CNN: The feds are trying to block media coverage of how bad the oil spill is

posted at 7:35 pm on July 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Cubachi, a good one from last night’s AC 360. I don’t think this is an “Obama problem” as much as it is a “government problem,” but of course the bold, fresh Hopenchange climate of transparency was supposed to solve this particular government problem, wasn’t it? The next question, though, is what would be waiting for CNN on the beach assuming they were allowed to go down there. For a hint, see the second clip below via Fast Company. Remember, according to multiple sources, BP’s actually stooped to creating the beach equivalent of Potemkin villages as backdrops for Obama photo ops. Even the stuff in the gulf that looks okay isn’t really okay.

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The new Obama police state coming soon to a channel near you.

NotCoach on July 2, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Recycled exit question: Is it time?

Answer: Give Obama another couple of years to mull it over. These kinds of decisions can only come to fruition with laser like concentration over the fullness of time.

AUINSC on July 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM

First PBS, now CNN?

What next, Chrissy Matthews gonna come back from vacation, look deep into the camera and say “I’m sorry, Barry, I just don’t like you that way anymore.”

SuperCool on July 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM

I don’t think this is an “Obama problem” as much as it is a “government problem,”…

So who exactly is our current executive in charge of running federal agencies if this is not an Obama problem?

NotCoach on July 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Sounds like something a good press would want to test.

originalpechanga on July 2, 2010 at 7:41 PM

When does the shark feeding of o boo boo by the media begin? Why not make up the story as they did before few trust them anyway. Oh wait the polls are telling them it may be time to switch sides?
You Betcha.

Col.John Wm. Reed on July 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Mr. Day One!

yeah…

cmsinaz on July 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

I don’t think this is an “Obama problem” as much as it is a “government problem,”…

Now wait a minute. Back this up five years and would you say the same thing? Or, let’s say that anyone other than Obama is in charge of this -and according to the man himself, he’s large and in charge since day one- would you still say the buck stops with someone else?

Ap – I know you’re not an Obamabot, but you’re awful quick to cut him some slack sometimes.

BKeyser on July 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

I don’t think this is an “Obama problem” as much as it is a “government problem,

And here I though a President had a pretty fair amount of control over his administration. Silly me.

Tav on July 2, 2010 at 7:43 PM

obama problem = gov’t problem…

cmsinaz on July 2, 2010 at 7:43 PM

NotCoach on July 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Exactly…the government is Obama. I don’t think that just because he’s a hypocritical, incompetent boob, a distinction should suddenly be made here. If a GOP POTUS was in charge…*sigh*…nevermind.

AUINSC on July 2, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Crrickets

CWforFreedom on July 2, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Remember, according to multiple sources, BP’s actually stooped to creating the beach equivalent of Potemkin villages as backdrops for Obama photo ops.

And His Royal Highness was somehow unaware of this?

Tav on July 2, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Who are these people…

… and what have you done with Obowma’s media?

Seven Percent Solution on July 2, 2010 at 7:46 PM

And, if safety of reporters is the concern here, how can they justify embeds in combat zones?

This is surely an attempt to dim the light on incompetence. I suspect the WH Press Corps will have to start setting up on the East Lawn if this policy gains popularity.

BKeyser on July 2, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Seven Percent Solution on July 2, 2010 at 7:46 PM

It’s the same gang…notice that AC doesn’t mention Obama once.

“Mistakes were made”.

AUINSC on July 2, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Transparency is hard.

fogw on July 2, 2010 at 7:52 PM

I don’t think this is an “Obama problem” as much as it is a “government problem,”

So whose government is this anyway ?
Bush is gone..as far as I know

macncheez on July 2, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Bush is gone..as far as I know

macncheez on July 2, 2010 at 7:53 PM

He’s gone…but according to Obama, everything that goes wrong is Bush’s fault.

AUINSC on July 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

He’s gone…but according to Obama, everything that goes wrong is Bush’s fault.

AUINSC on July 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Bush is here with us in spirit… Looking at Obama like he is the big f-ing joke to the United States.

upinak on July 2, 2010 at 7:55 PM

The most opaque administration evah!!!!!

yoda on July 2, 2010 at 7:55 PM

If the media wasn’t so far in bed with Teh Won, this would have been an issue many weeks ago. However there is ‘no fury like a lover scorned’ which could make things very interest if the media ever wakes up to realize that they are not important to Obama any more.

docdave on July 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM

“Remember, according to multiple sources, BP’s actually stooped to creating the beach equivalent of Potemkin villages as backdrops for Obama photo ops.”

