Don't Ask

First, the government blocks cleanup crews from helping clean the Gulf. Now, they're blocking the media from covering the cleanup.

The Coast Guard has put new restrictions in place across the Gulf Coast that prevent the public - including news photographers and reporters covering the BP oil spill - from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said he feels media access is important to getting the word out about the local impact of the spill, and said the Coast Guard's safety measures were an "overreaction." "I think somebody came up with a good reason of how to justify keeping the press away," Nungesser said. "But guess what? That isn't gonna keep us away. Anytime you all want, you all can come in there wherever we go, on our boats.''
Oh, the joy of compassionate leadership.