While reporters in the Gulf of Mexico may want to do more to protect themselves from the risks involved in touching and swimming around in the oil, the larger battle they are fighting as they cover the oil spill crisis is one of access.
When we last left reporter Mac McClelland, she was in the Gulf Coast region, caught up in the surreal tangle of media roadblocks that were being erected by British Petroleum to keep reporters at bay. How have things done since then?
If at some point in the future, an undersea fissure opens up and releases a cloudy, underwater gush of journalism that threatens to toxify America's coastal wetlands, you know who I am going to call to solve the crisis? BP.