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  • Wandering Eye: Troubles for the Red Cross, perception vs. reality, and David Simon reveals details of his next miniseries

    Wandering Eye: Troubles for the Red Cross, perception vs. reality, and David Simon reveals details of his next miniseries
    Is America's best-known relief agency a disaster pimp? Some of the Red Cross' employees are saying so, with documentation to back it up, according to a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, "40 percent of available trucks were assigned to serve as backdrops for news conferences," the news outlets say. The story says aid was "politically-driven," lots of food was wasted, and—holy what?—sex offenders were housed with kids. "It was just clear to me that they weren't interested in doing mass care; they were interested in the illusion of mass care," says Richard Rieckenberg, who helped lead the Red Cross' response to Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. This is of course shocking. Except it is also kind of normal. The organization was fined $9.6 million in 2009 for violations of blood safety rules. It was criticized after Hurrican Katrina and 9/11, when the organization handed out money to folks who arguably didn't need it and diverted some $200 million of donations to administration and long-term goals. Back in 1993 there was a consent decree with the FDA over blood safety, which have led to millions of dollars of fines ever since. The Red Cross is, arguably, Exhibit A for the late Chris Hitchens' proposition that some organizations' actions are too often judged according to their reputation, instead of the other way around. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
  • Winter TCA Tour HBO

    David Simon, creator and executive producer of the HBO series "Treme," participates in a panel discussion at the HBO Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

    RIP Homicide/The Corner Screenwriter David Mills

    As The Sun and other outlets are reporting, David Mills has died. A reporter with The Washington Post, Mills moved from journalism into television as a writer for Homicide: Life on the Streets, the series based on his college friend David Simon's book. He...

    Teaser Trailer for David Simon's Treme Debuts

    Wire nerds all over the internet have been abuzz the past 24 hours or so thanks to the release of the first teaser trailer for Treme, David Simon's new series for HBO. The series focuses on musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans, and "New Orleans" and...

    TCA Summer 2013: HBO Executive Session

    Thursday at the Television Critics Association (TCA) 2013 Summer Press Tour, HBO CEO Richard Plepler, and president of HBO programming Michael Lombardo, addressed reporters about the current state of their network, and plans for the future. Here are...