White House makes Reporting from Gulf a Felony

The Press has to stay away from the Gulf Spill 65 feet from any area the Coast Guard determines… The press might impede progress… oh like when the President visits?

Effectively reporting on the Gulf oil spill is now a Class D felony, punishable by a fine of up to $40,000.

That’s right, the most transparent administration in history has made it a felony, effective July 1, to get within 65 feet of what the Coast Guard determines are essential recovery efforts. According to Anderson Cooper, officials tried to up that number to 300 feet.

Cooper, who claimed federal officials prevented CNN on two occasions from taking photographs in the gulf, seemed frustrated when he reported on the new laws the day they went into effect. The press is “not the enemy here” he pleaded. The new policies, he said, make it “very easy to hide failure, and hide incompetence.”

Cooper also let loose this zinger: “Transparency is apparently not a priority with [Coast Guard Commandant] Thad Allen these days.” Ouch (full video and transcript below the fold – h/t Ron Robinson).

via Most Transparent Administration Ever Makes Effective Reporting from Gulf a Felony | NewsBusters.org.

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