In a story datelined, “UNDER THE MURKY DEPTHS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO,” Matthewswrites, “Some 40 miles out into the Gulf Of Mexico, I jump off the boat into
the thickest patch of red oil I’ve ever seen. I open my eyes and realize
my mask is already smeared. I can’t see anything and we’re just five
seconds into the dive.
“Dropping beneath the surface the only thing I see is oil. To the
left, right, up and down – it sits on top of the water in giant pools,
and hangs suspended fifteen feet beneath the surface in softball sized
blobs. There is nothing alive under the slick, although I see a dead
jellyfish and handful of small bait fish.”
Is this reporting or somethng [sic] of a publicity stunt? You decide.
Just fucking shoot me. A publicity stunt. Yeah, sure. It would probably be irresponsible not to speculate he did this all for the attention he’s gonna get from coating himself in slime. I know I want to hit it now.
Could the argument be made the information gathered on a scuba excursion isn’t the most groundbreaking news a reporter could have done? Sure. I wouldn’t say the AP should do this Geraldo shit and not do any other stories. But at a time when BP is going out of its way to deny every possible ramification of its fuckup, chasing off journalists and staging cleanup for the president and generally saying “nothing to see here” there’s incredible value in SHOWING people that yes, we really are that screwed.
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