How do they own the air?
Stories about BP working with the Coast Guard
and local police to prevent full coverage of oil spill
have been coming out for some time now--and don't
seem to be going away. Newsweek reports that
everyone from traditional and independent journalists
and photojournalists to Jean-Michel Cousteau
have been denied access--they've even go so far
to establish no-fly zones.
The latest instance of denied press access comes
from Belle Chasse, La.-based Southern Seaplane Inc.,
which was scheduled to take a New Orleans Times-Picayune
photographer for a flyover Tuesday,
and says it was denied permission once BP officials
learned that a member of the press would be on board.
"We are not at liberty to fly media, journalists,
photographers, or scientists," the company said in a letter to
Sen. David Vitter (R-Hookers & Diapers).
'We strongly feel that the reason for this massive [temporary flight
restriction] is that BP wants to control their
exposure to the press.'"
"We are not at liberty to fly media?"
How are they able to stop them?
Small planes don't even have to file a flight
If you have a small plane in New Orleans and you
want to fly over the spill,
why not say you're flying to Little Rock
and then fly South?
What's to stop them?
Is BP going to shoot down small planes? With what?
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