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Moratorium Misinformation Came From WH

From the Politico:

Inspector General: White House skewed drilling-ban report

By: Dan Berman
November 9, 2010

The White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling, the Interior inspector general says in a new report.

This is of course old news to most of us who have been paying attention. But it is telling that even this report only came out a week after the elections.

In the wee hours of the morning of May 27, a staff member to White House energy adviser Carol Browner sent two edited versions of the department report’s executive summary back to Interior. The language had been changed to insinuate the seven-member panel of outside experts – who reviewed a draft of various safety recommendations – endorsed the moratorium, according to the IG report obtained by POLITICO.

“The White House edit of the original DOI draft executive summary led to the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer-reviewed by the experts,” the IG report states, without judgment on whether the change was an intentional attempt to mislead the public…

This part actually is news. We had previously been led to believe that it was Interior Secretary Ken Salazar who had issued the (intentionally) misleading report.

But now it turns out the misinformation came from someone on Carol Browner’s staff at the White House.

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and several other Gulf State members of Congress asked the Interior IG to investigate the moratorium and the peer review claim.

"The inspector general’s finding that the blanket-drilling moratorium was driven by a politics and not by science is bitter news for families who, because of it, lost their jobs, savings, and way of life,” Cassidy said Tuesday. “Candidate Obama promised that he would guided by science, not ideology. If that were true, at least 12,000 jobs and 1.8 billion dollars of economic activity would have been saved on the Gulf Coast.”

Interior spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said the changes were part of the normal editing and consulting process.

Yes. This is part of Mr. Obama’s ‘new normal.’ And that is the problem.

“There was no intent to mislead the public,” Barkoff said in a statement to POLITICO

No, of course not. But what other reason could there possibly be?

A White House official said the report "only reinforces that there was no wrongdoing," noting that three experts the IG interviewed and included in the report "agreed that it was a misunderstanding."

Gee, that isn’t how it sounded when ‘the experts’ first complained to Mr. Salazar about the "misrepresentation," as we noted at the time.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Moratorium Misinformation Came From WH”

  1. untrainable says:

    Would that the administration could be held to the same standards as a 7th grade english student. (English as a first language of course. You can’t hold spanish speaking english students to any standard at all these days) The daily increase in the number and degree of the blatent misrepresentations of this administration is nothing short of astonishing. They lie, we know they’re lying, and they know we know that they’re lying, but they know there will be no consequences so who cares. When are we going to stop putting up with the most obvious lies ever told by a president and perp walk these jokers out of our government?

  2. proreason says:

    The only reason that they don’t lie 100% of the time is that 100% would be too predictable.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    I hope some plucky member of the WH press pool remembers this the next time Mr. Gibbs goes on a diatribe about how GW is settle science backed-up by ‘peer reviewed’ literature.

  4. BigOil says:

    An unconfirmed Tsarina doing the dirty work the job was designed to do – wreak maximum havoc upon the country by any means necessary.

    Issa faces a monumental task rooting out this bunch of criminals.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    Yeah and the Fed is only pumping money because their learned analysis of the Great Depression lead them to the conclusion that it was a lack of liquidity in the market that prolonged and intensified it.

  6. Rick Caird says:

    How is it, only in government, a lie that misleads is not intended to mislead. How does that happen, again?

  7. JohnMG says:

    …..“There was no intent to mislead the public,”……….

    Which when translated into ‘realspeak’ reads

    “There are no troops in Baghdad!”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “There was no intent to mislead the public,”

      “Check is in the mail” or “I’ll pay you tomorrow” or “Trust me”……3 biggest lies.

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