July 30th, 2010
10:05 AM ET
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Patricg Gibbons

    This one stupid question! When did Anderson join BP's payroll? CNN is sounding more like Fox news everyday.

    August 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Larry DeBlieux

    In my opinion way overblown but it plays for spectacular television. It was a disaster but the media didn't take any responsibility in reporting the news instead of making it. All the hype on how the oil was going to get into the gulf stream loop and go around Florida and then be on the East Coast beaches and such within a couple of weeks of the spill. The media reported stuff like this and all of the people who had plans to go to the gulf then canceled their plans and they oil did not show up until weeks and weeks later and in small amounts in some areas. The media never took responsibility of ruining the tourism in the area. It was a big financial loss to some of the fishery industry but some went to work for BP and I personally know of people that own businesses that are making a killing on the spill in sales of boom materials, safety suits, etc. I know the hotels in the southern Louisiana area are booked and have been booked since this time. BP paid out 3.5 million dollars for the Jimmy Buffet (Free Concert) in a tourism grant and the hotels raised their rates just like they do in any other supply and demand type business instead of keeping it normal when the patrons (Way to Support the Cause!) but the media will not report on this type of gouging. Yes this was overblown coverage and the media will find something new to move to in just a little bit ( Just like Haiti) and it will go away.

    August 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  3. Nick Deano

    Anderson Cooper once the leader of the Sky is Falling reporting group now wants to be a leader of the ‘No Big Deal’ faction. If it were not for his index finger which he uses to determine which way the wind is blowing Cooper would have nothing. Maybe he should run for Congress?

    August 1, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  4. Scott Haynes

    Coverage of the BP oil spill was definitely not overblown. But where is the coverage about the most recent spill in the Kalamazoo River. If this oil makes it into Lake Michigan, it will be catastrophic and would contaminate our fresh water supply here. Where is the outrage? Where is the coverage? It's like no one even knows this has happened. I wonder how many other major oil spills we're not even hearing about.

    August 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  5. wileysee

    Well now, leave it to cnn to start the ball rolling to give obama a pass on the oil disaster. If it not such a big deal both environmentally and economically then obama didn't do such a bad job and all he is guilty of is listening to bad advice from his advisers...poor man.

    August 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  6. Larry

    What caused the explosion?

    July 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    ERR, as Yoda would say "disaster over blown how could be it?"
    No it was not!! it was is and remains a disaster.
    Did it get "Emotional" in terms of how it was covered,yes!
    How relevant to the whole issue was that it was a British Company as opposed to an American company, a lot of which was raised that happened years ago and had been ruled upon by authorities in the US including fines, and mostly corrected.
    The Constant BP, BP , BP, when along time ago Thad Allen became the ultimate decider on everything that happened and shortly Feinberg takes over compensation matters. markey and Leak levels / fines he knwe 6th June BP's estimate was 53K bpd less recoveries from Q4000 and skimmers/burns
    Compared with Exxon Mobile BP is a saint. Within 100 days they have agreed a $ 20 bn escrow, paid $ 200 m to claimants, paid $ 200 = in bill from the US government and say in addition = relief wells, rigs, oil capyre boats and skimming + vessels of opportunity paid out in total another $ 3bn approximately already on them. That includes using approved dispersants by the EPA, and it's BP that questioned for using ithem tha'ts emotion not reality talk to EPA.
    Fed up of the BP bashing, deal with the inshore recovery that seems as usual to be totally uncordinated between Allen, Nungesser, Jindal, EPA, BP in whatever order you like. Fix the inshore oil problem if offshore oil is dissipated and up t0 Bio degredation.
    Look also to the previous Gulf of mexico spill for likely future projections.. but perhaps they are insufficiently dramatic fot the US viewing public which is unfortunate, to say the least.

    July 31, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  8. John

    Maybe I missed it but did anyone ever interview a scientist and simply ask what they expected to happen or get a response of what the scientist expected to happen, not "what is the worste that COULD happen?" News reports were full of the latter. Since all of the fears were stated as "possible" or "could happen", you can't say it was overblown, just heavily leaning toward the pessimistic.

    July 31, 2010 at 1:50 am |
  9. Lisa in Louisville,KY

    Overblown? Eleven men lost their lives and left behind widows, children, parents, brothers, sisters, and friends. Hundreds of fishermen have lost their livelyhood. Thousands of gallons of dispersants were pumped into the ocean – no one knows the long-term effects the chemicals will have on the ecosystem. BP lied. And lied. And lied. Anderson interviewed survivors of the explosion – were their raw emotions overblown? The only think that has been overblown in the past 101 days is Tony Hayward's ego.

    July 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  10. Bill Arbon

    Ditto per the previous comments saying no, the oil catastrophe is not overblown. It is not even over yet. The well is not secured and there is a possible leak on the ocean floor around the well head. Let's wait and see what happens next – as if we have a choice. Thank you Anderson for covering the ongoing tragedy is such detail. Please go back to the Gulf this week. Follow up on current and soon to be made water and air quality tests. Demand we get those from the EPA, too, while you are at it.

    July 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  11. Tammy Christine

    Perfect amount of coverage.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:08 pm |

    If it was, it was because of folks like the irate (wealthy)JAMES CARVILLE, his wife, MARY MATALIN, the seafood and fishery owners, the crying jobless fishermen and the propagandist, fearmongering media pundits and talkingheads! They kicked, screamed and hollered to OBAMA to get down there quick; 'OH HE'S TAKING TOO LONG', 'he doesn't care about us, we're dying down here'! He went down to see and to talk to the experts and THEY TOLD HIM it was the greatest catastrophy to ever happen in the US, ANDERSON!

    July 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  13. Augsbee

    Absolutely not!!!!!! Anderson gave us the full truth, we saw it with our own eyes, we heard the victims speak. I thank Anderson for his hard work in bringing us the truth and keeping us informed on the victims of Louisiana and for not letting us forget them. BP and our government failed the people of Louisiana and nothing can change that fact. Those families have suffered tremendously as well as marine life. Anderson, please stay on top of it as you have with Haiti.
    Thank you.

    July 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  14. Jim

    Let us look at the Facts-
    1. People DID NOT DO THEIR JOBS as a result of this
    2. the Oil rig Exploded & sank
    3. Millions of Gallons of Oil were released into the Gulf
    4. It took almost 100 days to finally get the flow of oil stopped.
    5. Wild life Died, Marsh lands polluted, PEOPLE DIED & liveleyhoods destroyed for God only knows how long.
    Was the Coverage "Overblown" -HELL NO!!!!!!

    July 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  15. Bill

    If this is overblown, then I'd like to suggest all BP employees be part of a 20 yr control group study requiring them to eat only Gult seafood. Put your mouth where your money should be.

    July 30, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  16. Reinel Solano

    Now that we are arriving to a conclusion in the oil disaster AC360 should do a report on how the effort of BP and the government were able to save the gulf. So many actions were taking that the news have to give credit to.

    July 30, 2010 at 10:52 am |