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sheikurbouti - 2010-07-03

Wait until Fox News hears about this.

Syd Midnight - 2010-07-03

I wonder how they'll steer blame away from Bobby Jindal

Ursa_minor - 2010-07-03

Blame Obama, obviously.

AfricanScience - 2010-07-10

FUCK OBAMA. fuckin half-breed frontin' ass halfrican.

Monkey Napoleon - 2010-07-03

I don't get what the big deal is. Sixty-five feet? If you've got something better than a cheap digital camera you bought at walmart, 65 feet is as good as being 2 feet away.

The guys getting stonewalled at the medic tents is a different story.

Monkey Napoleon - 2010-07-03

needs hyperbole tag.

Dicknuts - 2010-07-03

My thoughts exactly. Telephoto lenses, shotgun mics and a trampoline.

baleen - 2010-07-03

This is nothing close to a violation of 1st amendment rights.
Its a decent solution to the enormous disruption that media mobbing causes to anything useful that people are trying to do. Telephoto lens, exactly.

longwinded - 2010-07-04

how are you supposed to interview someone from 65 feet exactly

phalsebob - 2010-07-04

Peniscopter with microphone.

Toenails - 2010-07-04

Something clever involving Mentos.

I mean, it *is* easy when you are full of life!

schwaeg - 2010-07-04

there are rules concerning telephoto lenses. the right to privacy has been a touchy thing lately especially with the increase of technology. several courts have ruled that if a person reasonably expects to have privacy that the use of technology, like a telephoto lens, is an invasion of that privacy. so that news company could be sued for huge dollar amounts most likely by the worker who feels like his or her right to privacy has been violated. BP would likely have less standing to sue because of their prominence in the world, but a clean up worker would generally expect more privacy because of the enforcement of a 65ft boundary.
that being said. journalists have no more right to be somewhere than the rest of the public. journalists aren't licensed and they have to jump through hoops just like anyone else. just some of them who made it to national news services think because they are a big name they deserve access to things "normal" people wouldn't get access too.

tldr: you can only shoot approx. what the regular human eye can see if there's a privacy issue involved. some journ. are a-holes and forget that they are regular people and have to follow the same rules.

memedumpster - 2010-07-04

This rule also fucks over most cheap camera phones.

Monkey Napoleon - 2010-07-04

I'm not sure how society benefits from Anderson Cooper interviewing booms and dead fish. Also not sure if booms and dead fish get any kind of expectation of privacy as a rule of law.

BP telling it's clean-up workers not to talk to the press (even by threat) =/= the US gov suspending the 1st amendment.

Anderson Cooper is INCENSED because he knows a golden opportunity to advance his career and gain prominence by scooping one of the worst natural disasters in recent history has been hamstrung. He can still show you oil soaked wildlife. He can still show you thousands upon thousands of square miles of wrecked ocean. He can still bring you the sob stories from local buisnessmen whose entire livelihoods are gone.

What he CAN'T show you is Anderson Cooper cradling an oil-choked baby dolphin, tear in his eye, sobbingly explaining about how it's breaking his heart. See Also: Haiti

I stand by my request for a hyperbole tag.

longwinded - 2010-07-04

these are public beaches you stupid fucks

Monkey Napoleon - 2010-07-05

I declare myself winner, and hereby answer your insult by dismissively instructing you to go craft another tin foil hat.

schwaeg - 2010-07-05

public beaches haha. have you ever tried to go to a public beach after dark? beaches close. just because it's a public beach doesn't mean you get to use it whenever and however you want. there are rules. also, a public beach can be closed for a number of reasons. jellyfish, sharks, oh and maybe an environmental disaster. stupid fuck

SixDigitDebt - 2010-07-03


dora's cough - 2010-07-03

so your take on this is that the coast guard is enforcing a media blackout in order to encourage reporters to volunteer.

SixDigitDebt - 2010-07-04

Like a reporter would ever do anything useful.

RomancingTrain - 2010-07-03

That Fat Allen guy is an asshole.

takewithfood - 2010-07-04

Every time he says that, I hear "Fat Allen". Comforting to know that I am not the only one.

memedumpster - 2010-07-03

Obviously, Anderson, you are the enemy. Duh.

cognitivedissonance - 2010-07-04

I think what weirds me out about this most is that BP is still completely under the delusion they might still be able to resell their oil.

If anything at all, maritime salvage law has been suspended.

Longshot- - 2010-07-04

I say let the reporters go out and wade hip deep in the oil. In fact, let everyone who wants to wade in toxic sludge do so. Please, it'll remove those idiots from the equation sooner.

I'm just fine looking at that stuff from a distance, if the reporters wanna get right up in it, I say let 'em.

Harveyjames - 2010-07-04

Without people reporting on the spill, BP would never have to have been held accountable for it, and it'd probably still be DJFSLDJF WHY AM I BOTHERING

Rodents of Unusual Size - 2010-07-05

Don't worry, they're just looking out for our best interests and this has nothing to do with not letting journalists record this travesty in all of its absolute horror. Because that might make the government and the oil companies that control this entire world look bad.

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