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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I can’t figure out how this supposedly works for Obama. Up until now, I’ve figured that he’s put the word out to go slow, to give impetus to cap and trade and an anti-oil energy policy. But this just looks like either total incompetence or spite.

Neither the government, the oil industry nor the states down there were prepared for this, but the behavior of the federal agencies involved seems nothing less than interference.

flataffect on July 3, 2010 at 2:14 AM

The media thinks these restrictions are onerous? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Just wait, my little pretties, until you see what Comrade Obama has in store for you if you let him.

Adjoran on July 3, 2010 at 2:20 AM

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

scalleywag on July 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM

No, on a recent business trip to Brazil I found an optimistic, energetic spirit like the US had a few decades ago. Upon return to the US I was struck by the general lethargy and sluggishness in every type of activity. We gave it away, and the game is going to the quick young countries.

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

We are many, and becoming legion. TEA Party everything in November…if we make it that far. When you’ve lost CNN…

Who is John Galt on July 3, 2010 at 3:43 AM

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

I agree with the first 3 words. You are incredibly naive if you believe that (more likely willfully deceiving yourself to the painfully obvious).

Mr Purple on July 3, 2010 at 5:27 AM

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

I agree with the first 3 words. You are incredibly naive if you believe that (more likely willfully deceiving yourself to the painfully obvious).

Mr Purple on July 3, 2010 at 5:27 AM

Why one or the other? Obama promised us things would get better. They haven’t. That’s the government problem. Things have gotten worse. That’s the Obama problem.

Obama is government right now, perhaps moreso than any other politician in the history of our republic. He’ll own it if things go well, and he’ll blame someone else only when things go south.

gryphon202 on July 3, 2010 at 5:51 AM

Isn’t this something that CNN was totally cool with back when Saddam Hussein was doing it?

Cylor on July 3, 2010 at 6:00 AM

AC rants about the measures the government is taking (65 feet, security zones around equipment etc) that the ADM in charge of the effort says that are being taken to protect both the press, the workers, and the equipment. So, Anderson—let me ask you a question–the government says it is acting in your best interests by instituting preventive health measures and you don’t like that…..so, let’s talk about that Obamacare bill thing again, eh buddy?

ted c on July 3, 2010 at 6:14 AM

No, on a recent business trip to Brazil I found an optimistic, energetic spirit like the US had a few decades ago. Upon return to the US I was struck by the general lethargy and sluggishness in every type of activity. We gave it away, and the game is going to the quick young countries.

Found the same in Panama just a few weeks ago: Growing economy, same optimism and energetic spirit found in the people, rapidly growing middle class, democratic government with a president that extols the virtues of a free-market, capitalist society (I was told he loves the USA but sees Obama as an inept fool).

For about a year, my wife and I have been looking into a number of other countries to move to and, after our visit to Panama, we were so impressed that we bought a lot in the town of Boquete. We’ll be building a house and moving there within a couple of years.

Rod on July 3, 2010 at 6:27 AM

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

scalleywag on July 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Non-sequitur and brain cramp: Is this a Talking Heads lyric?

BTW: Under this administration, a LOT of Talking Heads lyricsa are suddenly making sense…

Hieronymus on July 3, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Hmmm nationalizing industries on a monthly basis and no access to the media.

But don’t you dare call him a fascist.

angryed on July 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM

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

Uh, no. The feds are trying to block media coverage of how bad the deliberate malfeasance by the Obama administration is in the cleanup.

single stack on July 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM

CNN is not turning against Obama per se. They are offended that they cannot cover the serious environmental problems they’d like to exploit for their listeners and he’s apparently the problem. I wonder if they think he doesn’t care as much as they do(I wonder too!). I suspect that if it came to a choice between supporting obama and stopping the environmental damage, obama would be history yesterday. Funny though isn’t it, that they feel so stroungly about this and the undermining of our country’s values and freedoms escapes them.

jeanie on July 3, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Funny though isn’t it, that they feel so stroungly about this and the undermining of our country’s values and freedoms escapes them.

jeanie on July 3, 2010 at 8:55 AM

put AC in the running for a CPT Louis Renault award.

ted c on July 3, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Yea, I noticed the couple of times Mr. PResident was at the beach there were teeeeeny tiiiiiny tar balls there and everything else looked pristine. I figured that was intentional and that he was nowhere near the ugliness that has to be out there. I’m afraid it’s far worse down there than anyone imagines.

scalleywag on July 3, 2010 at 9:22 AM

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

100% disagree because Obama is the one who appointed the people running the government now, so yes this is an “Obama problem”

JeffinSac on July 3, 2010 at 9:30 AM

nowhere near the ugliness that has to be out there. I’m afraid it’s far worse down there than anyone imagines.

How could it not be! I’ve reached the point where everytime they show that video of the oil boiling out beneath the Gulf I have to shut off the TV or leave the room. I’m slowly beginning to grasp the level of damage(yes I know I’m backward), the helplessness of not being able to do anything about it and the horribly inadequate response from the goverment. It’s not anger though, it’s a terrible sadness.

jeanie on July 3, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Let’s see…hmmm…Obama appoints a Presidential Commission to investigate an oil spill. Said Commission is made up of radical environmentalists who have been advocating the abolishment of the oil and gas industry in the US for the past 40 years. Then we find that the government is doing as little as possible about cleaning up the spill.

