Whitehouse bans media from talking to cleanup workers

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    Photographers and other media are complaining that the this week's "65 foot buffer" of the beaches has been extended, and that any media one the beaches of Louisiana are now being ordered to leave. Rumors are beginning to float that the damage is far worse than is being reported. We saw that in Alabama, but it has subsided a great bit. I'm hearing it is actually getting worse in Louisiana and parts of Texas.

    And why the ban on talking with members of the cleanup crews, even when off duty?

    I have a friend who free lances as a photo journalist. He's thinking about going over sometime this week, and if he does, I'm going to go with him. I know Grand Isle and Houma well and have several friends working the cleanup there. We spent 3 months along the AL/MS/LA coast after Katrina filming and helping wherever we could, and several of our friends there are also involved in the cleanups. It will be interesting to hear what they have to say.
     
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    How exactly can the Whitehouse legally block reporters from talking to, well, anyone?
     
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    That's what we're going to find out.

    And actually, the ban is on the reporters, preventing them from talking to any cleanup workers, whether on duty or not.
     
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    as bad as the "presidential" response to this disaster, it is still transcended by the egregiousnes of turning his back on democracy in iran. with respect to the press, it doesn't matter if the bulk of the press talk to the cleanup crew. all but fox and a few others would tilt it to make obama look in control, or even good.

    the truth about obama is on the way, you will know it's time when reid and pelosi peel off to save themselves, and hilliary picks her battle with O, so she can run for his job. bill clinton would be a great first dude. better than he was as president.
     
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    I suspect this is not 100% truth considering it's illegal.

    Do you have anything more substantial then anecdotes?
     
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    Have you figured out that Bill Clinton was a two term president yet?
     
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    Just our correspondence with other journalists there, and the NPPA:

    NPPA Asks Obama To Rescind Media Ban, Reduce Safety Zone
     
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    So it sounds like the Coast Guard establishing some standoff in the interest of safety is automatically being chalked up to "The President is banning the media from talking to clean up workers!" I think a 65 foot standoff from active clean up efforts is reasonable to keep reporters from gumming up the works and to provide for their safety. The military does similar things.

    There appears to be no substantial proof that the federal government has actually banned anyone. At this point, it's hearsay at best.

    As I said, if the White House actually gave any order infringing on the first amendment rights of the press, it would automatically be taken to federal court and the reporters should (and most likely would) win.
     
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    You would think that, but that isn't what we're hearing. The 65 feet is understandable, to some extent, but not being allowed to talk to crews when off duty is the troubling part. Who knows? We only know what we've been told, so we want to go find out for ourselves.

    Sounds like it won't matter what we find out, you and Ravi will still believe whatever you want to.
     

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