Video: Gibbs rips Fox News for airing Michael Brown’s BP conspiracy theory

posted at 7:46 pm on May 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Gibbs puts his boot on Fox News’s throat.” Honestly, laying aside the specifics of Brown’s accusation against the White House, I don’t know what Cavuto was thinking in having him on to talk about, of all things, crisis management. He’s forever discredited by his Katrina performance; it’d be absurd theater even without the conspiracy theory. But for the record, here’s what he said:

“And I would not be surprised if the White House said, you know, we might be able to, guess what, do what? Use this crisis to our advantage,” Brown said on Monday on Fox News. “Let this crisis get really bad, and then we will step in. We will be able to shut down offshore drilling. We will be able to turn to all these alternate fuels.”

You can watch the Brown clip at Mediaite. There’s a variation of Truther that takes this same attitude towards 9/11. The strong-form crowd insists that Bush orchestrated the whole thing; the weak-form crowd counters that Al Qaeda did it, but that Bush knew all about it and looked the other way because the attack would give him a pretext to attack Iraq. Brown’s adapting the weak-form argument to the BP spill. Note to Brownie: The White House is already in a “panic” over how the spill could eventually destroy the image of competence they’re trying to craft for the elections ahead. I’m sure that’s why Gibbs freaks out here, in fact. The thought of “Obama’s Katrina” taking hold as a meme among the public is so dangerous — much more so than if they’d contained the spill and pissed off their base by pressing ahead with drilling — that he immediately reverts to Fox-bashing mode to steer the exchange towards another subject. Heckuva job. Be sure to read this AP fact-check of the White House’s response to the spill, though, specifically noting how causal Gibbsy himself was at the briefing held three days after the explosion on the rig. If I didn’t know better, I’d say they had their boot on his throat.

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Truth will out. Though to be fair, if the fireboom plan was developed in the 90’s, the question is then this: Did we have firebooms during Bush’s admin? If yes, what happened to them. If no, then Bush lucked out that a oil disaster didn’t happen during his time.

In any case, I’m all for drilling for everything we have. Considering how far from shore this one was, China’s operations on behalf of Cuba are closer to US shores and would be more damaging in a similar event thanks to the Gulf current.

Come to think of it, what’s to stop them from setting up as close as possible to our boundaries, then slant drilling into our own bona-fide reserves? I’d guess the mantra then would be “they’re drilling for the oil Americans won’t do”.

AH_C on May 5, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Classic Serpico. Its not that you have to do the deed. You just step back and let it happens. We are all doomed. Anything that happen while he is in office will always be a clear example of why we are wrong and why he has to defeat the norm.

I’ve been waiting for the Reichstag move.

Who’s going to make our next move. Palin was the only one with brass ones, and now she will never survive “drill baby drill” Every small move we make can be taken advantage of unless you come out big and give the Left a “tear down the wall” speech. And I mean the whole gambit, Peta, Teacher unions, Racism, DDT and on and on. It time to Call, ask the Demsto see proof of their success. Illustrate where there are Leftus policies there is devastation of humanity. Calling an Ace an Ace is showing fear. Unless you can call a “Spade a Spade” you ain’t ready for the job.

serendip2b on May 5, 2010 at 12:10 AM

UPDATE via NewsBusters:
“But Gibbs and the White House now have another problem: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews invited Brown on “Hardball” Tuesday to offer his conspiracy theory again.”
“Despite Matthews’ grilling of Brown, will Gibbs play fair and balanced by going after whoever represents MSNBC at the next press briefing?”
“Stay tuned.”

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mrt721 on May 5, 2010 at 12:17 AM

I put a curse on thee Gibbs: Thinner!

Sherman1864 on May 5, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Obama white house to news reporters:

Submit a list of ALL scheduled guests and their talking points by 10am daily. If your guests comments are not to our liking, Robert Gibbs will puff out his cheeks, turn red, yell & wag his finger in your face during daily WH press briefings.

TN Mom on May 5, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Snap on tools are great! But cheap China made tools stink. Gibbs may as well have been manufactured in China.

Lead alert!

Sherman1864 on May 5, 2010 at 1:00 AM

NewsBusters: Gibbs Scolds FOX for Airing Brownie’s Oil Spill Conspiracy Theory, Will He Bash MSNBC?

StewartIII on May 5, 2010 at 1:55 AM

What’s wrong with Brown’s theory?

Of course Obama and his ilk could try to take advantage of any crisis.

Hasn’t he, and them, already proven that time and time again?

William2006 on May 5, 2010 at 4:34 AM

A logical extension of Rham’s Rule. What was so egregious about Brown’s quote…that he had the gumption to utter it? Seems like Gibbs was reacting to a sharp probe on an exposed raw nerve.

SKYFOX on May 5, 2010 at 8:26 AM

‘Turn to the alternate fuels’. So our buds in the Chicago Credit Exchange can make a boat load of money off the suckers, I mean taxpayers. Oh, and we’ll make a ton of money too. Crisis and hoax, crisis and hoax, can’t get enough crisis and hoax.

Kissmygrits on May 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM

With this bunch, I have no trouble believing it. Followers of The One who disagree, take this pop quiz: name the White House Chief of Staff who famously directed his minions to “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

Hint: his name is Rahm Emanuel.

Paul_in_NJ on May 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Obama: Good job, Gibbsy!

Agree, that Browne is the LAST guy that should be interviewed for commentary.

That said, Gibbs is a major tool and cannot wait to see him knocked down a peg or two.

SmallGovtGuy on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM