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(Yahoo)   BP thugs run off reporters attempting to cover oil spill. If only they were that good at keeping other stuff off the beaches   ( news.yahoo.com) divider line
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14888 clicks; posted to Main » on 17 Jun 2010 at 10:54 PM (7 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2010-06-17 08:42:40 PM  
They must have something to hide.
 
2010-06-17 08:57:59 PM  
You'd think that at some point they would get tired of being sued.
 
2010-06-17 09:35:43 PM  
FTFA A private citizen employed by a security firm, with no legal backing, forced a reporter to not talk to people in a public area? There should be a law suit in that one case.
 
2010-06-17 09:40:50 PM  
Claiming that photography hurts the animals being cared for is total BS. They just don't any more pics of dying birds out there riling up the public.

I wish I lived closer. I would be out there with my camera every damn day.
 
2010-06-17 10:42:26 PM  
Close your eyes while BP farks you, America. It'll make it easier.
 
2010-06-17 10:55:17 PM  
*sigh*
 
2010-06-17 10:55:53 PM  
This is a repeat
 
2010-06-17 10:59:23 PM  
I'm more upset that these workers stop their cleanup to talk to a reporter. Just go back to work and clean the farking beach.
 
2010-06-17 11:01:11 PM  
Has anyone else come to the conclusion that the gulf is farked?

I mean, it's been what? 60 days? and there's 60ish days till the proposed relief well?
 
2010-06-17 11:01:27 PM  

Gilligann: I'm more upset that these workers stop their cleanup to talk to a reporter. Just go back to work and clean the farking beach.


They were trying to talk to reporters on break.
 
2010-06-17 11:02:04 PM  
You know, it could just be that the contractors didn't want to talk to the reporters and told the security folks to get the bozos out of their faces so they could work in peace.

I would only talk with the media about my specific job if there was something specific I wanted to share. If not, let me work.
 
2010-06-17 11:02:36 PM  

Gilligann: I'm more upset that these workers stop their cleanup to talk to a reporter. Just go back to work and clean the farking beach.


Eh, what's 5 mins? They'll be cleaning that beach for the next 20 years. Sad, eh?
 
2010-06-17 11:03:20 PM  
That sheriff was real helpful.
 
2010-06-17 11:03:56 PM  
southernbelladonna [TotalFark] 2010-06-17 09:40:50 PM

"I wish I lived closer. I would be out there with my camera every damn day."

I rarely say "THIS", but I would do so in "this" situation.

I would cause all sorts of "hurt" by photographing those animals and tell the private security person to fark off.

Did anyone else catch the arrogance of that last part: "we can't force our contractors to work with media if they choose not to."

You glib cocksucker. No media wants to work with your contractors. Infact, they want to work "without" your contractors being in the way telling them they can't be here.

I hope you go to hell, die, get raped, go broke and come back in another life as a fisherman whose life is ruined because of this shiat.

/ hates glib cocksuckers
// something about that line just set me off
 
2010-06-17 11:05:23 PM  

BackAssward: FTFA A private citizen employed by a security firm, with no legal backing, forced a reporter to not talk to people in a public area? There should be a law suit in that one case.


Lawsuit my eye - these private security guards have no authority and if they lay one hand on anyone, they should be criminally charged with assault. If they are on public, not private property, without being a sworn law enforcement officer, they have no legal standing. Let the media bring along their own "muscle" and make sure the ensuing "beat down" gets lots of airplay. Pro-wrestling makes lots of money and gets decent ratings and it's mostly fake!
 
2010-06-17 11:05:57 PM  
I'm watching this right now on CBS (not fox)

a. bad communications?

b. contradicting instructions?

c. Total BS!!?
 
2010-06-17 11:06:46 PM  
Can't we just strap concrete bags to illegals and drop them on the spill site.
I'm sure we'll have enough left to mow our lawns after we plug the hole.

/ban humans
 
2010-06-17 11:06:47 PM  
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Get to work thugs! Keep them off the beaches!
 
2010-06-17 11:07:52 PM  
and thanks for the visual aid from texastag for a good reason as to why we need to ban humans
 
2010-06-17 11:08:17 PM  
I think this Saturday if it's nice out, I'll hire a security firm to cordon off a hundred yards or so of public beach for me and my family. It gets kind of crowded on the weekends, and the kids like to run around.
 
2010-06-17 11:08:26 PM  
Go to the places they drink. Bars, hotels, poolside...at a table next to them. You will learn a farking lot. Follow the beer.

