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Entries by Harry Shearer from 04/2008

Government Floods City, Then Poisons Survivors

| Posted 04.03.2008 | Media

That would be the tabloid, but not entirely inaccurate, version of the New Orleans story to date.

Katie Knows What You're Thinking

| Posted 04.07.2008 | Media

For someone who spends the vast majority of her day (and days) inside the cocoon of West 57th Street, it's amazing Katie Couric knows so much about what "people" think.

"But There Was a Catch"

| Posted 04.08.2008 | Politics

New Orleanians seeking to return home have been punished by the failure of the market and every level of government, after almost three years, to deal with the flood's decimation of the rental housing stock in the city.

Does the Dalai Lama Know He's Nepalese?

| Posted 04.13.2008 | Politics

Most of us thought the Chinese Olympic problem revolves around Tibet. Nuh-uh. As our National Security Adviser points out numerous times without correction, it's Nepal, stupid.

When Is a Gaffe Not Newsworthy?

| Posted 04.14.2008 | Media

Is it Times "style" -- or wire-service policy -- to clean up erroneous quotes by high government officials? If so, why? If not, what happened in the Stephen Hadley case?

Oops! Just a Little Leak

| Posted 04.17.2008 | Politics

Yesterday, the Times-Picayune carried a very restrained story about a potentially inflammatory subject: the Corps of Engineers has discovered a persistent leak in the 17th St. Canal floodwall.

Best Case Scenarios Failed; Time to Trot Out the Worst-Case Scenarios

| Posted 04.21.2008 | Politics

One of the most drearily fascinating things about this country's Bush-dictated six-year obsession with Iraq is the early addiction to best-case scenarios.

Why the Feds Should Pay to Protect New Orleans -- And It's Not Me Saying So

| Posted 04.23.2008 | Politics

John Barry is not making the "you broke it, you fix it" argument relative to the Corps of Engineers' poor design and construction work that catastrophically failed in 2005; his timeframe goes back decades.