Countdown Clocks

Countdown Clocks

BP announced that they will settle with the federal government for $4.5 billion and plead guilty to 12 felony counts related to the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At the time, the company received a vigorous defense from Fox News and others in the conservative media, which accused President Obama of “demonizing” the company for its role in the environmental disaster which killed 11 workers and caused billions of dollars in damage.

At the time, right-wing media figures attacked congressional hearings on the spill as, in the words of Rush Limbaugh, “a show trial” similar to “what happened in Stalinist Russia.” Fox’s Charles Krauthammer compared the congressional hearings to “Incan ritual slaughter,” while Glenn Beck called them ”Salem witch trials.” Bill Kristol said that BP was being “persecuted by a demagogic congressional committee chairman.”

Fox figures also repeatedly expressed concern that the congressional hearings might have hurt BP’s stock price.

Soon after the oil rig explosion, media outlets began drawing a link between BP management failures and corner-cutting on the Deepwater Horizon and the accident — links subsequently confirmed in a September 2011 report from federal investigators, which found that ”BP was solely to blame for 21 of 35 contributing causes to the Macondo well blowout, and shared blame for 8 more.”

As oil continued to gush from the ruins of the oil platform, however, several Fox figures criticized not BP, but Obama’s administration for trying to hold the company responsible. Stuart Varney, Monica Crowley, Sarah Palin, and Fred Barnes all accused Obama of “demonizing BP,” while Krauthammer said that Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement of the criminal investigation into the oil spill amounted to “declaring war on the oil company,” which he termed “distasteful.”

H/T: Matt Gertz at MMFA

  1. awalt2069 reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president and added:
    Fucking assholes.
  2. the-privateer reblogged this from que-mystery and added:
    what i don’t get is why people listen to that terrorist organization
  3. skyghe reblogged this from halfwayinfinite
  4. halfwayinfinite reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  5. browngurlwfro reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  6. hairtrending reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  7. muchtoocynical reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  8. truth-has-a-liberal-bias reblogged this from justinspoliticalcorner
  9. hcknloopr reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  10. hafwen reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  11. oinonio reblogged this from 6dogs9cats
  12. 6dogs9cats reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  13. reagan-was-a-horrible-president reblogged this from justinspoliticalcorner
  14. tangomeroughly reblogged this from justinspoliticalcorner and added:
    Fox News’ and friend’s value criterion is so fucked up if they think there is any way you can weigh body bags,...
  15. justinspoliticalcorner posted this