensate homeowners for Katrina damage, the Times-Picayune does an exhaustive report.

Ideas Have Consequences--When You Oppose Them

| Posted 01.29.2007 | Politics
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What's remarkable is that war supporters, as a group, have basically owned the attitude of unshakable optimism for about the past four years, refusing ever to engage in worst-case scenario planning.

You Mean USA Today Gets It Wrong, Too?

| Posted 01.30.2007 | Media
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How can the national media continue to get a basic, easily ascertainable fact of the Katrina story so wrong so long after the event?