BP or directed by Obowma himself…?

“…besides, the sight or even the thought of Goldstein produced fear and anger automatically. He was an object of hatred more constant than either Eurasia or Eastasia, since when Oceania was at war with one of these Powers it was generally at peace with the other.

Seven Percent Solution on July 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM

“We are not the enemy here”. Anderson Cooper.

Actually Mr. Cooper, the Obama folks have decided that you are the enemy. I’m sure it is unpleasant but that’s the way they roll. Hell of a way to learn a lesson about The One and his minions.

Mason on July 2, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Seven Percent Solution on July 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM

The simularities….. makes you wonder doesn’t it.

upinak on July 2, 2010 at 7:59 PM

If the media wasn’t so far in bed with Teh Won, this would have been an issue many weeks ago. However there is ‘no fury like a lover scorned’ which could make things very interest if the media ever wakes up to realize that they are not important to Obama any more.

docdave on July 2, 2010 at 7:57 PM

They’ll support a dictatorship. “It’s better than the alternative, republicans”.

the_nile on July 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Exactly…the government is Obama. I don’t think that just because he’s a hypocritical, incompetent boob, a distinction should suddenly be made here. If a GOP POTUS was in charge…*sigh*…nevermind.

AUINSC on July 2, 2010 at 7:44 PM

The govt is certainly not Obama, nor was it Bush. The executive branch is essentially a conglomeration of bureaucracies staffed by unaccountable career officials. In reality for the most part, they are the ones who make laws and then choose whether or not to enforce laws.

They’re also liberal to the core and very difficult for a Republican to control. Admittedly Obama would have an easier time of it than Bush, but the key thing to remember is that the “expanding bureaucracy exists to support the expanding bureaucracy”. They may be liberals one and all, but if you think they’re going to risk their jobs, promotions, expanding oversight by taking risks to get the Gulf cleaned regardless of how much they like the president then you’re sadly mistaken.

As for the original question, it does seem though that this is a case where Obama, or even Bush, could easily take charge and make sure the media had proper access.

jarodea on July 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Someone just called Levin and asked if Barry would have reacted the same way if it was a Citgo rig that blew up and caused the leak. Would the Preznent have reacted the same way.

All I could think was …At least he would have met with them.

KZnextzone on July 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Right, and if the President had stepped in early and made it clear to everyone involved:

“I don’t care what it takes but we are going to get this thing solved. Don’t let the petty stuff slow you down. If there’s a road block you take care of it or find somebody who can. The buck stops here people!”

I had to drink after writing that in order to see the unicorns.

WitchDoctor on July 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM

BwaHaHaHa, welcome aboard AC! Maybe it now occurs to you that you’ve been a shill for not Messiah, but The Chicago Way Mafia. That the goombahs in the White House are just transplants from The Tavern on the Park in Chicago’s “viagra triangle”. Muscle who keeps out “undesirable” like you the press, while pols & hoods work back room deals and pick up on $500hr hookers.

These folks occupying the Daley Center on the Potomac are quite literally the thugs who “run things” as you are begining to find out out now that you are no longer useful.

Chump!

Archimedes on July 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM

radioactive oil, I Like It!

rob verdi on July 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM

As for the original question, it does seem though that this is a case where Obama, or even Bush, could easily take charge and make sure the media had proper access.

jarodea on July 2, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Any president can deal with his underlings. If Obama chooses not to he is making a choice to allow this. If they refuse to obey then fire the lot.

NotCoach on July 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM

I’mma cuss on here. No Sh*t.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 8:05 PM

“We are not the enemy here”. Anderson Cooper.

Actually Mr. Cooper, the Obama folks have decided that you are the enemy. I’m sure it is unpleasant but that’s the way they roll. Hell of a way to learn a lesson about The One and his minions.

Mason on July 2, 2010 at 7:58 PM

CNN is not the enemy, but if Cooper doesn’t keep his d**n mouth shut, the real enemy will find out what is going on.

pedestrian on July 2, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Suck it Anderson! You boot-licker syncophant!

