And now back to our regularly scheduled program:
A panel appointed by President Obama to investigate the oil spill produced the following report. Bear in mind, however, that the panel obfuscated the full extent of the WH cover-up in deference to the President. [Also, as far as I can tell, there is no mention in the report about the administration's push - prior to the oil rig explosion - to allow the Deepwater Horizon project to continue despite safety concerns.]
From the New York Times:
The Obama administration repeatedly underestimated how much oil was flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from the stricken BP well, contributing to public fear about the accident and a loss of faith in the government’s ability to handle it, according to a sharply critical report from the presidential commission appointed to study the disaster."The absence of trust fuels public fears," the report goes on to say, "and those fears in turn can cause major harm, whether because the public loses confidence in the federal government‟s assurances that beaches or seafood are safe, or because the government‟s lack of credibility makes it harder to build relationships with state and local officials, as well as community leaders, that are necessary for effective response actions."
The report, one of four made public on Wednesday, is sharply critical of senior administration officials for a series of inaccurate estimates of the amount of oil spewing from BP’s Macondo well and how much of it remained in the Gulf of Mexico after the well was capped...
The government figure was continually revised upward, even as independent scientists using more sophisticated methods were estimating a discharge rate many times higher than the official numbers...
“By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the gulf, the federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem.”...
In August, top administration officials proudly proclaimed that 75 percent of the oil had evaporated, dissolved or been collected..., But the commission staff said that the government’s own data did not support such sweeping conclusions. A number of respected independent researchers have concluded that as much as half of the spilled oil remains suspended in the water or buried in seafloor and coastal sludge.
The report also says that about two weeks after the BP rig exploded, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asked the White House for permission to make public its worst-case models for the accident. The White House Office of Management and Budget denied the request, according to government officials interviewed by the commission’s staff...
There's is a lot more critique in this report, including many of the things I mentioned during the course of this harrowing ordeal while the "White House Oil Spill Cover-Up" continued to linger on and on and on. I posted several videos on YouTube pertaining to this subject, which included investigative reports from ABC's Brian Ross and the findings of Skytruth founder John Amos, and more - all of which revealed how the White House clearly covered up the extent of the oil spill from the get go. [Unfortunately, almost all of the aforementioned videos were deleted - inadvertently - by yours truly.]
Question: If George W. Bush had been in the Oval Office while a cover-up of this magnitude had occurred, if he were President, right now - as this report is being released to the public - do you think the mainstream media would treat this matter as if it were merely a minor infraction, as they will surely do in the coming days?
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