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Entries by Harry Shearer from 12/2007

This Footage Is From When?

| Posted 12.11.2007 | Media

One reason people know so little about the damage to New Orleans is that TV news has abandoned one of its few honorable journalistic rules.

New Orleans: The Quiet Time is Turbulent

| Posted 12.20.2007 | Politics

With the supply of rental housing so depleted, rents have risen, and, Brad Pitt's best efforts notwithstanding, affordable housing in New Orleans is being destroyed, not rebuilt.

Please Give, We Need to Cover the Conventions in HD

| Posted 12.20.2007 | Media

Every once in a while, I'm reminded of the bizarre technological dance we're being forced to go through in the federally-mandated switch to digital television.

"The First I've Seen of This Information"

| Posted 12.21.2007 | Politics

Either Col. Jeffrey Bedey is living in a Corps-imposed bubble, where the insiders are rigorously shielded from outside comments and critiques, or he's being disingenuous.

How Does a Hurricane Wreck a Sewer System?

| Posted 12.26.2007 | Politics

How does a hurricane wreck a sewer system? It doesn't. What happened to St. Bernard Parish is what happened to New Orleans, the failure of a system of levees and floodwalls.

Benazir Bhutto: One Night in Brentwood

| Posted 12.27.2007 | Politics

Arianna Huffington invited me to a dinner with Ms. Bhutto in 1998, early in the latter's period of exile. I can't remember who else was there, because all I do remember was Benazir Bhutto.

Bhutto: Is the War of Fog Beginning?

| Posted 12.28.2007 | Media

You don't need to be a CSI viewer to know that the accounts of her death don't mesh very well. How to untangle all this? An autopsy. Uh-oh.

The Road Home: Punishing the Self-Reliant

| Posted 12.30.2007 | Politics

New Orleanians get no shortage of messages about self-reliance from other parts of the nation they thought they belonged to. So the Times-Picayune sends the message right back.