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ABC's Brian Ross: BP withheld images of disaster

If you are not angry enough about BP and the Obama administration's handling of the oil disaster in the Gulf, take a look at this report by ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross. It shows that BP with the apparent help of the Coast Guard withheld images of the spill in the early days of the disaster, while it released video and pictures that made the spill seem smaller than it was.

Look at this report, and you tell me about the Obama administration's so-called commitment to transparency. How could it have not known the public was being kept in the dark if the Coast Guard knew?

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Also tell me about an administration that could know about this and then make the public claim that it had its "boot heel on the neck" on BP. And that stupid, ugly rhetoric came from a cabinet member no less.

Kudos to Ross and ABC News for doing some real journalism on this story -- on a night when CNN's Larry King was serving up shameless softball questions to President Obama -- giving our commander in chief free rein to try and spin a new and false narrative of how his administration has been all over the disaster from Moment One.

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You want an example of a softball from King?

KING: "I know you. You appear so calm. ... Are you angry at BP?"

Free rein for the president to run, run, run with the answer that he does feel ever so deeply for the victims and is ever so angry at BP. But "venting" isn't the answer -- finding a solution is.

The early reports this morning on BP's latest capping efforts are encouraging. Let's hope the administration and BP have finally found a solution after 45 days of disaster


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