Flyboy on July 2, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Thank you, AllahPundit. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank your exposing this. THANK YOU.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 8:08 PM

CNN and other newsoutlets,

Get some good intel on where to go first ,get a reporter and cameraman in there, make sure it goes live immediately and cough up the $40,000 fine and fight the felony charge.

Set the truth free.

Pick up your reporting awards next year.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 2, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Hmmm, curious that in a thread about censorship, that my comment on it gets censored. C’on Allah, has TH relly so nuetered the ballsy site that MM created?

Archimedes on July 2, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I don’t think this is an “Obama problem” as much as it is a “government problem,

The Obama administration seems to be incompetent, except if that was the case, someone would have been made a scapegoat and fired. But Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel are still there, so there has to be another reason for their actions/inactions.

The only logical explanation is that the Obama administration thinks they can use the oil spill and the resulting disaster to their benefit. I just can’t figure out what that benefit is.

huckleberryfriend on July 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I’m certainly not the first person to say this, but Sarah Palin would obliterate Obama in a debate about proper handling of this oil spill. I don’t usually buy into the “smell the fear” hype, but on this particular subject it is definitely valid.

fiatboomer on July 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM

The simularities….. makes you wonder doesn’t it.

upinak on July 2, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Just wait for…

“I’m sorry folks, no one can get within 65 feet of your polling place…

… because of “safety” reasons.”

Seven Percent Solution on July 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM

I just don’t understand why Tad Allen is allowing himself to be used like this.

huckleberryfriend on July 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Ap – I know you’re not an Obamabot, but you’re awful quick to cut him some slack sometimes.

BKeyser on July 2, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Yes. Yes he is.
And then he’ll whine “RINO!” when called on it.
Actually he whines an awful lot. In New Yawk that often passes for being tough.

Stephen M on July 2, 2010 at 8:18 PM

I just don’t understand why Tad Allen is allowing himself to be used like this.

huckleberryfriend on July 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Is there any indication anywhere that he had the slightest objection to it? Maybe it was even his idea.

Tav on July 2, 2010 at 8:20 PM

The day is not far off that Gulf residents will support themselves selling “Impeach Obama” bumper stickers….

IntheNet on July 2, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Please turn on him, fellas, pleasepleasepleaseplease… I’d settle for support for a hard-left primary opponent!

DrSteve on July 2, 2010 at 8:21 PM

So CNN gets smacked across the snout with government censorship and they can’t bring themselves to connect The Won to the government?

Question: If PBS and then CNN are going to report on a cover-up, wouldn’t it logically follow to find out how far up the chain this goes?

Ya know, somethin like “What did he Know and when did he know it”.

ontherocks on July 2, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Sounds like something a good press would want to test.

originalpechanga on July 2, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Enter Fox news, actually I think Beck’s next show should be done live from the gulf region.

TampaBayBull on July 2, 2010 at 8:26 PM

I don’t think this is an “Obama problem” as much as it is a “government problem,” but

Dammit Allahpundit, Why do you always try to give Obama an “out” to squeeze threw before you lay out the argument?

portlandon on July 2, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Here’s how BAD IT IS!!!!! Hat tip to commenter yoda.
This will make you sick!!!

http://travelingwoodbury.blogspot.com/

katy on July 2, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Gee…just a week or so ago someone questioned Adm. Allen’s uniform configuration…
~Clears throat….~
Now we see him in, although spiffy, civvies, @ 2:20 or so in AC’s clip…
Gee, I wonder why…

jerrytbg on July 2, 2010 at 8:33 PM

AC360? isn’t that the show that advertises itself as, “if you hate Republican’s, you will LOVE AC360″?

ramrants on July 2, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Obama is cast in the mold of Woodrow Wilson.

Mojave Mark on July 2, 2010 at 8:35 PM

yoda on July 2, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Opaque doesn’t quite cut. His administration is akin to a collapsed neutron star, mustn’t use the B.H. term, sucking in all information never to be seen again.

chemman on July 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM

CNN is 2 for 2 today in good coverage. They are also the only MSM covering the truth behind the attemped honor killing of “Harry Potter” actress, Afshan Azad, and now this? I’m impressed!

