Mainstream Media Helps BP Pretend There's No Oil | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Mainstream Media Helps BP Pretend There's No Oil

I sent one text message to Bloomberg's Lizzie O'Leary, who's standing on Grand Isle, Louisiana, right now, asking how the beach looks. "Lower part past the barrier untouched with globs of oil that washed up last night," she said. By "untouched," she means by cleanup crews, and that "barrier" she's talking about is the one the press isn't allowed past. I sent another text to Drew Wheelan, who's also in Southwestern Louisiana, doing bird surveys for the American Birding Association, asking him how big the biggest tar mat on Grand Terre—the scene of those now famous horrifying oiled-bird photos—is. "20 feet by 15," he said. "But bigger ones submerged slightly."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a new reality show on A&E called "Billy the Exterminator", and while I don't think it will have the legs that "Dog the Bounty Hunter" has, last night they did a special show on the destruction in the Louisiana wetlands in which they went deep into the marshes on air boats and saw how bad the damage is. There is no way that the oil has simply "gone away" between the time they shot the episode and last night when it aired. I could see from the editing this one was rushed through post.

One rather interesting aspect is that the guy who was leading them around the marshes told Billy that they were under orders not to try to save any animals. They were supposed to call a special phone number with a GPS coordinate for the animal, and "eventually" someone would come de-oil the critter. Of course, the implication is that nobody ever shows up , and in any case the animal would be long gone by the time they do. Even though he was told he would get into trouble for it, Billy managed to save a raccoon and get it to a cleanup center.

But the point of all this is, the claims that the oil has just gone away is purely a political exercise to limit BP's financial liability in the case, and to save the Democrats in November.

Meanwhile, all of my readers are requested to send in photographs (preferably with a date and time stamp) of all the oil you can still see on the beaches and waters starting today and continuing until the oil really is cleaned up. Please report all instances where cameras are being blocked from approaching possible oil spills.

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