Skip to comments.Oil Spill - CBS Threatened With Arrest For Filming The Oil Spill (Coast Guard: "This Is BP's Rules."
Posted on 05/23/2010 10:03:33 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
""This video was shot by the local parish government in South Pass. When we [CBS] tried to reach the beach covered in oil, a boat with BP contractors with two Coast Guard officers on board told us to turn around under threat of arrest.
"This is BP's rules, not ours."
We spoke to Coast Guard officials today. They say that they are looking into it.""
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Bobby Jindal isn't waiting anymore for the Obama administration to get its' act together. He said that Louisiana is going to take more matters into their own hands to deal with the oil spill.
It looks as if CBS did not go to the Obama-approved site where the animals would all be happily at play.
Is the Obama administration working with BP to try to cover up just how bad this disaster is? I am beginning to wonder, based upon what I have been coming across...
The complete lack of news coverage would be a first clue. This is an epic disaster, and our Resident is giving his opinion on how LeBron James should go to the Bulls next year.
Obama botched this, no question about it.
And like Palin said, Obama is beholden to them. As she said, he received more campaign cash from BP than any other federal politician in 20 years.
I am certainly not against oil drilling offshore or anywhere else, but Obama is a corporatist/socialist, which is bad, bad, bad.
He supports gov’t controlled capitalism, not free market capitalism.
>BP now makes rules that citizens must adhere to?
So many weird things happening... it’s kinda creepy.
Obama wants a news black out on his disaster.
The millions paid by BP to Obama and the democrats pays off.
Obama botched this on an epic level.
And I bet that he knows it, too.
It’s no secret that there is an oil spill. Why no pictures? We’re not talking about exploitative photos of human corpses here.
In other words, a Fascist.
statement from Rob Wyman, Lieutenant Commander, USCG, Deepwater Horizon Unified Command.
Neither BP nor the U.S. Coast Guard, who are responding to the spill, have any rules in place that would prohibit media access to impacted areas and we were disappointed to hear of this incident. In fact, media has been actively embedded and allowed to cover response efforts since this response began, with more than 400 embeds aboard boats and aircraft to date. Just today 16 members of the press observed clean-up operations on a vessel out of Venice, La.
The only time anyone would be asked to move from an area would be if there were safety concerns, or they were interfering with response operations. This did occur off South Pass Monday which may have caused the confusion reported by CBS today.
The entities involved in the Deepwater Horizon/BP Response have already reiterated these media access guidelines to personnel involved in the response and hope it prevents any future confusion.
>Its no secret that there is an oil spill. Why no pictures?
Because without pictures the majority of people will forget about it in a while (i.e. along the same vein as the “if I see it then it’s true; so if I don’t see it it could be not-true” psychology-idea).
This is at least one side effect of the public education system producing so many functional illiterates.
I thought that a journalist faced with arrest for continued coverage of a topic would continue and get arrested.
The New York Times further reports, “Tensions between the Obama administration and the scientific community over the gulf oil spill are escalating, with prominent oceanographers accusing the government of failing to conduct an adequate scientific analysis of the damage and of allowing BP to obscure the spills true scope.”
“The scientists point out that in the month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, the government has failed to make public a single test result on water from the deep ocean,” the Times observes. “And the scientists say the administration has been too reluctant to demand an accurate analysis of how many gallons of oil are flowing into the sea from the gushing oil well.”
“The Obama administration, it appears, has higher priorities,” Burkart suggested, “namely helping BP in its frantic efforts to keep the public in the dark about what is almost surely the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history.”
>> Obama botched this, no question about it.
Without any comments from the peanut gallery.
Oh yeah, media embeds are good....
That way they can take the media to the sites that they want them to go to?
But it looks here that CBS apparently goes off on their own and that then they are threatened - per what CBS said.
And who would ever think to say “This is BP’s rules, not ours” on their own? Hmmm?
Does BP think that they can make rules now?
For anyone to say that BP “has no rules in place” is laughable.
BP can’t make any rules for the media, even if there was a place that they thought was appropriate to make a rule.
Frustrated Louisiana officials Sunday demanded the federal government approve their plans to dredge up walls of sand to protect delicate inland estuaries from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“Either the Coast Guard has to side with its American citizens and protect its communities, or it has to side with a major world corporation named BP and betray American citizens in that process,” St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro told reporters.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator for the response effort, told reporters the barrier island project was still under review. Environmental and wildlife officials “are weighing in on the impact to endangered and threatened species and other impacts this large-scale project could have,” she said.