Oh, and I blame OBAMA for the blocking of the media. #1 because I truly do believe this is his doing and #2 because even if it isn’t his fault personally, Bush got blamed for everything and now it’s O’s turn to own it.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Ask them to take you out and hold your head underwater so you can get that view.

You’ll get your coverage.

Don’t forget to remove the lens cap….

KZnextzone on July 2, 2010 at 8:40 PM

huckleberryfriend on July 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Like McCrystal Tad Allen will be the next one to retire for the good of the regime.

chemman on July 2, 2010 at 8:41 PM

How soon before Anderson Cooper starts getting called a Teabagger for complaining too much? (Or some other sexually themed insult?)

Not much room left under that bus, is there?

DrAllecon on July 2, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Sounds like something a good press would want to test.

originalpechanga on July 2, 2010 at 7:41 PM

National Enquirer is busy with Gore. Who is left of the good press?

Wade on July 2, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Please turn on him, fellas, pleasepleasepleaseplease… I’d settle for support for a hard-left primary opponent!

DrSteve on July 2, 2010 at 8:21 PM

If I said what I wanted to say to you on this thread, I’d be banned. Suffice it to say Dr. Steve, I can only leave you a couple of tar balls. Wait for it!

0000000

There ya go. Now, have those as a side dish with your whateveah you call it beef and your farking arugula.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 8:45 PM

I just don’t understand why Tad Allen is allowing himself to be used like this.
huckleberryfriend on July 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM

He is doing it to protect his job. He did take over for “Brownie” during Katrina and he want to collect that huge retirement check.

It sucks! He is no better than “beltway bob” Gibbs.

I would jump at the chance to be the first reporter to violate the new “rule” and take it all the way to the bank!!!

AnthonyK on July 2, 2010 at 8:48 PM

My point in my previous post is simply this…
These a$$hats are more concerned about pcpr…then cleaning up this freaking mess…
Which by the way ain’t gonna happen…
What was it that rahm said…ummm….

jerrytbg on July 2, 2010 at 8:48 PM

Asking women posters here:

Have you ever felt that feeling in your gut when you hold back tears? Have you ever had to bite your lip when you KNOW something is wrong and there’s just nothing you can do about it? Have you ever been so angry but you had children in the house and you just want to scream (you can) but you won’t.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 8:50 PM

The whole gulf mess is trying to be swept under the rug. By all appearances it seems the only “battle” being waged by the White House is a PR one. As the Issa’s oversight commttee report illustrates the effort to actually mitigate the Gulfsaster is illusory.

http://republicans.oversight.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=848%3Arelations-campaign-on-the-oil-spill-is-harming-the-actual-clean-up&catid=21&Itemid=28

When you go through the entirety of it you could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that they aretrying to create an optimal crisis for polital reasons. That all their efforts on the coast are to merely hide the fact that they are allowing it to happen. Is it really too much to surmise that they are willing to despoil an entire eco-system and cause the ruin of 100,000′s to score justification for their Cap&Trade scheme. Considering the analysis of Obama’s Oval address over at NRO revealed in a word count that twice as much of the speech was dedicated to his “bold” new direction for the country than the Gulfsaster itself, I don’t think so.

Follow the link above and tell me what conclusion you come to.

Archimedes on July 2, 2010 at 8:51 PM

And none of it had to be … In 1993 a Saudi well blew out in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Aramco was told to do anything it takes to contain the oil. Panic set in … Something Obowma should have had happen to him on the third day when the Coast Guard said the well could blow up to 110,000 BDP until plugged. Yes they told the White House, check the CG logs. But what is weird is strangely enough, this is the same thing our EPA says, do anything it takes, to keep the oil off the beaches and out of the estuaries. Contain the leak at the well.

So the oil industry, that would be the typical oil people Obowma didn’t want to talk to, know what to do, the way to clean up the oil. The ex-Shell exec is apparently telling the tale to all who will listen

It’s called decanting oil tankers, ie A Whale.

So what did Saudi Aramco do? They built 4 ships with skimmer booms and decanting oil water separators onboard. These decanting oil water separating ships circled the well scooping up oil until the leak was finally plugged.

Those 4 ships, decanting skimmer tankers are what the Dutch offered us day 4. At last look the ships are still in port.

