JACQUELINE MARCUS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Last Sunday, on NBC's Meet the Press, David Alexrod and Bob Woodward were invited to the "roundtable" to discuss Obama's low approval ratings. Alexrod replied:
Well, you know, I'm having flashbacks when I hear that number, David, because I remember when I was in the White House in the spring of 2010, and we had the oil leak in the Gulf, and Washington was in a twitter about that. And our numbers were damaged by that. And it was, you know, "Why can't they get it done? Why didn't he know what was going on in the mineral and mine service? This is Obama's Katrina."
And then we plugged the leak, got reparations for the people in the Gulf, helped repair the Gulf. And, you know, it wasn't mentioned in the 2012 campaign. So I think it's very hard to make judgments in the midst.
Bob Wooward responded to Axelrod:
It's a good framing of the question. Obviously we don't know. And you're right, health care is not the BP oil spill, it's something that's going to go on for years and decades.
What a fantasy! Really wish it were true. It would be interesting to know if both Axelrod and Woodward were paid off by BP, one of the prominent sponsors of Meet the Press, to subtly characterize BP's world's worst oil catastrophe in history as a mere "leak" that's been "plugged". Woodward chimes in on cue to add that the BP spill was a problem with an ending. It sounded like a script straight out of BP's phony Gulf TV advertisements or a kind of continuation of BP's misleading ads that show a glistening blue-watered ocean teeming with life. The reality is that the Gulf is a smelly, brown-colored cesspool of oil and toxic dispersants that has wiped out any signs of marine life.
Both Axelrod and Woodward should be ashamed of themselves.
BP's Gulf oil catastrophe is an endless health crisis. As I've been reporting for Buzzflash at Truthout, this is only the beginning of an emergency crisis:
It is long from over. Read investigative reporter Dahr Jamail's articles for the truth on how the Gulf is a dead zone, how the fishing and tourist industries are equally dead zones from the oil and tons of toxic Corexit that's been dumped into this ocean for the last three years:
By Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera featured report
Oil executives deliberately use the misleading term "leak" to describe devastating oil explosions and ruptures. And they most likely have given orders to the corporate media reporters-anchors to also refer to millions and millions of gallons of oil as a mere "leak" as an attempt to paint several colossal explosions three miles beneath the sea to a minor pinpoint hole. It's a convenient term to mislead the public, a horrible diminishing of the crisis that it is.
I don't know how long BP and the Obama administration can continue to lie and bluff and advertise their way out of the dire situation that is growing worse and worse with every day that passes down at the Gulf when there are thousands of Gulf residents who are sick, dying, and there are many clean-up crew workers that have died from the toxic exposure, but sooner or later it's going to blow up in their faces all over again. They can't keep this widespread, ongoing catastrophe under cover for long.
Jacqueline Marcus is the editor of ForPoetry.com and EnvironmentalPress.com. Author of Close to the Shore by Michigan State University Press. Her E-book Man Cannot Live on Oil, Alone / Time to end our dependency on oil before it ends us is available at Amazon.com Kindle Books.
(Note: Correction on BP's Final Nail in the Gulf Coffin: Why the Feds Must Ban the Toxic Dispersant Corexit: I wrote in this piece that Corexit has been banned in eighteen countries--UK. It has been limited not banned on how much and where it can be used in most countries. Norway and Sweden have banned it. There are no limitations of the use of Corexit in the U.S.)