Mayors and parish presidents were critical of both the government and BP’s handling of the cleanup, recounting stories of misdirected protective booms or skimmers that sat on trucks ashore. And a visibly angry Taffaro said the delays threatened his parish’s ecosystem and the livelihoods of his people.
“I don’t have a crystal ball,” he said. “But if I were a betting man, I would be betting that the plan is to let us die, then come back and do $75 million worth of cleanup and close the book.”
He said some officials had even suggested setting oil-soaked marshes ablaze, a step he called “not an option for us.”
“That kills our hurricane protection. It wipes out our species, our ecosystem and everything we’ve been fighting to protect,” he said.
It’s becoming obvious now: OBAMA DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
He watches his daughter play soccer, he plays golf, he fritters his time away...he doesn’t know what to do about this crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.
This man reached his competency level a long time ago and now he’s flumoxed - he just doesn’t know what to do next.
He doesn’t possess any creative ideas and cannot figure out new ways to solve old problems. Out of control oil gushers ain’t new and there ARE people out there who can fix this problem.
That’s the problem with community activists. They only know old stale 19th century Marxist theories on redistributing wealth. Those have been tried and failed. New ideas require creativity, like how to create wealth and plug up oil gushers on the deep sea floor.
He hasn’t a clue what to do.
To add to what I said in post #15...
Some of what I have read says that there are unconfirmed reports of cameras and video recorders being confiscated (by whom would be anyones guess) and that scientists are being kept from setting up equipment to monitor and check out the damage.
What if that catastrophe was a airborne biological assault and not a marine?
“OBAMA DOESNT KNOW WHAT TO DO”
“Rules for Radicals” is all Obama knows. Nothing else.
Worst President in American History. Obama is a horrifying curse on the nation.
A real journalist would.
They just don’t want you to see all those oil covered unicorns, its bad for Ozero’s image
Where is Mary Landrieu? She hasn’t been heard from in weeks.
Well I do have to say the media is well known for not getting out of the way when they should...the story is always their first concern....or making one happen by their intrusion... I give the BP and all credit here..
News people today aren’t looking for truth..rather how they can “develope” a long running story to keep selling the scoop.... often of their own making. Since most are in Bo’s pocket I don’t give much credit to them.
Scientists with good ideas for capping the well are being totally ignored. I wonder why?
Hey, if you gave over $2 million dollars to Obama’s 2008 campaign like they did, you’d expect him to stay bought, too!!
The money BP spent on Obama’s campaign was money well spent I see ...
I agree he’s in over his head. Although I vehemently disagree with his socialist political views, I think he’s basically well-intentioned and very intelligent. But he was a first-term Senator with no prior national-level political experience, and very little big-time mover-and-shaker experience of any sort — really not anywhere near ready to be President. 8-12 years later, he’d have been competent (though still a socialist), but now he is indeed flummoxed. It’s genuinely unfortunate that the nation’s first black President will leave such a shaky track record, but it is what it is.
We were due for a leftist President no matter what — just the mood of the country in late 2008. But it’s too bad we couldn’t have gotten a more experienced one. Though I’m glad we didn’t get Hillary — deep down she’s not a socialist anyway, just a Hillaryist, but she’s got oodles of high-level experience, most of which involves deliberate wrong-doing and lying, both of which she’s frightfully skilled at getting away with.
I guess I’m happier to have a well-meaning but in-way-over-his-head socialist in the White House, than an evil, conniving, highly effective pseudo-socialist. But this is a lousy time in global economic and political history to have the US head of state be someone who’s in way over his head.
Because anything that sullies, damages or punishes America is a ‘good thing’ to Zero. He’s enjoying seeing all the damage and he will profit from it by banning offshore drilling for US companies (while foreign companies will continue to drill our shores...if they pay Obama to play like BP did).
Obama is a control freak and wants to control every aspect of the USA.
Mary Landrieu: useless sell out pig.
Living it up on BP bribe money... oops, I meant “contributions.”
So you were one of the FReepers who voted for the jerk.
“I think hes basically well-intentioned and very intelligent”
You are trying to make a joke...right?
If not, you are a moron, just as the idiots that voted for him.
Obambie has intelligent teleprompters and puppet masters, like George Soros.
He has a criminal mind, what there is of it.
“He hasnt a clue what to do.”
Bingo. Nice analysis.
BP, previously known as “M & M Enterprises”..
No, not joking. He is quite intelligent — enough to plot a successful course from nowhere to the Presidency in a breathtakingly short time frame. Don’t underestimate him.