The ship A Whale is a larger sized, said to be able to skim 500,000 barrels a day … The Dutch claim, using all four of their ships they could do twice that per day.

At last check, the Dutch ships were still safely in harbor in the Netherlands.

It’s it time the lame stream media asked “what the hell is going on” — about a quarter of the Gulf is now full of floating oil.

And so why wasn’t this done, the EPA says the oil discharged had to be less than 15 ppm. And doesn’t this bring up the lunacy of big government idiots, what do you think would 99% less oil be better that all the oil that is now soiling the beaches and estuaries? What we should do is use Obowma and his Big Government bureaucrats to plug the Ho, using them as heavy top shot material.

tarpon on July 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Anderson is going to find himself in jail when the Holder DOJ finds out he’s been revealing ‘state secrets’.

GarandFan on July 2, 2010 at 8:54 PM

CNN & ABC,NBC,CBS,MSNBC is now getting paid back for their support and endorsement of Obama. He could care less about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. If he doesn’t like what you reporters are saying, He may nationalize your network.

flintstone on July 2, 2010 at 8:55 PM

tarpon on July 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Yeah, we know we’re on our own. We’re just trying to figure out how we’re going to live from now on. We’ll be fine & we’ll figure it out. I have no doubt in my mind that we will be absolutely fine as humans.

The worst part is the death of the life of the gulf. That will not be brought back.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Not only is Junior ineffective (by omission or comission), but he is running out of people who will cover for him.

This is good, but will change when the offending media wimps are either warned off or take a trip on AF1.

Or maybe some of the shills will awaken…

Harry Schell on July 2, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Oh, why start complaining now? Are you a team player AC or aren’t you?

You aren’t a neutral reporter, you’re a partisan hack…I remember the crap that was reported week one after Katrina. You made your bargain, live with the consequences.

Asher on July 2, 2010 at 9:00 PM

The old phrase was “fifth column”; saboteurs behind your own lines working actively for defeat. This is our duly elected D’rat government.

Okay pick your side. Prisoners will not be taken this time.

Caststeel on July 2, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Of course it is an Obama problem. Does anybody believe someone other than his admin is blocking the media. He just never thought it would be necessary.

clnurnberg on July 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM

tarpon on July 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Thanks tarpon.

How come it is that for every event there is a back story of D’rat malfeasance? Actually it is what they do. Other folks failure is their MO.

Caststeel on July 2, 2010 at 9:07 PM

About time. Big -o- must be going crazy, CNN being his butt munch buddy. God, how long do we have and will anyone listen? I hope to hell they are rolling this over and over in every airport.

nwpammy on July 2, 2010 at 9:07 PM

The worst part is the death of the life of the gulf. That will not be brought back.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 8:58 PM

FULL Disclosure: I’m in Tampa Bay. We are waiting. Watching.

Make no mistake, mister feckless leader: In Tampa Bay, we have had hurricanes for years. I won’t bore (sic) you with details like Gasparilla Parades. Little men like you would never understand. Please, keep your cheap pantsified pansy arse off of our shores. You’ve done enough damage to your Louisiana supporters.

Arrest me, Biatch.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Asking women posters here:

Have you ever felt that feeling in your gut when you hold back tears? Have you ever had to bite your lip when you KNOW something is wrong and there’s just nothing you can do about it? Have you ever been so angry but you had children in the house and you just want to scream (you can) but you won’t.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Yep. I’ll add: have you ever had your spidey senses all going off? Have you felt that foreboding in your gut where you knew something bad was happening/about to? I found myself sitting with tears running down my face yesterday when I heard my Pres. speaking. I’m not a “feeler voter” but what I felt made me fearful and I had, and have, such a deep sense of grief. I’m no longer able to blame anything he does on incompetence.

hoosiermama on July 2, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I’m no longer able to blame anything he does on incompetence.

hoosiermama on July 2, 2010 at 9:12 PM

+++P

jerrytbg on July 2, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Opaque doesn’t quite cut. His administration is akin to a collapsed neutron star, mustn’t use the B.H. term, sucking in all information never to be seen again.

chemman on July 2, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Agreed.

yoda on July 2, 2010 at 9:26 PM

This reminds me of how the Ruskies tried to cover up Chernobyl, and failed.

madmonkphotog on July 2, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Anderson, Anderson, Anderson…. That’s what we were talking bout Willis! Don’t you remember that the media destroyed George Bush with Katrina? hmmmm? Don’t you remember how his poll numbers went down even though George Bush never shoved those people in a silver dome like cattle ( poor people )and left them for dead? Obama is smarter than you idiot, you wanted him, you got him, now Do your friggin job and help us get him the hell out of there….

shar61 on July 2, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Careful CNN — you might get nationalized for whining about your god. Not that we’d notice much.

