Fox News Accidentally Blames BP Not Obama for Oil Spill Clean Up Issues

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Fox News’ Brian Sullivan was filling in for Neil Cavuto today and was running the usual blame Obama for the Gulf oil spill segment, when guest Republican Billy Nungesser accidentally changed the narrative and blamed BP for the red tape involved in the clean up, “You know the red tape. We’ve got stacks of paperwork waiting to be approved by BP.”

Here is the video courtesy of Media Matters:

Republican Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser was Brian Sullivan’s guest and they started out talking about how government red tape is hurting the oil spill clean up efforts in the Gulf and Nungesser supposed to complain about the federal government, which he did, until Sullivan asked if there was too much red tape and bureaucracy to fight this thing as we need to?

Nungesser first blamed the White House for not letting them drop rocks in the Gulf to act as barrier to the oil, “Yeah, the rocks have been denied. I got a call from the White House they will not allow the rocks. They’re going to Plan B. Sullivan asked why the rocks weren’t allowed to be used to create a break water. Nungesser answered, “They say it’s going to cause scuffing of the islands. It could cause more damage. The same thing they threw at us when we talked about the berms early on.”

Nungesser then screwed up the whole segment by telling the truth, “You know the red tape, we’ve got stacks of paperwork waiting to get approved by BP for skimmers as this oil continues to come ashore…There’s skimmers out there, and we need to put them all to work, and BP needs to approve the paperwork so we can get these skimmers in the water.” Well, there goes the whole blame Obama and “big government” for the Gulf oil spill segment. By telling the truth, that it is BP who is the problem, not Obama, good old Billy unintentionally destroyed the very anti-Obama point that Fox News is trying to make. Sometimes even the best laid plans of cable news’ best propaganda machine go up in smoke when the truth gets in the way.

8 Replies to “Fox News Accidentally Blames BP Not Obama for Oil Spill Clean Up Issues”

  1. Obama told America that if we can win WWII and put a man on the moon, we can plug this leak and solve our dependency on fossil fuels.

    But there’s a missing piece: the soldiers in WWII had the Pentagon and Neil Armstrong had NASA. What’s the man on the street supposed to do to solve the fossil fuel problem? Is it time for an organized, funded effort?

    The following link is to a satirical video, but it underscores this issue in real terms.

    Link: You’re Soaking In It

  2. I understand what you’re saying — Obama said we all had to keep working, and this is a big part of it. WE have to push for legislative change – for the Republicans to vote on the alternative energy bill and be willing to give up the conveniences of our vehicles, etc.

    Getting by with one car and using bikes, the bus, etc. is a good start.

  3. Obumer can’t do what needs to be done. We do need any more merry go rounds or swingsets instaled at the whitehouse.

  4. Correction needed, where you write:

    Republican New Orleans Parish President Billy Nungesser

    should be

    Republican Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser

    Plaquemines Parish and Orleans Parish are about as far apart politically as they could be.

  5. I am afraid this country is a far cry from the country who put a man on the moon. As we have seen the Republican Party has no intentions of being part of anything that’s going to fix anything. If they were smart and truly supported DP like they pretend to do, they would want BP to be functionally solid as soon as possible and they would be doing everything possible to help get that well fixed. Instead they are taking the political tact of saying no to everything and complaining about how much ships might be in the water, or how much foreign help we are excepting.

    Republicans are not making good choices

    According to the news the other night there were 7000 ships, 113 aircraft in over 45,000 people working on this disaster.I’m just not sure how you can get that’s the White House is fault out of that.

    The rocks and the berm would have been gone with the first tropical storm that passed through. It’s a pity the Fox news wouldn’t have been broadcasting from one of the berms

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