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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Filtering the news is propaganda

On July 1, 2010 the government issued an order barring the public and the news media from coming within 65 feet of clean-up operations of the gulf oil spill without permission from the Coast Guard.   Anyone not authorized by the Coast Guard “must not come within 65 feet of booming operations, boom, or oil spill response operations under penalty of law.” Those who “willfully” defy the White House order could be prosecuted as Class D felons and face up to five years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

Here's an excellent op-ed about first amendment rights.  He raises an interesting point as to why the media only cries foul on first amendment issues when it pertains to media, but not to other entitites.


Red Shoes said...

You know, the really dumb thing about this... is that he PROMISED the media that they would be allowed to cover anything concerning the oil spill that was occurring!

THIS is his transparency???


Even Anderson Cooper (CNN) is fussing about the way in which the media is being censored...


Catch Her in the Wry said...

shoes: Don't tell me you believe anything a politician tells you?

Red Shoes said...

Well... I do have to admit to being one of the more gullible people I know... :o( My learning curve is Hell..



ps: Of course not... but I did have to feign some level of shock... no? ;o)