BP Was Quick to Cap Coverage

After the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, oil gushed from the underwater pipe for three weeks before BP released photos of the spill. Since that time, not only BP but also its contractors and local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials have turned journalists away from public areas affected by the spill.

In an article on the New York Times website, Jeremy W. Peters says 
keeping the media at bay is “just another example of a broader problem of officials’ filtering what images of the spill the public sees.” He says scientists have also complained about the sparse information being released.

“It is a company that was not used to transparency,” said Edward J. Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts. “It was not used to having public scrutiny of what it did.”

Peters says that although media access is always a challenge in disasters, the BP situation is “especially nettlesome because journalists have to depend on the government and BP to gain access to so much of the affected area.”

To read the New York Times article, click here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/us/10access.html