BP and Obama Administration blocking coverage of the oil spill

Hmmm. So, when some of the media want to cover an emergency situation affecting the nation, this happens:

A pilot wanted to take a photographer from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans to snap photographs of the oil  slicks blackening the water. The response from a BP contractor who answered the phone late last month at the command center was swift and absolute: Permission denied.

“We were questioned extensively. Who was on the aircraft? Who did they work for?” recalled Rhonda Panepinto, who owns Southern Seaplane with her husband, Lyle. “The minute we mentioned media, the answer was: ‘Not allowed.’ ”

Seems to me I remember people loudly condemning a certain oil company and a President for not allowing the kinds of coverage of certain events of national interest that one could term, “open.” Of course, that was Halliburton and President Bush. Interesting that BP and Team Obama is getting pretty much a pass on this. Nice to see that it’s getting some air, of course, but where are those people who took every chance to deride those involved now that it’s their guy, hmmm? Kind of seems like their concern before was nothing but political caterwauling rather than serious concern about the matter.


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  1. […] As I mentioned myself a few days ago, I think BP and the Obama administration shouldn’t be denying the airspace to reporters, particularly aiming at reporters. In this, I agree with Al Gore. However, as Anthony Watts over at Watts Up With That? points out, Mr. Gore should be careful about what windows he’s throwing rocks toward. When giving a speech at the CTIA Wireless conference in 2009, Mr. Gore refused to allow any members of the press to come in and cover his appearance. Excuse me, Al, but if reporters should be getting unfettered access to cover the news then they should get that access when it’s you they’re covering. I’m glad you’re on the side of media access but you should can the hypocrisy, sir. […]

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