Fox News’ Brit Hume Denies the size of the Gulf Oil Spill

Fox News' Brit Hume Denies the size of the Gulf Oil Spill
Hume keeps selling the oil industry talking points
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Fox News is still in full spin mode when it comes to the Gulf oil spill. Since the explosion, the network has been touting the virtues of offshore drilling, while downplaying the damage from the Gulf spill. However, Fox News Sunday’s Brit Hume took it to new low today, when he doubted the size of the spill because the oil has not covered the coast yet. Hume asked, “Where is the oil?”

Here is the video courtesy of Think Progress:

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Even though the size of the spill has been confirmed to be larger than the Exxon Valdez, Hume tried to cast doubt on the facts, “Let’s see if that happens. There’s a good question today if you are standing on the Gulf, and that is: Where is the oil?… It’s not on — except for little of chunks of it, you’re not even seeing it on the shore yet.” Using Hume logic, since the oil can’t be seen on the shore then it must not exist.

Hume also repeated the oil industry’s illogical talking point that the ocean will absorb the oil, “You know where the greatest source of oil that seeps into the ocean floor is? It’s from natural seepage from subterranean deposits, that’s where most of it comes from, not from drilling accidents, so what’s badly needed here is some perspective on our energy policies, and also on the hard realities of what really goes on when it comes to oil spills.” Later, Hume made Rush Limbaugh’s argument that ocean can absorb the oil, “The Ocean absorbs a lot.”

A 2002 report by the Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Energy Division concluded that the ocean can handle it industry talking point is false, “Natural seeps and spills differ in that seep rates do not, on average, exceed the marine environment’s capacity to digest the oil, whereas spills may exceed its capacity. Major spills overwhelm nature’s mechanisms for processing the oil, in the short term. The consequences include severe oiling of shorelines and mortality to organisms that are ill-prepared to live in an oil-soaked environment.”

With the notable exception of Shep Smith, comments like Hume’s have been the party line at Fox News. The argument is very simplistic. Since we can’t see the oil, then the oil must not be there. This was the same argument used against atoms and molecules by science deniers in centuries past. We can’t see the oxygen, but we know it is there. Just because the oil is underwater does not mean that it is not there.

Hume’s argument is also disingenuous because we can’t see much of the footage of what is going on underwater due to the fact that BP won’t release it. Maybe we could see more of what is happening, if BP was honest, and not worried about criminal or legal liability. Brit Hume and Fox News don’t care about the lives lost or the people and environment impacted by this spill. Their mission is to keep spreading the talking point that offshore drilling is safe, and that this spill in the Gulf is no big deal.

12 Replies to “Fox News’ Brit Hume Denies the size of the Gulf Oil Spill”

  1. Outrageous.did he see pictures of sealife washed up dead, covered in oil? Its heartbreaking. Hey, fox news, fuck you.

  2. OK, it’s time to just tattoo “Property of GOP” on these clowns’ foreheads. And just like the current GOP, you can’t believe a word they say. It’s all a big lie, meant to get you to vote for a party that stands for nothing but corporate interests and Wall Street, thereby lining the pockets of the very people who calculatedly run on being “just like you”- every day Americans.

    ENOUGH.

  3. “Using Hume logic, since the oil can’t be seen on the shore then it must not exist.”

    Im not sure what can be said after that statement. Fox is really going out on a limb with the California thing and this.

    You suppose this is a power play to divide the country? Do they think they have that many followers? They are pushing very hard

    Could prison time be following?

  4. Brit it is in your hair, your dumb fuuuuu…… My god I am beginning to really hate the new GOP and their unholy mouth FUCK News.

  5. Latest from faux “news”: The oil slick is, is… Shimmering and rainbow like, yet, not at all like the rainbow coalition… It’s it’s… well, It’s BEAUTIFUL.

  6. Huffington reports today that BP and our own coast guard are not allowing journalists to photograph oil that has come onshore, citing that its BP’s rules. No pictures.

    Someone gave our country to BP and didnt tell us.

  7. This was, indeed, a new low for the former newsman Brit Hume. He was trained and set on his trail, by a respected reporter whose last name is Anderson, the first name escapes me, when he was a baby in the late ’60’s and early 70’s, when the word “reporter” was respected.

    Take your millions and lies to your grave, Brit. What a WhoreDog. To try to trash Juan Williams, on your own show (although I think Juan is in on the take and the ploy) is so despicable, in the light of the greatest environmental disaster ever.

    MurdochNews wants to make this like Obama’s Katrina — like the rightwingers will try to win, at the cost of truth, human lives, the environment, etc. Only Israel matters, and Hume isn’t even a Jew !!!!

    Where was Brittany, when GoldmanSachs took us to the cleaners.

    What a WhoreDog.

  8. Remembered Brit’s mentor’s 1st name — Jack.

    Tom. Still holding off Alsheimer’s. But Brit should be afflicted with something worse, and quicker.

  9. Has natural seepage from subterranean depths ever shut down or threatened to shut down entire fishing, shrimping, oystering, clamming and tourist industries? Has this ever happened before? Does anybody know? Do we have some marine bio majors out there or perhaps some geologists?

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