Oil Spill Executives Used 'Shaggy Defense' During Capitol Hill Hearing, Says Chris Hayes (VIDEO)

05/12/2010 01:27 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Who's to blame for the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico? According to the executives of the companies involved, it's the other guy. Chris Hayes calls that "The Shaggy Defense."

Hayes, the Washington, D.C. Editor of The Nation, guest hosted "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Tuesday and lambasted BP, Halliburton and Transocean executives for blaming everyone but themselves during testimony before Congress about the continuing oil spill.

Hayes explained that the "The Shaggy Defense" is based on the 2000 hit song "It Wasn't Me" by reggae singer Shaggy.

The song, about a man caught cheating by his lover, repeats "it wasn't me" over and over in its chorus.

Hayes says that's kind of like the oil executives blaming their corporate partners for the spill, like Bush explaining his administration's role on the WMD-Iraq War excuse, and like federal and local officials who made excuses for their botched response to Hurricane Katrina.


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