>How BP Is Like The TN Legislature

>Both want to stop news from being reported.

CBS News journalists were threatened with arrest for attempting to film oil washing ashore. Watch the video here:


Yes, if nobody sees the oil washing ashore, then it surely doesn’t exist! Hey, it works for Britt Hume, right?

Meanwhile, Rep. Joe Towns, D-Memphis, tried to permanently ban AP reporter Erik Schelzig from the House chamber after Schelzig photographed a collapsed House Speaker Kent Williams last week (Williams was suffering from low blood sugar and recovered). In other words, Schelzig was doing his job.

Look, I’m glad Schelzig hasn’t been banned from the chamber, but the resolution misses the point. I want to make sure neither he nor any other reporter is ever again ejected from the chamber by the sergeant at arms and a state trooper for, I repeat, doing his job. Because seeing your colleague ushered out under threat of arrest sends a pretty powerful message–one that transcends House resolutions. If the rules of conduct need to be clarified then so be it, but let’s make one thing absolutely clear: when a legislator collapses it is a newsworthy event, and if there’s a photographer on the scene he or she damn well better be allowed to cover it. And shame on any politician, Democrat or Republican, for sending any other message.

Dear TNDP: Better Democrats, please.


Filed under BP, Gulf oil spill, media, media manipulation, Tennessee politics

4 responses to “>How BP Is Like The TN Legislature

  1. >They were going to arrest the guy for filming oil on the beach? BP now holds title to the gulf coast?

  2. >SoBe, Florida's Republican candidate for governor sent thugs to my door today … the front door at my condo … yes, you read this right … threatening to shut me up. More later …

  3. >Better Dems? No shit. I thought Chip Forrester was supposed to make the TNDP better. What happened to reaching out and bringing in more liberals? Guess that went out into the ether. The TNDP is just as it ever was. Kind of hard to get "better" dems when you won't lift a damn finger to get them elected.I am a little bitter right now because I just found out that the TNDP has informed our Dem House candidate that they are "declining" to assist him in his run. They won't even let him have access to Vote Builder. What a crock of shit. I am sick to death of party politics and this includes the damn Democrats. Sorry for the rant…