Before There Was Oil, There Was Water: Harry Shearer’s ‘The Big Uneasy’ (Video)

The Big UneasyHere’s Harry Shearer (of Spinal Tap and Simpsons fame) being interviewed by Michael Smerconish about his new documentary The Big Uneasy on Hardball with Chris Matthews below. Here’s a bit about the documentary:

Almost five years ago, a disaster struck New Orleans. The media said it was a natural disaster primarily affecting poor black people. On both counts, the media was wrong.

In The Big Uneasy, humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer gets the inside story of a disaster that could have been prevented from the people who were there. As we approach the fifth anniversary of the flooding of New Orleans, Shearer speaks to the investigators who poked through the muck as the water receded and a whistleblower from the Army Corps of Engineers, revealing that some of the same flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina are being used to rebuild the system expected to protect the new New Orleans from future peril.

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  • justagirl

    i watched “witness katrina” on natgeotv last night. it airs next on august 30, @ 5:00. “amateur videographers, news crews, and countless others were recording the sights and sounds of the unfolding chaos. witness: katrina reconstructs hurricane katrina as it happened, entirely through the eyes of those who experienced it.” it was unbelievable.

  • Your Mom

    “The media said it was a natural disaster primarily affecting poor black people. On both counts, the media was wrong.”

    It was Thomas Sowell, the brilliant economist, who pointed out that most journalists have no expertise other than journalism. If journalists restricted themselves to basic reporting of events and summaries of the day’s important news, this wouldn’t be a problem. But the trouble comes when so much of the news today is based on (a) speculation and (b) discussion of the “meaning” of news … as in “Senator John Doe’s controversial bill was passed into law, what’s this mean for the future of America’s paintbrush makers?” No one can predict the future, so it’s useless to discuss what will happen tomorrow. But it’s cheap to discuss the future, and rarely are journalists called to task for their false predictions (i.e., Time magazine naming Adolph Hitler “man of the year” for 1939 because he was *obviously* not a warmonger and would be satisfied with the Sudetenland and Austria… http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19390102,00.html)

    And because most journalists are educated by leftist professors, the infamous “liberal bias” yet again rears its ugly head. Leftist journalists predicted that poor black people (a pre-approved victim group) would suffer the worst impact of the flooding … but the journalists were dead wrong.

    And a comedian is calling their bullshit. Good for Shearer.

  • Your Mom

    “The media said it was a natural disaster primarily affecting poor black people. On both counts, the media was wrong.”

    It was Thomas Sowell, the brilliant economist, who pointed out that most journalists have no expertise other than journalism. If journalists restricted themselves to basic reporting of events and summaries of the day's important news, this wouldn't be a problem. But the trouble comes when so much of the news today is based on (a) speculation and (b) discussion of the “meaning” of news … as in “Senator John Doe's controversial bill was passed into law, what's this mean for the future of America's paintbrush makers?” No one can predict the future, so it's useless to discuss what will happen tomorrow. But it's cheap to discuss the future, and rarely are journalists called to task for their false predictions (i.e., Time magazine naming Adolph Hitler “man of the year” for 1939 because he was *obviously* not a warmonger and would be satisfied with the Sudetenland and Austria… http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,1939010…)

    And because most journalists are educated by leftist professors, the infamous “liberal bias” yet again rears its ugly head. Leftist journalists predicted that poor black people (a pre-approved victim group) would suffer the worst impact of the flooding … but the journalists were dead wrong.

    And a comedian is calling their bullshit. Good for Shearer.

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