Since we must live with polls, I’d like to see one asking gulf residents if they think he’s doing this on purpose.

Feedie on July 2, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Me and perhaps 2,000,000 have had our “spidy senses” go off the past couple of years. Actually it is just experience and a knowledge of history. Action is the man’s response although I do understand a cry followed by action.

Me and my 2M “buddies” have laid in supplies. Our Mormon pantries hold more than just food. We improve skills not used in years.

Initiating violence is the prerogative of the left. Ending violence is what we on the right do. Peace thru superior power is our motto and we all know what Che Guevara said about the origin of power.

Time for all to return to the frontier ’cause it’s at our driveways. Women, support your men and guard your children. It’s amazing how a good man will understand and respond. Somehow a lifetime commitment makes both partners stronger.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Caststeel on July 2, 2010 at 9:46 PM

And yes I am being opaque. Except to those who whose eyes are on the target.

Caststeel on July 2, 2010 at 9:51 PM

And yet the networks had no trouble covering Katrina.

Ronnie on July 2, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Transparency as thick as oil.

shick on July 2, 2010 at 10:04 PM

A 65′ limit? Is someone standing on the beach with a tape measure? The entire gulf coast is under surveillance? Did you lose your telephoto lens? Sorry Anderson, it doesn’t sound like the MSM is trying to hard.

diogenes on July 2, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Careful CNN — you might get nationalized for whining about your god. Not that we’d notice much.

Feedie on July 2, 2010 at 9:32 PM

CNN has been nationalized since they were created by the Democrats decades ago. Ted Turner!

They’ve lied about the US dropping nerve gas on civilians in Laos, gave Saddam Hussein a pass for a decade just to keep their precious “Baghdad News Bureau” open, and their CEO had to resign in disgrace after being outed for claiming that US troops were “murdering” journalists in Iraq. All Bush’s fault, of course.

And yet to this day, look at any cable news study (PEW does the best), and CNN’s viewers are overwhelmingly Democrats. Last time I checked 82%.

Del Dolemonte on July 2, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Just send the National Enquirer; they’ll get the story ;)

TN Mom on July 2, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Eighteen months ago, like many Americans, I knew it was going to get bad. I knew the dems would screw up (they always do), I knew OB would try some weird things.

If anyone would have told me, back then, that things would be this bad today, I would have accused them of over-exaggerating and thought they were a kook.

I’m numb. Every day, I think “it can’t get any worse,” and just about every day, there is something new. Yesterday it was Pelosi saying “the best way to create jobs is to send out more welfare checks.”

Apparently there is no legal course of action to stop this madness. My Great [10] Grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War. I can’t help but wonder if my sons and I will be carrying on that family tradition for a second time.

BruthaMan on July 2, 2010 at 10:21 PM

So who exactly is our current executive in charge of running federal agencies if this is not an Obama problem?

NotCoach on July 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM

….Exactly…..

…..Cooper spends the whole report dictating one of the biggest taboo’s that concern the press…and that is the government shutting down the Freedom of the press…..and does not mention Obama’s name one time..

…..you know….the actual leader of the government entity
that is shutting them down.

….Things have gotten this bad down there and these so called journalist are still providing cover for Obama….
…..how pathetic.

…..This is understandable though….it was this same press that sold America on how the “super smart”,”incredibly honest”,and the “superior judgment” of their hero Obama was going to “change” the world.

….Now they are up to their necks in “Hope and Change” failure and are desperate for straw-man blame shifting.

Baxter Greene on July 2, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I feel like I’m living in a foreign country anymore.

scalleywag on July 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Asking women posters here:

Have you ever felt that feeling in your gut when you hold back tears? Have you ever had to bite your lip when you KNOW something is wrong and there’s just nothing you can do about it? Have you ever been so angry but you had children in the house and you just want to scream (you can) but you won’t.

