Think Again: Hekova Job, MSM

07/06/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Eric Alterman Distinguished Professor of English, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

OK, everybody relax about the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana (now about the size of southern Africa). William Kristol, who, after all, has never been wrong about anything before, reassures, "The oil spill, itself, I don't think will be a huge disaster over the medium and long-term honestly."

What's more, it's not really anybody's fault. As Texas Gov. Rick Perry explains, nothing can be done in the face of an "act of God" like a piece of faulty man-made machinery failing to function. On this point, though, Gov. Perry disagrees with his fellow conservatives Rush Limbaugh and the members of "Fox and Friends" (including former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino). El Rushbo and company think this was a plot by some environmentalists: "What better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig?" Of course, Rush isn't accusing anyone, "just noting the timing here."

Similarly, when Perino introduces her conspiracy theory by asking, sans evidence, "if there was sabotage involved," she is "not trying to introduce a conspiracy theory" before asking, "but was this deliberate?" Next thing you know, the story has already taken off, as host Steve Doocy asked Fox Business's Eric Bolling to respond to the suggestion, apparently made frequently, that "there's a possibility this could be sabotage."

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