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Lawyer Pleads For Help For People In The Gulf
By Stuart H. Smith
An attorney based in New Orleans
Comment in TheComingDepression.blogspot.com
Where Is The National Media Coverage?
February 12, 2011 5:17 pm
An open letter to members of the national media:
I know many of you with national voices read this blog, because you've been kind enough to tell me so. I've raised a glass or two with some of you, and traded barbs with others. It's been an honor to, on occasion, be included in your work. Your reporting and attention is valued, and that's why I'm addressing you personally and collectively in this post.
We're dying down here on the Gulf ­ and we need your help to restore our way of life and our culture.
The economic devastation is hitting everyone from waitresses to fishermen to restaurateurs to property owners. Figuratively and literally, we're dying. My neighbors and some of my clients are reporting severe illnesses directly related to the spill. We have names, we have case studies. We even have some local reporters with the courage to cover what is fast becoming a health crisis among cleanup workers and residents living in coastal communities (see [<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQgNDCiIQPs&feature=player_embedded).>link to www.youtube.com] But local coverage, compelling as it is, isn't enough.
We need the attention of the national media, and we need it right away.
From the beginning, human health effects of the spill have largely been pushed aside both by the federal government and the national media? We were hyper-focused on "who's to blame?" and "when will they cap the well?" and how economic damages would be assessed. All the while, cleanup workers and coastal residents were inhaling toxic fumes ­ touching and, in some cases, swimming in contaminated Gulf waters. And soon enough the oil and dispersants washed ashore, into our food chain and our population.
Government officials continue to say we're all-clear ­ particularly when it comes to seafood safety.
But these are the same BP "partners" who sold you the story of 5,000 barrels a day and rubber-stamped the use of the toxic dispersant Corexit.
Let's not forget when the U.S. Coast Guard became BP rent-a-cops and setup "safety zones" around heavily impacted areas to prevent journalists, photographers and other prying eyes from seeing the damage.
Or when there were no underwater oil plumes, until of course, there were. Or the "vast majority of oil is gone" message, until that was laughed out of the debate. I don't know about you, but I see a pattern here.
Its so frustrating that the media is not paying attention to what is happening to the Gulf residents. Sadly a lot of people residing there are also in denial of what is happening around them.
It feels like the USA is waging war on its own citizens. Why not just shoot them, too, like Big Oil whistleblowers have been shot, to lessen their suffering? They'd be just as guilty. In this, my 55th year, because of this oil disaster and our government's role in it, I have lost all faith in my government and never thought such a thing could happen. It's sinister and it's on purpose, why!?
Here's why <http://thecrowhouse.com/calling.html>http://thecrowhouse.com/calling.html
There is one chance, but you wouldn't like it..
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