Fox and Friends pushes ˜conspiracy theory that massive oil spill was ˜deliberate ˜sabotage

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"Fox and Friends pushes ˜conspiracy theory that massive oil spill was ˜deliberate ˜sabotage"

Think Progress reports on the latest right-wing conspiracy to shift blame from Big Oil.

As the scale of the disaster caused by the explosion at an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana became more apparent last week, right-wing radio talker Rush Limbaugh unleashed a conspiracy theory suggesting that someone intentionally blew up the rig in order to “head off more oil drilling“:

LIMBAUGH: I want to get back to the timing of the blowing up, the explosion out there in the Gulf of Mexico of this oil rig”¦.Now, lest we forget, ladies and gentlemen, the carbon tax bill, cap and trade that was scheduled to be announced on Earth Day. I remember that. And then it was postponed for a couple of days later after Earth Day, and then of course immigration has now moved in front of it. But this bill, the cap-and-trade bill, was strongly criticized by hardcore environmentalist wackos because it supposedly allowed more offshore drilling and nuclear plants, nuclear plant investment. So, since they’re sending SWAT teams down there, folks, since they’re sending SWAT teams to inspect the other rigs, what better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig? I’m just noting the timing here.

As part of their inquiry into the explosion, federal investigators are not ruling out any possible causes, including the possibility of criminal acts or negligence. But other than Limbaugh’s rant last week, oil spill truther theories initially appeared only on fringe websites. That is”¦until today.

On Fox and Friends this morning, former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino said she was “not trying to introduce a conspiracy theory” before asking, “But was this deliberate?” “If there was sabotage involved,” wondered Perino. Later in this show, host Steve Doocy asked Fox Business’ Eric Bolling to respond to people who have suggested that “there’s a possibility this could be sabotage.” Citing Perino, Bolling engaged in conspiracy speculation:

BOLLING: The question is, and I saw Dana Perino earlier on the show saying, you know, what, why the delay in the response. You guys were pointing out, nine days before it’s even addressed. Twelve days before he made a formal comment. The question is did they let this thing leak? I mean, I know BP said 1,000 barrels a day went to 5,000. Did they let it leak a little bit and say, “boy I don’t know.” I mean, the conspiracy theorists would say, maybe they let it leak for a while and then they address the issue.

Host Gretchen Carlson called Bolling’s speculation “a humongous accusation.” He agreed, adding, “but if they’re going to try to pull drilling, that may be the way to do it.” Watch it:

In Louisiana yesterday, President Obama said, “BP is responsible for this leak “” BP will be paying the bill.” BP America Inc. President Lamar McKay blamed the disaster on “a failed piece of equipment” in an interview with ABC News yesterday, adding that they “don’t know why it failed yet.” The disaster occurred as Halliburton was cementing the underwater oil well.

JR:  Here’s a conspiracy theory for you.  Big Oil pushes for voluntary ‘trust us’, self-regulation; opposes mandates for remote-control shutoff switches; pushes hard for unprecedented near-coastal uber-deep drilling by grossly underselling the risk; develops delusional response plans; and then when the inevitable accident happens to a company with a spotty safety record, the CEO asks “What the hell did we do to deserve this?” Nah.  Nobody would buy it.

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25 Responses to Fox and Friends pushes ˜conspiracy theory that massive oil spill was ˜deliberate ˜sabotage

  1. Mark says:

    These are new lows, even for Limbaugh, FOX and Perino.

  2. Fire Mountain says:

    If there were any need for evidence that the far right has gone totally off the paranoid deep end, it is this. That anyone could take Limbaugh or the ranters at FOGS News seriously anymore just boggles. I guess no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the right-wing mind.

  3. Wit's End says:

    hahahahaha!!!!!!!!

    That is a real thigh-slapper!!!!

    Of course the point is that even if it were deliberate sabotage (which is ludicrous), it would STILL mean that off-shore drilling has unacceptable risks especially in such deep water!!!

  4. catman306 says:

    Joe, when Fox News recants and does a David Brooks (to coin a phrase), your work will be over.

  5. darth says:

    The idiocy is magnified even more when you consider that possible sabotage vulnerabilities are a big *negative* for off shore drilling. Let’s say somebody blew up a windmill at cape wind? What would happen? Maybe a few hundred gallons of lubricant would spill and …… that’s about it.

    Same argument goes against nuclear. If somebody blows up a solar plant what happens? Not much. Nuclear plant? Possibly much worse.

    These morons can’t even figure out that by pointing out the vulnerability of these platforms to terrorists, they are arguing against them, not for them.

  6. Petro says:

    These people, you know are truly bad, really bad.

    Joe, you had Mr. Orwell in your book, remember: White is black, right is wrong, and everythin’ you song about, is about to gone.

  7. Karen S says:

    Sabotage? Hadn’t thought of it that way, but Rush may be right–the sabotage was the previous Administration’s political interference with safety regulations and compliance that would otherwise have prevented this catastrophe.

  8. David Britt says:

    I love this logic so much. Environmentalists, who worry that off-shore drilling might lead to an environmental disaster, purposefully cause an environmental disaster in order to prove we should not move forward with off-shore drilling.

    The American right wing cannot offer a solution to any of our energy problems so they must set out to prove either that those problems do not exist or that they are caused by the left.

  9. Bill W says:

    Anybody want to bet that this sabotage meme originated with Marc Morano?

  10. Sable says:

    When ideology is founded on fear, then seeing the devil soon follows.

  11. malcreado says:

    Yeah it is all coming together now. . .some environmental wacko swam 5000 feet down with a stick of dynamite and a match.

  12. Ziyu says:

    “Nah. Nobody would buy it.”

