One Month Ago In Oil Spill Journalism
One month ago today, Fox News talking head Brit Hume was skeptical that the Deepwater Horizon disaster would amount to a significant oil spill. Hume snorted belligerently “Where’s the oil?”
I’m always game to help a fellow flack (because that’s what Hume is — he’s certainly not a journalist), so let me answer that question in pictures. These came from this harrowing collection.
“We’ll see” if this spill gets to the level of the Exxon Valdez spill, says the patrician prognosticator — and this isn’t the only time during the short clip when he embarrasses himself.
After he gets off the wingnut talking point that “natural leaks cause more oil spills,” foil Juan Williams gently chides the right wing for the attitude that the ocean can just handle all the pollutants we can dish out via drilling.
“Who is sayin’ that?” Hume snarls repeatedly.
Well, Williams had told him three seconds earlier who was (and is) saying that. Rush Limbaugh is. The family values conservative, whom I congratulate on his fourth marriage, had said: “The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there … It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is.”
These are the sorts of statements that were fairly absurd even at the time, one short month ago. Four weeks later, they’ve reached “if you have any decency, you should apologize” levels.
Needless to say, I don’t expect Hume to.