Key West Reader on July 2, 2010 at 8:50 PM

About ten times over the last few weeks. Fortunately my daughter is 14 and old enough to see and at least partially understand much of what is going on in our Country, so I don’t have to do a lot of lip biting, but I do have to control my outbursts so that I don’t throw something at the television or scare her with my screaming. Even my “used to be a RINO” husband agrees with my political comments these days, and is much more sympathetic to a Conservative’s feelings about what is happening. What a way to be transformed huh?

I have cried in the shower, several times recently, over my Country’s plight, and these awful political decisions that I never thought I would see, at least in my lifetime. I fear for our future, and know that things are going to change somehow very soon. It is the same feeling that Hermine expresses at the end of one of the Harry Potter movies after Voldermort returns, where she says to Harry and Ron, “things are going to be different now aren’t they?”

Susanboo on July 2, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Tempest in a teacup. “First Amendment suspended,” my rear end. They don’t have 300mm lenses? Sure, they do.

Liberty Girl on July 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The lady doth protest too much, methinks. “We are not the enemy”? He says it 4 times in the last 1:15 of the clip. One time: ok, I got it. Twice: a protestation equivalent to, “we vigorously object”. Third time: some kind of jounalistist Jedi mind trick. But a forth time, that’s repitious propoganda rote.
They can’t take pictures of oil-soaked birds b/c of a 65′ limit? Really? You can shoot tack-sharp pictures of stop action from a 100 yards w/ a 400 to 600 zoom VR lens. Anyone ever seen the barrels photogs bring to sporting events?
Of course they want to get closer, so they can interview workers and get the complete story; otherwise, it “makes it very easy to hide failure and hide incompetence”. Bingo!
The Obama administration knows it’s important to control the message. I think CNN has finally decided, with their declining viewership, to save their bacon by reporting the truth, which cannot be allowed by this administration. I hope AC doesn’t own any prized horses.

Over30 on July 3, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Why’s this guy bitching…He helped elect Obama, what the hell does he expect…??????

Marconi on July 3, 2010 at 12:19 AM

I’m no longer able to blame anything he does on incompetence.

hoosiermama on July 2, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Welcome to the club.

Slowburn on July 3, 2010 at 12:40 AM

living in New Orleans and working in the oil industry (I’m an exploration geologist) I can tell you it’s bad

the spill is much worse than shown from platform worker comments

the obama administration not only sat on their hands, delayed, then stopped progress, recently they’ve seized the images sector as well
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there are no public fly overs allowed
rig personal for various producing platforms are under orders not to talk but see how bad it is on their flights and boat rides in and out to the rigs

whales, sharks and pods of dead dolphins have been spotted

the grand isle beach shown is only a few miles and could be covered over quickly. As for distance from recovery activities – forget 65′ – boats are not allowed out in the gulf or affected marshes – miles away they are rerouted out of the areas – no one is getting anywhere close to where they can photograph the oil impact

not only the 33 deep water rigs – but hundreds of wells on the shelf are at a stand still – no permitting – no driling, effectively a stealth shallow water drilling moritorium

so the whole gulf supply with many development wells on the shelf with quicker oil production declines (these usually are offset by new drilling), THis will lead to serious oil price increases starting a year from now.

Odd, seems if the recovery was all hands on deck – the Government would be taking credit and would be showing tons of skimmers working

you only see the big activity around the leak and relief wells

this is controlled media
and someone inside has to break this story with some behind the scenes quality video and photo work

audiotom on July 3, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Have a question- sorry if it is a silly one.

With the Navy studying dolphins all of these years- did the Navy find any underwater sound that chases fish, whales, etc out of the area?

Same question for birds. Is there a sound etc that would keep them out of the area?
Maybe we can’t save the animals struggling in the oil right now but maybe we can chase the others away?

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 3, 2010 at 1:13 AM

What we should do is use Obowma and his Big Government bureaucrats to plug the Ho, using them as heavy top shot material.

tarpon on July 2, 2010 at 8:53 PM

I really hate being the spelling police but you misspelled that word. The third letter is an I not an O.

Tav on July 3, 2010 at 1:31 AM

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