They won't talk. So go to the places they do when they do.

All you have to do is listen.
 
2010-06-17 11:11:31 PM  
Speaking as someone who has actually done hazmat work... I can see a bit where BP is coming from, concerning the protective gear.

Odds are for a lot of workers, they're in well ventilated (outdoors) areas with not a huge amount of respirator gas to breath in.

You want the guys to wear level d or c gear? That means medical and fit testing, wearing the damn masks in hot weather on the beach, and (duh) added cost.
 
2010-06-17 11:13:10 PM  
Man this is pathetic reporting. Might as well have Ric Romero testing the pool picture and call it a day. Maybe throw in a youtube clip or two.
 
2010-06-17 11:15:44 PM  
That reporter was a pussy. Some twerp telling you he's from "Talon Security" and forcing you off a public beach? Yeah, I'm not going to listen to that guy. He's got about as much authority as a mall cop.
 
2010-06-17 11:19:53 PM  

Gilligann: I'm more upset that these workers stop their cleanup to talk to a reporter. Just go back to work and clean the farking beach.


Let me guess, you work for BP?
 
2010-06-17 11:21:57 PM  
I wonder which cheesy "Talon Security" company it is...

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2010-06-17 11:24:21 PM  
texastag: xc1.xanga.com

Geeez! The pictures of birds covered in oil are hard enough to stomach as it is. Did you really have to include beached whales?
 
2010-06-17 11:24:51 PM  
FTFA: Scott Walker . . . tried to interview cleanup workers on a public Grand Isle beach Friday, yet was blocked by someone who identified himself as an employee of "Talon Security."

The reporter should've kept his karma neutral.
 
2010-06-17 11:25:59 PM  
Reporters should bring their own thugs.
 
2010-06-17 11:28:32 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: You want the guys to wear level d or c gear? That means medical and fit testing, wearing the damn masks in hot weather on the beach, and (duh) added cost.


which is a huge pain in the rear. plus you then would have OSHA checking if you did it right and had ALL the supporting paperwork.

i would bet that 99% of the folks you see on tv talking about "they must wear respirators" have no idea what is involved.
 
2010-06-17 11:29:10 PM  

southernbelladonna: Claiming that photography hurts the animals being cared for is total BS. They just don't any more pics of dying birds out there riling up the public.

I wish I lived closer. I would be out there with my camera every damn day.


You and me both. They can't stop all of us.
 
2010-06-17 11:29:16 PM  
Any relations to Talon News?

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2010-06-17 11:32:07 PM  

what_now: That reporter was a pussy. Some twerp telling you he's from "Talon Security" and forcing you off a public beach? Yeah, I'm not going to listen to that guy. He's got about as much authority as a mall cop.


I said the same thing when I saw the video of the CBS news reporter getting his boat turned away by the Coast Guard and a BP Rep. As a reporter, it was his JOB to force them to arrest or cite him. If the idea is to show that they are denying access, you have to SHOW US that they are doing so.

If we are ever going to regain our trust in ANY of these agencies or companies ( I am looking at YOU, Coast Guard), there has to be transparency...And we have to KNOW the Coast Guard is on our side.

I am dismayed that no one up to and including our President has made this happen.

The Coast Guard was the only agency to emerge from Katrina with it's reputation intact...Now they are going to throw all that public good will. shiat.
 
2010-06-17 11:32:39 PM  
You mean it's wrong when hired thugs working for a powerful organization threaten and intimidate people? I got the impression based on liberals reactions to SEIU that such things were perfectly acceptable.
 
2010-06-17 11:32:52 PM  
Usually emergency response clean up crews have a standard written statement that they give to the media that refers them to a PR rep.

They are doing a poor job of winging it.
 
2010-06-17 11:33:02 PM  
No problem. Obama said he's had control over everything BP does since day 1.

Why worry?
 
2010-06-17 11:33:20 PM  

BackAssward: FTFA A private citizen employed by a security firm, with no legal backing, forced a reporter to not talk to people in a public area? There should be a law suit in that one case.


So he doesn't have to pay taxes, right?
 
2010-06-17 11:33:47 PM  
I dunno whether BP is encouraging them to wear protective gear or not, but since I've painted with enamels in 90+ degree weather in an enclosed area, I can tell you wearing a respirator in the kind of heat and humidity you get on the gulf coast is miserable. You will get heat exhaustion very rapidly.
Maybe they're just doing it so they can make the guys work longer.
 
