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Today, June 4, 2010, one of Politico’s headlines read, “terribly sad photos of sick animals in the Gulf emerged yesterday.” YESTERDAY? What took so long? It’s been 47 days! Politico ran samples of newspaper front pages from around the country. Posting a comment on that page, ‘Concerned in Tennessee’ writes, “Thank God the tragedy of this is finally coming to the front pages. It is heart-breaking beyond belief. Where are the protests?? Where are the Hollywood elite? When is the telethon scheduled?” This is now beyond infuriating! For the last few weeks I’ve been searching the web and watching how news programs reported on the Gulf Coast oil spill and for some reason, I wasn’t able to find many pictures of the mess and devastation of wildlife until recently. Can you tell me why most of the media didn’t report this story with the same conviction they did on the passing of Arizona law? Could it also be that the Obama administration failed to take the oil spill seriously at the beginning and the media didn’t want to raise more awareness because it would reflect negatively on Obama?
I don’t care WHO or WHAT caused the leak until they do whatever is in their power to fix the problem! This is beyond tragic and the photos now coming out are heart wrenching. Fox News Anchorman Shepard Smith appeared stricken by the images and mentioned that many news crews have said BP has tried to make it hard for them to get pictures of the worst damage. The oil keeps flowing and more and more media outlets are reporting on this disaster and giving it more of the attention it deserves. Where were they a month ago? It’s been 47 days now going on seven weeks. The national media is corrupt, in my opinion. They didn’t want to call more attention to a President who appears somewhat disconnected with the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, and who waited eight days to even make a statement. The administration seemed to be busier with other things like trashing Arizona, taking vacations, dealing with scandals, photo ops, and Paul McCartney concerts. But when an investigation into BP was announced, the media jumped in with gusto.
Please bear with the next few questions. If President Bush was still in office, do you think the media would have gone about this tragic story differently? Do you also think there would be more stories covering anti-war protestors or have all the war protests gone away, even though Obama sent more troops to Afghanistan? If Bush virtually ignored the Nashville flood the way Obama did, would it have been front-page news? Would Celebrities be speaking up and would Shaun Penn have flown to the Gulf if Bush were still President? Do you think all the environmental protests ended when Bush left office, or, are protests going on and the media is simply not covering them? Take a look at the pictures of suffering wild life; oil drenched birds, dead fish, and the amazing underwater cam that shows oil gushing out almost as fast as our national debt is growing. This has been made into a political issue and as of yet there’s still no answer to the problem! Gulf Coast states have been asking for help but where’s the national outrage? I’m tired of the double standard and fed up with a media that continues to influence or ignore the news instead of report it honestly to the people. The oil leak is not Obama’s fault. But something about the way the media has reported on the devastation leaves a foul taste in my mouth.