Salon Radio: Mac McClelland on BP’s blocking of media coverage

Mother Jones' on-the-scene Mac McClelland details the emergence of a creepy corporate police state in the Gulf

Topics: Gulf Oil Spill, Washington, D.C.,


(updated below)

Mac McClelland is a Mother Jones reporter who has been providing some of the nation’s best on-the-scene coverage of the BP oil spill from the day the rig collapsed more than two months ago.  She has been particularly tenacious about chronicling the joint BP/government efforts to block media coverage of both the spill and the inadequate clean-up efforts.  Last week, she reported on a truly disturbing incident where a local police officer first warned an environmental activist not to film near a BP building (off of BP’s property) because BP did not want any filming; when the activist left in his car, the officer pulled him over — along with a BP security official in the squad car — and the BP security official proceeded to interrogate him for 20 minutes.  Her report on that incident, along with video, is here, and it really conveys a creepy corporate police state headed by BP that has emerged in the Gulf.

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McClelland is my guest today on Salon Radio, and we discuss what she has seen over the last two months in the Gulf, the inadequacy of the clean-up efforts, and especially the joint BP/government effort to severely restrict media coverage.  The discussion, which is roughly 15 minutes long, can be heard by clicking PLAY on the player below or downloaded on MP3 here; a transcript will be published shortly.

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UPDATE:  The transcript is now posted here.

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