2010-06-17 11:34:02 PM  

Gilligann: I'm more upset that these workers stop their cleanup to talk to a reporter. Just go back to work and clean the farking beach.


You're really trying hard for that retard badge. Keep up the good work, you're almost there.
 
2010-06-17 11:34:07 PM  

Curious: Satanic_Hamster: You want the guys to wear level d or c gear? That means medical and fit testing, wearing the damn masks in hot weather on the beach, and (duh) added cost.

which is a huge pain in the rear. plus you then would have OSHA checking if you did it right and had ALL the supporting paperwork.

i would bet that 99% of the folks you see on tv talking about "they must wear respirators" have no idea what is involved.


Hate that OSHA requirement. Especially for two strap dust masks.
 
2010-06-17 11:35:05 PM  
Has BP public relations become a job program for stupid people?
 
2010-06-17 11:38:42 PM  

skink: I said the same thing when I saw the video of the CBS news reporter getting his boat turned away by the Coast Guard and a BP Rep


Well, the Coasties have actual authority. This guy is a private citizen trying to keep other citizens off a public beach.

Think of it this way: Let's say a cop knocks on your door w/ a warrant for your arrest. The charge might be bullshiat, but you still have to follow the system.

Now suppose this guy shows up at your door with a post it note in crayon saying "Your arested!!1"
 
2010-06-17 11:40:28 PM  
Blairr: Has anyone else come to the conclusion that the gulf is farked?

I mean, it's been what? 60 days? and there's 60ish days till the proposed relief well?


sorry. August is more of BP's BS. (dang, and they have been so transparent and upfront 'til now) August is only the time frame for getting the relief wells in place. For turning off the oil, the experts are talking a couple of years. meanwhile, the gulf is getting more and more toxic and the sealife is fleeing the rapidly expanding dead zones and getting caught between the oil and the shore with nowhere to go. expect massive die offs soon.
the approaching hurricane season has everyone hiding under their beds. there has never been a disaster of this magnitude ever and no one knows what is going to happen.
if I lived on the gulf coast i'd be thinking of moving. I hear Brazil is nice.
 
2010-06-17 11:40:30 PM  

what_now: That reporter was a pussy. Some twerp telling you he's from "Talon Security" and forcing you off a public beach? Yeah, I'm not going to listen to that guy. He's got about as much authority as a mall cop.


Bingo. You either put up and publicly assault me on public property with a video camera rolling (which will make the ensuing lawsuit that much better against that company and BP), or you STFU and let me walk on public land.
 
2010-06-17 11:41:36 PM  

darkvstar: if I lived on the gulf coast i'd be thinking of moving. I hear Brazil is nice.


That's where a lot of our offshore workers are going.
 
2010-06-17 11:41:47 PM  
Bonzo_1116: I wonder which cheesy "Talon Security" company it is...

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2010-06-17 11:48:51 PM  

what_now: Well, the Coasties have actual authority.


Agreed...But dereliction of that duty, or abuse of it, is something I expect journalists to expose. Even if it means an occasional night in jail, or sap to the noggin.

Understand this was NOT the Coast Guard. But they have said now that they 'did not have authority' to release video in the days immediately after the spill, and been the stick when BP kept the CBS crew out...Watch the video of the CBS incident.

I am not a shareholder of BP, aside from any authority our government has over them, I have NO SAY in what they do. But dammit, the Coast Guard is part of MY protection, and they are supposed to serve OUR interest as Americans. They are not doing a good job of this in this case.
 
2010-06-17 11:54:13 PM  

badLogic: Gilligann: I'm more upset that these workers stop their cleanup to talk to a reporter. Just go back to work and clean the farking beach.

Let me guess, you work for BP?


They're picking up little oil blobs while tens of thousands of barrels a day are gushing into the gulf. I don't think it matters much if they take a break.
 
2010-06-17 11:54:36 PM  

skink: Coast Guard is part of MY protection, and they are supposed to serve OUR interest as Americans. They are not doing a good job of this in this case.


I'm willing to give them a slight benefit of the doubt because I'm not familiar with the situation and say that they had NO IDEA what they were dealing with and wanted to keep as many people away as possible.

The Coast Guard will be held accountable, of that I have no doubt. My concern is some farking hired thug trying to stifle the media TWO MONTHS after the spill.
 
2010-06-17 11:54:47 PM  
That reporter has zero ability to trick dummies into hitting you on camera. For shame.
 
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