Gulf Oil Spill Is Obama's Katrina

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  1. targus

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    While numerous investigations will no doubt be launched into the companies behind the rig (BP, Transocean), will anyone ask what the DHS and The White House have been doing for 8 days, while an ecological disaster was unfolding in such a sensitive region?

    Let's at least acknowledge the obvious opposite, that if we were currently in a Republican administration that had just okayed offshore drilling in America, and they had gone eight days without serious action, they'd be getting absolutely pilloried in the press.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/deepwarter-horizon-obamas-katrina-2010-4
     
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    Yeap! It'd be "Bush's" fault alright! :tongue3:


    .........But, at least he'd be quick to acknowledge the death of 11 people who worked the rigs and send condolences to their families.
     
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    No one cares.

    Really.

    No one.

    Even those who claim to be environmentalists are surprisingly silent. This will be an economic disaster, but again, no one seems to care much.
     
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    If it bleeds it leads is an old newspaper adage. From a media point of view this disaster doesn't look like one. How do you show oily water? Apparently this is a light sweet crude and not the thick black gunk that spilled from the Exxon Valdez. So how do you frame a shot of what look to be Karo syrup floating in the ocean? There is no raging fire with a plume of black smoke trailing into the wind. There is no massive kill of sea creatures. No ducks getting a bath in Dawn dish detergent. No mama seal lamenting her oil choked offspring. No.... you get the picture.

    We've been conditioned by our 24/7 news cycle to expect our disasters to look like disasters.

    Secondly, we want our news to be fresh. The spill in the gulf is like so last week...


     

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