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Archive for the 'katrina' Category

Too Opportunistic to be Ashamed

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

The Republican demagogue corps goes through the motions. Figures that this particular troll deigns finally to show his face and utter the word “Katrina” after years well spent cowering in obscurity. I guess there’s a statute of limitations on shame?

CNN, Anderson Cooper and “Celebralism”

Friday, July 7th, 2006

AC360 and its downward swirl into fawning nothingness, courtesy Harry Shearer’s Eat The Press.

Michael Brown Is Not An Incompetent, Underqualified Bureaucrat-Crony

Friday, February 10th, 2006

He’s a bitchy, defensive, combative, incompetent, underqualified bureaucrat-crony. The FEMA/Katrina hearings are demonstrating this. The hearings are also revealing that our President’s administration couldn’t (or wouldn’t) communicate in times of crisis. In an exchange with Robert Bennett, Michael Brown just implied that bothering to talk with Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff in the early hours [...]

Anderson Cooper: More Geraldo Rivera Than Ted Koppel

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Harry Shearer reports on Anderson Cooper reporting on New Orleans. Make sure to scroll down and read the comments and Shearer’s replies.

Frontline On Katrina: Dueling Bureaucrats

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

If you missed it last night watch for rebroadcasts throughout the week. It was one of most riveting Frontlines I’ve seen; the interview segments with Michael Brown are absolutely horrifying. It will also be posted online tonight.

New Orleans

Monday, November 7th, 2005

The news media has moved on to fresher, more recent natural disasters but Harry Shearer captures the neglected disorder and odd melancholy of his adopted home town.

Having A Terrible Time, Wish I Wasn’t Here

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Michael Brown managed to retain a sense of humor throughout that whole Katrina thing. Download a .pdf of some of the email exchanges [792kb].

Katrina’s Displaced “Assisted”

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

..and when you think about that term “assisted,” mull over the dual meaning of other words, like “serviced.”

Bush Press Conference & Today’s Speech | Bird Flu | McCain Amendment: 90-9

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

CJR Daily continues to be my first read every morning. Felix Gillette collects some blog-snark following the President’s news conference yesterday. Edward B. Colby looks at Bush’s proactivity regarding avian flu and the media’s reaction to it. Andrew Sullivan praises the McCain amendment after it passes the Senate. It’s sure to be vetoed by Bush, [...]

Gulf Coast A “Giant Laboratory” For Dueling Ideologies

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Ronald Brownstein’s news analysis in today’s LA Times examines political jockeying following Katrina and Rita: Both Democrats and Republicans increasingly view the battered landscape of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as a giant laboratory for testing their competing domestic policy agendas. Bush live a couple minutes ago: “We can all pitch in by being [...]