Nearly two weeks after Adm. Thad Allen told Jake Tapper that he’d issued a written directive ordering Gulf workers to give the press “uninhibited access anywhere we’re doing operations” the New York Times is running a report that the opposite appears to be happening.
Journalists struggling to document the impact of the oil rig explosion have repeatedly found themselves turned away from public areas affected by the spill, and not only by BP and its contractors, but by local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials….Scientists, too, have complained about the trickle of information that has emerged from BP and government sources. Three weeks passed, for instance, from the time the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and the first images of oil gushing from an underwater pipe were released by BP.
Oof. It is mind boggling to think that in this day and age of mass media (literally) that the press (and the citizen press) can be kept away from, well, anything. More disturbing though is reports that the government is playing a role in this. And even more disturbing than both those things is that scientists are being kept away.
Amidst all the initial (and predictable) cabler brouhaha that President Obama has mishandled this crisis to the extent that it he risking his presidency stories like this, and the long damning piece in next week’s Rolling Stone, suggest there may be some dangerous kernels of truth to this theory. The kind that will only continue to grow.
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