And I haven’t seen any real evidence to suggest that he’s not well-intentioned. By definition, politicians who reach anywhere near the level he has, are people who have firmly resolved to find a way to get to the top, and not to worry about stepping on some hapless toes to get there. But if there had been any serious evidence of dark motives, it would have been dragged out and dissected under a brilliant spotlight by the Hillary Clinton machine.
Just because we disagree with someone’s leftist political views doesn’t mean they’re out to do evil. In my opinion, anyone who is working to advance socialism IS doing evil, but many (perhaps most) of them really believe it will lead to a better, fairer society. I actually think President Obama is smart enough that within a decade or so (maybe sooner, given the crash course he’s getting in reality), he’ll abandon that belief. But right now, he’s a barely middle-aged man who grew up in communities and universities that overwhelmingly espoused the notion that socialism equals justice, and being a talented black man, was especially encouraged in this belief by hordes of less-intelligent (and a few evil-minded) proponents who were his authority figures, and he still believes it to a significant degree.
Nope, didn’t vote for him, but sure wished I’d had a better alternative than McCain.
I’ve seen photos of oil covered birds and heard reports of dead creatures on the MSM as well as public radio. Tonight they were showing the oil covered marsh reeds, which kills them.
Hussein SUCKS UP to BIG OIL!
“Scientists with good ideas for capping the well are being totally ignored. I wonder why?”
I’m very seriously wondering why there isn’t a line-up of ships with various ideas ready to be implemented one by one until something takes. I’m not a scientist but I can think of half a dozen kooky ideas to try. What’s the frikkin hold up?
He is not intelligent at all. I never heard him say one intelligent thing since he came on the scene. If he is so intelligent, why does he use teleprompters for even casual public comments? Why is it that when he doesn’t use teleprompters he can’t stop saying uh, uh, uh, uh? Why doesn’t he release any of his university transcripts? He is nothing more than a stooge who goes along with everything his handlers tell him to do.
Obama is a lesson on how far you can fool all of the people some of the time.
But one has to remember that they only want a looooong story if a republican is involved....
Bravo! Your post is perfect!
I doubt it’s about filming. The BP surface ships have to act with coordination and don’t want to have to navigate about hundreds of journalists (which is what you would get if you let one in).
Also: some of those journalists smoke. In some parts of the spill area, that could be dangerous.
Please! What the HELL are you smokin'?
Yeah, intelligent. Of course the untold hundreds of millions of dollars in small donations from Europe sent by people with names like "Mickey Mouse and Pluto" and the involvement of Soros and his billions along with the total complicity of the media had NOTHING to do with his getting elected...right. Take a hike pal, you're either blind or stupid and have no business here. You simply do not meet the minimum requirement for intelligence.
IMO- that plotting was by the liberal left (and the liberal right), who thought it would be "cute" to have one of them in the WH. I don't believe for one moment that obama planned and accomplished it by himself. He was a nothing as a senator, and now he amounts to nothing more than a sock-puppet.
The GOP also could have provided a better selection of candidates for 2008 than they did.
You are getting caught up in the wrong issues to focus on.
What matters are the following:
What: the rules. Who - who makes the rules: BP or the CG? It is unfathomable that BP could think that in any situation that they (a private business) can tell citizens what they can and cannot do. They don’t get to run the Gulf. That is what people should focus on here - that BP thinks that it can make rules. Nope, doesn’t work that way.
BP doesn’t get to say squat about what the rules are. The CG does that. The CG, though, let it slip who the boss was down there.
The CG did not say that THEY didn’t want lots of journalists in there. The CG said that BP said that they couldn’t come in and that they (BP) were the ones making the rules.
There have been mnany times where there have been oil spills in the US. A past Gulf oil leak where around 150 million barrels got out occured, the Valdez occured and so on. There were tons of journalists that covered those and all the journalists didn’t cause a meltdown then and they wouldn’t cause one now, either.
Journalists smoked then, too. They didn’t catch themselves on fire and they didn’t burn up the area where they smoked, either.
Don’t give Obama any BP and the CG any bogus excuses.
BP apparently wants embedded reporters/journalists. That way, they will report the “official” story.
Don’t fall for their spin...
and yet an incident commander controls the scene of the incident.
it is probably not a good practice to allow news crews to go and play in the oil spill.
cause when they come down sick (for any reason), they are going to be suing BP and the US for allowing them to go and play in the oil.
“... but nobody told us we shouldn’t eat the oil”
perhaps we should let them go and play in the oil. the tickets to the lawsuit might be worth the show.
“... if the oil ain’t slick, you gotta acquit”