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Entries by Michelle Pilecki from 09/2005

A Flood of Cassandras

| Posted 09.01.2005 | Media
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When Bush said, "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees," there was a collective "aarrrrrrgggggghhhhhh" from reporters, disaster officials and bloggers.

The 'Impact' of an Un-Mitigated Disaster

| Posted 09.01.2005 | Media
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Project Impact relied on partnerships of federal, state and local emergency workers, along with local businesses, to prepare communities for natural disasters. FEMA's website still proclaims, "Mitigation is the cornerstone of emergency management," but Project Impact is long dead.

Oh, Yeah -- Remember Those WMDs?

| Posted 09.03.2005 | Media
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The Associated Press has spelled out the whole sad story of how the Bush Administration tried to bend reality to convince itself and the world that th...

Proclaiming the Truth About the State of Emergency

| Posted 09.05.2005 | Media
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What's the Mark Twain line? "A lie can travel halfway 'round the world before truth can get its boots on." The Washington Post and hundreds of other m...

Finding the Phantom Ship

| Posted 09.05.2005 | Media
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Was a relief ship fully equipped with life-saving supplies delayed from assisting hurricane victims because orders from President Bush were slow in co...

Meanwhile, Back at the War

| Posted 09.05.2005 | Media
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It's not getting any better. The Washington Post reports that an al-Qaeda force has taken over Qaim, an Iraqi town near the Syrian border, proclaiming...

First Katrina-Related Disease Diagnosed

| Posted 09.06.2005 | Media
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In spite of the optimism that "large-scale outbreaks of disease will not occur" among Katrina survivors, relief officials have been on the watch. "[E]...

Guest Contributor: Sima Wali

| Posted 09.06.2005 | Media
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Note from MP: In response to my post about conditions in Afghanistan for women, I received an op-ed piece by Sima Wali, president of Refugee Women in ...

On the Horizon?

| Posted 09.06.2005 | Media
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So what new disasters can we look forward to that we've been ignoring so far?

Armstrong Williams Had Plenty of Company

| Posted 09.07.2005 | Media
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The dust stirred up in January about the US Department of Education paying commentators to promote the No Child Left Behind Act has finally produced the promised report...

Hitting a Curve Ball

| Posted 09.10.2005 | Media
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Most of America managed to ignore the Flight 93 National Memorial during the year-long process of competition, public review and comment period, and t...

Bursting the Bubble Around Bush

| Posted 09.11.2005 | Media
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Among the media's exposes of the shortcomings of officials during the New Orleans catastrophe, the scariest one is from Newsweek. "How Bush Blew It" pulls no punches...

Inside the Trenches of NO Coverage

| Posted 09.13.2005 | Media
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Can a 168-year old paper, whose initial cover price was a 6-1/4 cent Spanish coin, long survive after being reduced to what amounts to the country's most tragic metro section?

Feds Favored Fuel Over Help for Hospitals After Katrina

| Posted 09.14.2005 | Media
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In those first hours after Hurricane Katrina struck Mississippi, what was more important: alleviating the gas crunch in the Northeast, or restoring po...

Back in the Trenches

| Posted 09.15.2005 | Media
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In the latest installment of CJR Daily's inside look at news coverage of New Orleans, writer Paul McLeary switches his focus from the Times-Picayune t...

Everyone's the Enemy for War Reporters

| Posted 09.16.2005 | Media
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When talking about how dangerous the war in Iraq is for journalists, I should note that it's usually Iraqi journos taking the worst hits, despite comp...

Newspaper of the Homeless

| Posted 09.20.2005 | Media
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After I wrote about the Herculean efforts of the New Orleans Times-Picayune staff last week -- indeed, much was reminiscent of the Augean Stables -- a...

News That You Lose

| Posted 09.22.2005 | Media
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Catch up now on the year's most eye-openingly under-reported news stories.

Superdome Mayhem an Urban Myth

| Posted 09.26.2005 | Media
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The lasting impression of much of the world to the devastation of Hurrican Katrina was the Lord of the Flies depredations inside the Superdome, heaped with bodies. Remember? Never happened.

The New Monkey Trial Begins

| Posted 09.27.2005 | Media
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Lest we forget, old Copernicus had a hard time "proving" to skeptics that that the Earth moves around the Sun (and not the other way around).

'War on Drugs' Whacks Afghan Women

| Posted 09.29.2005 | Media
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Indeed there are plenty of stories out there for the US media to cover, but as I've said before, Afghanistan doesn't seem to be one of them, especiall...

A Lesson in Identifying a News Story

| Posted 09.30.2005 | Media
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If a public figure says something really really stupid in public, and the media don't report on it, has he made a gaffe? William Bennett said on his radio show on Wednesday that aborting future generations of black Americans would lower the crime rate...