Rocket science?….not

percysunshine on July 3, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Yes it is deliberate. Yes the federal bureaucracy has deliberately impeded the cleanup. Yes the federal response has been to refuse offers of aid from foreign nations, to refuse internal offers of resources, to refuse to permit berms, skimmers, and any and all other approaches to solving the problem.

Why? Simple. Obeyme HATES the USA. He HATES the American culture, which he sees as “white”. He HATES white people (and from his perspective, Asian and Indian immigrants are “white” people too).

Everything he does is done to damage the USA economically and to damage our long built relations with our strongest allies, while releasing the “rats into the grain stores” — e.g. permitting the Left and the Donks to loot and pillage Federal funds wherever that is possible. Call it reparations, call it the Cloward-Piven strategy — call it what you want. But judge him by his actions.

Everything he does has one aim — the destruction of America. He sat in Wright’s church for 20 years. He is a true believer. And he will USE the Left, and he will USE the Donks in Congress, and he will USE the federal bureaucracy to achieve his goal — the destruction of the USA.

And he will do this by action.

And he will do this by inaction.

And he will do this — as long as he can.

SunSword on July 3, 2010 at 10:05 AM

We are not the enemy here!

Hey Baggerson Pooper, haven’t you figured it out yet? If you want to report truth, you ARE the enemy (in your case the enema) of the Hussein Administration. Wake the f up, Pooper. You know that spade you’re not calling? Well, it is one.

Western_Civ on July 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM

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

I guess a sort of turnabout is fair play? The media blocked its own coverage of how bad Obama was during the election. No curiosity about his writings, his cohorts or his past.

Cry me a river, Anderson. You, the media, put yourselves in such a weak and ineffective position with this administration and only now, you are beginning to see how much contempt this administration has for you… Boo hoo!

Fallon on July 3, 2010 at 10:55 AM

SunSword on July 3, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Imagine how bad things will get this November if we wrest control of one or both houses from the Dems. The lame duck Congress will have nothing to lose by enacting every vile, progressive policy they have had wet dreams over for years. Of course, this is no reason to leave them in power. The cleansing must begin sometime. Better to lance the boil now than continue to let it fester. We can flush the Obamaturd in 2012 and, with a strong conservative Congress and President, begin the restoration of liberty. There are no guarantees, but outside of the Constitution there never were.

Extrafishy on July 3, 2010 at 10:56 AM

This is the result of these clowns in the media playing lap dog to a wanna be banana republic dictator. Now they want to bitch and moan about it.
Don’t forget he now has the authority to shut down the internet for up to 4 months.
Enjoy your hope and change asshats.

iceman1960 on July 3, 2010 at 10:59 AM

How dare you criticize THE ONE. Now go back to the mall or watching American Idol.

the_moll on July 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

I’m so ashamed of our government. They’re worse than incompetent, they’re lazy and stupid and don’t give a damn. They scream about global warming and saving the planet and then sit on their asses while the worst catastophe ever to happen unfolds and then try to hide the damages. Disgusting. They make me physically ill.

scalleywag on July 3, 2010 at 11:04 AM

We obviously had no real plan for this type of emergency.

What else is new. We think shampoo in a bag is border security.

AnninCA on July 3, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Wow. I didn’t know Anderson Cooper was such a racist. How dare he criticize The One!

bitsy on July 3, 2010 at 11:19 AM

you may not think that you’re the enemy, but how does it feel to have Rahms teabag on your forehead?

what goes around…..

ted c on July 3, 2010 at 11:24 AM

doesn’t AC know that his only function is to occupy the space on the screen of TV sets that are setup in gyms and waiting rooms all across the country? Where does this guy get off criticizing anyone? He’s like the extra air in a bag of potato chips or the styrofoam peanuts in a box—he serves a tangential purpose to the task at hand…. but he’s essentially, pretty unimportant—maybe someone should send him the memo.

ted c on July 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

CNN deserves this and much worse – let their ratings tank even more… Anderson Cooper is a complete douche bag to think that any thing different would have happened. Who the hell wants these doofuses to be snooping around with their cameras at the site of the worst oil spill ever? What was CNN expecting to do ? Film the cap efforts live ??

Cooper/CNN is not expected to be anything but supportive of Obama – why did he go off script ? Is this a ploy to get ratings?

To all the HA folks, Happy 4th of July from India (i know its early,but still..)

nagee76 on July 3, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Yep. Covering for an incompetant president stinks, doesn’t it, CNN? Welcome to the party, pal.

kingsjester on July 3, 2010 at 11:59 AM

The Feds are trying to block media coverage? What a laugh – they’re both the same entity -same ideology – same goals – same lies -same scoundrels.

