Was Anderson Cooper digging too deep while reporting on the BP oil spill?
According to a government report on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Yes.
President Obama established The National Commission on the BP Oil Disaster last May, and it released its official report of the last Tuesday.
It may or may not come as a shock that the commission, established at the peak of the nation’s outrage with BP and its CEO Tony “I just want my life back” Hayward, identifies a new scapegoat culprit: the media.
In particular, the report accuses Anderson Cooper of intentionally seeking out people that were upset with the government response to the disaster:
Journalists encouraged state and local officials and residents to display their anger at the federal response, and offered coverage when they did. Anderson Cooper reportedly asked a Parish President to bring an angry, unemployed offshore oil worker on his show. When the Parish President could not promise the worker would be “angry,” both were disinvited.
The article, with video, continues at Business Insider.