    Except maybe the 60-80% of Fox viewers that are dumb enough to believe in death panels. (A lot of them still do.) I’m sure Fox can convert those 60-80% into mindless conspiracy theorists too.

  13. Mike Roddy says:

    It’s not just Rush and Fox News. They are obviously and completely insane. More worrisome is that so many of our countrymen bite on this garbage. I don’t know how you start on the laborious and cumbersome task of educating a large population to become able to observe and interpret reality. If Americans are not interested, we may indeed be cooked.

  14. lizardo says:

    “Fox Business’ Eric Bolling” sure has a lot of “they” in his quote excerpted here (or maybe that’s all of what he said, I doubt it). Even though the “theys” refer to several different entities who couldn’t be more different.

    So if you are so dumb that you can let somewhat conflate what BP (and cohorts did) and what feds in all agencies did and what Obama did or didn’t say and all of that when…. well, jeez, I hope you aren’t operating heavy machinery.

    Oh, Obama has some button in the Oval Office and he presses it and something blows up somewhere? Or he calls up some radical pal and says let’s kill off the entire Gulf wildlife to show that oil is bad for wildlife, and thus save the wildlife. {Hunh???}

    Plus, having the causation totally ass-backwards. It looked as if including more oil drilling was the only way to pass an already weakened not very good climate bill, til this happened.

    So what is really going on in the mind of Roger Ailes et al? I’m thinking that since the GOP went so far out on a limb in favor of oil drilling that this is not merely trying to deflect attention, and confuse some people into thinking it’s sabotage, but to provide cover for GOP abandoning their pro-drilling position.

    In other words, the white house or some other enemy of the GOP was going to “pull” drilling out of the bill (nonsense!) but needed an excuse.

    Oh, let me count the ways. But just one, if the horror at the prospect of more oil drilling among the Dem faithful didn’t prevent drilling from getting into the bill, what in the heck would prompt it being taken out before this blowout happened? (Thus need the bad PR as cover.)

    Because as we know the GOP never changes its mind. It blocks bills because they are bad for America. It insists on the other side “negotiating” and including GOP ideas. So if the GOP is not keen all of a sudden on being forced to go on record voting for yet more oil drilling off yet more coasts, then quietly jump ship and accuse the other side of not just jumping first, but sinking it too, metaphorically, but in this case, astonishingly, also literally.)

    [By the way, you'd think that Ailes and Murdoch are writing the scripts for "Law and Order" where complex murder mysteries turn out to be the work of either lesbians, environmentalists or philanthropists, seems to me.]

    I guess they read Michael Crichton’s virtually unreadable screed cum paranoid mystery “Climate of Fear” or whatever it was called.

    And yeah, can’t wait for the hilarity when we have a nuclear power plant meltdown. (not)

  15. Andy says:

    Rush ends his tirade with a witty quip about giving pain pills. Boy, talk about glass houses and pitching stones.

  16. Conspiracy?

    Any DC comics old-schooler recognizes the vengeful stroke of Prince Namor.

  17. jorleh says:

    And of course there was a bomb in Exxon Valdez,too.

  18. NA says:

    A military source involved stated that they are indeed considering the possibility of a foreign submarine that initiated the explosion. It is possible, for no one would benefit more than Russia and other oil producing countries whose economies are in the tank and need higher oil prices for their own political survival. Knocking out the US supply will increase their monopoly on oil and allow more price fixing. There are many Russian oligarchs that individually own several submarines. I don’t particularly believe this line of thought but certain foreign interests would certainly benefit and have the power, will and corruption to do just that.

  19. cervantes says:

    BTW, during that rant, Vulgar Pigboy Limbaugh also said, repeatedly, that there has been no global warming for 15 years. He just keeps saying that.

  20. jorleh says:

    NA: good point there. Must we have the same level of security with oil pumping especially at sea as we have in nuclear plants?

    Easy targets for terrorists these oil rigs now, when their vulnerability is shown.

  21. cervantes says:

    Yeah sure. They also did an EVA at 5,000 feet to disable the blowout protector. Very clever work for a Russian oligarch with his own private submarine. You’ve been watching too many James Bond movies, methinks.

  22. Chris Winter says:

    NA wrote:

    A military source involved stated that they are indeed considering the possibility of a foreign submarine that initiated the explosion. It is possible, for no one would benefit more than Russia and other oil producing countries whose economies are in the tank and need higher oil prices for their own political survival. Knocking out the US supply will increase their monopoly on oil and allow more price fixing. There are many Russian oligarchs that individually own several submarines. I don’t particularly believe this line of thought but certain foreign interests would certainly benefit and have the power, will and corruption to do just that.

    I was about to say that the chances of a Russian submarine penetrating the Gulf and succeeding in damaging an oil rig there were slim to none given our military’s detection capabilities. But then I remembered a story I heard about the defecting pilot who flew a Mig over from Cuba without being challenged and landed at (IIRC) Miami International Airport. The story is that all the military radar sites in the southeast were down for maintenance at the same time that day — hence the surprise. I tend to believe it, since I heard it from someone who worked at one of those sites during that time.

    This is not to say I believe the submarine theory. And I’d like to know your source.

  23. idsen says:

    i hope this wasnt “created” so it can be a reason to invade another country and keep this war going.

  24. lowlander77 says:

    why not. every disaster during the Bush Admin was blamed on bush I.e bush blew up the towers, bush destroyed the levies. why not return the favor now. This is like the Tea Party demonstrations and the left talking about violence, the only violent protests you see are always left wing protest. just watch the immigration protest right now

  25. Carmine Fragione says:

    The question that should be asked is, Is this an isolated incident ?
    Has this type of explosion ever happened before and what correlations
    can be made as a matter of experience, to this unusual incident ?
    If this is a first of it’s kind , then we should have no reason
    to call it an accident. Accidents should have reasonable precedents.