Don L on July 3, 2010 at 12:08 PM

When Anderson Cooper and his leftist minions dare to show an abortion live on TV then, and only then, will I begin to believethat they care even the least about the first amnedment and giving Americans the info they need to vote properly (wasn’t that the intent for protecting these scoundrels?) You won’t ever be allowed to see our government’s complicity in slaughteering innocent human life – why get excited about the plight of a dumb seagull before the plight of our own humans?

Don L on July 3, 2010 at 12:16 PM

I think dear leader let his crisis get away from him and is now way bigger than either the feds or BP can control. Hence, at this late date, accepting foreign help and allowing the A Whale get to work is their admission. Maybe he should tell the EPA, OSHA and any other govmint alphabet group that is still getting in the way to get out of the way.

Kissmygrits on July 3, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Or in Obama’s case, never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity AND malice.

Daggett on July 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM

The Feds are trying to block media coverage? What a laugh – they’re both the same entity -same ideology – same goals – same lies -same scoundrels.

The media is dropping a dime on the federal government???….hmmm…I wonder which part of the government Axelrod has in mind.

percysunshine on July 3, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I don’t think he is criticizing the “One” at all. He is criticizing others and through this video hopes that the “one” hears his plea. He believes that the “one” will make this right when he learns of it. Please note that he did not name Obama one time in his little hissy fit.

bloggless on July 3, 2010 at 2:07 PM

I find it very hard to have any sympathy for CNN, or any other media coporation that enabled this. Woody Allen said he thinks Congress should give Obama unlimited power. Let him be a dictator, so he can get something done.

Well, members of the msm….here its. The dictatorship you wanted. You helped make this happen. So rather than whine about it, maybe you should have a party. It’s what YOU have been waiting for!!!

capejasmine on July 3, 2010 at 2:59 PM

So, our government headed by Obama and others who view a crisis as an opportunity too good to waste, have blocked all media access to their response of this massive environmental man made disaster.
One wonders what kind of things may be in play here. What kinds of procedures or practices the government may not want noticed.
One wonders how this massive man made disaster may in fact be used as training for other kinds of future man made disasters.

JellyToast on July 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM

thats soo creepy, reminds you of the way ex-Soviet Uniona dn China used to operate and still do. I see more and more similarities between this pathetic excuse for a prez and Putin, only Putin doesn’t give s^%$ about ideology, it’s all about power and hoding on to it for him, and of course having everything under tight control. Most importantly – and I have to give him that – he manages to project an image of strength in the process, the tough guy who flexes muscles right and left and who gets it and stands up for his country. While our own ‘enlightened’ one is more of a Stalinist than a pragmatist, back to the 50′s Soviet politics/policies, folks…How ironic that Russia elected a guy (or rather two of them as apparently they come in pairs there :-) who takes their country into the 21st century albeit in an arguably ‘unorthodox’ manner, while our own O’Dhimmy takes us 50 years back with his inane and misguided policies…What’s more sad is that a brainwashed electorate with hardly a few functional neuronal synapses put this tragi-comic character in power and now a whole nation is stuck and actually moving backwards as a result, in terms of policies and end results of course… and something makes me think that the same ‘endowed’ electorate will crown this fool king beyond 2012…yuk…

jimver on July 3, 2010 at 5:18 PM

after our visit to Panama, we were so impressed that we bought a lot in the town of Boquete. We’ll be building a house and moving there within a couple of years.

Rod on July 3, 2010 at 6:27 AM

Build a spare room…

Who is John Galt on July 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Or in Obama’s case, never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity AND malice.

Daggett on July 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Exactly, those things are not mutually exclusive.

Cylor on July 3, 2010 at 9:44 PM

If we had an honest “media” in this country, this would be the lead story every day…

Khun Joe on July 4, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Why hid it? It’s obviously Bush’s fault.

tgillian on July 4, 2010 at 11:02 AM

after our visit to Panama, we were so impressed that we bought a lot in the town of Boquete. We’ll be building a house and moving there within a couple of years.

Rod on July 3, 2010 at 6:27 AM

Build a spare room…

Who is John Galt on July 3, 2010 at 9:15 PM
Build a condo….

theaddora on July 4, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Still, interesting how the blame gets placed on the random, anonymous “government” or “feds”. I remember an 8 year period where the blame went to Bush, Bush administration, administration, etc…

reaganaut on July 4, 2010 at 12:20 PM

US Orders Blackout Over North Korean Torpedoing Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Rig
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
A grim report circulating in the Kremlin today written by Russia’s Northern Fleet is reporting that the United States has ordered a complete media blackout over North Korea’s torpedoing of the giant Deepwater Horizon oil platform owned by the World’s largest offshore drilling contractor Transocean that was built and financed by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd., that has caused great loss of life, untold billions in economic damage to the South Korean economy, and an environmental catastrophe to the United States.
Most important to understand about this latest attack by North Korea against its South Korean enemy is that under the existing “laws of war” it was a permissible action as they remain in a state of war against each other due to South Korea’s refusal to sign the 1953 Armistice ending the Korean War.

Grayzel on July 5, 2010 at 9:57 AM

It’s so simple. Comrade Obamakov is punishing the Confederacy. Nitwit…….

adamsmith on July 5, 2010 at 3:20 PM

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