Government's Breathtaking Disdain for Us – UPDATED

This kills me!:

The Interior Department’s inspector general says the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of the administration’s six-month ban on new drilling.

The inspector general says the editing changes resulted “in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed.” But it hadn’t been. The scientists were only asked to review new safety measures for offshore drilling.

“There was no intent to mislead the public,” said Kendra Barkoff, a spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who also recommended in the May 27 safety report that a moratorium be placed on deepwater oil and gas exploration. “The decision to impose a temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling was made by the secretary, following consultation with colleagues including the White House.”

Emphasis mine. “There was no intent to mislead the public.”

Read what Inspector General says, again:…the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of the administration’s six-month ban on new drilling.

But no intent to mislead. What Kendra Barkoff–spokeswoman for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar–really meant to say was, “there was every intent to mislead the public.”

Because there was a crisis, and they couldn’t let it go to waste, you know, when they hate drilling and oil as much as they do.

So, the Inspector General–who has not yet been fired for doing his job–says the White House distorted a drilling safety report.

Why distort something unless your intent is to mislead?

They insult the intelligence they were given the privilege to “lead.” They insult the intelligence of five year-olds.

Such disdain they exhibit, for the citizenry. Breathtaking, unconscionable disdain.

It’s disgusting.

Ed Morrissey was on it way before me!.

This video is relevant, too

UPDATE: If all of that made you angry, take that energy and bring it here!

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  • kelleyb

    Hubris by the administration to to change the report and then LIE about it. Lord, help us!

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  • Dad of Six

    C’mon Anchoress, this is like so old news! This happened, like, eons ago! Why aren’t you writing about something more important, like, if Kanye West still really thinks Bush “doesn’t care about black people”!

  • http://westernchauvinist.blogspot.com Western Chauvinist

    Speaking of dishonest (or self-delusional), you gotta love how everything Obama does is neither political nor ideological. He’s just a pragmatist, doncha know? Such is the pragmatism of the Left… wishful thinking… not what works.

    On the issue of earmarks, my understanding is that the moratorium will not stop pork spending. It will simply remove the authority of Congress for directing already appropriated pork into Congressmen’s districts and transfer that authority to the Obama administration instead. Inhofe is trying to explain this to advocates of the moratorium on radio (Laura Ingraham) and elsewhere. I assume his bill addresses the *appropriations* aspect. If anyone has a better understanding, I’d appreciate hearing it.

    Meanwhile, I’m off to watch Ed Morrissey’s interview with Inhofe at Hot Air.

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    And then they wonder why we return the disdain with interest!

    Ah well, I’m sure God loves them.

  • Warren Jewell

    Why shouldn’t the liar lie about his lying? Without such practice, you may not learn to avoid giveaway flinches when you lie.

  • John V

    From a December 2008 Politico story:

    “The president-elect campaigned on a promise of treating science differently than Bush, whose administration was criticized by scientists as ignoring research and distorting facts suit its own ends.”

    “. . . the scientific process is about evidence and facts that ‘are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.’

    ‘It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient – especially when it’s inconvenient . . . .’”

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  • Teresa

    First thing Congress do is to increase funding for Inspectors General. They are brave souls these days. Obama and his cohorts sent out rumors a while ago abut one Inspector General implying he was just old and crazy. Then he fired him. On earmarks, Inhoff is correct and anyone who has ever worked in Washington knows this. Why give Obama more control over how money is spent. And turning that control to the Executive Branch exclusively is against the constitution–Congress appropriates.

  • Teresa

    Sorry about the misspellings above. Happens when you have a bandage on one finger.

  • jtd7

    I have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. The decision to impose a moratorium on off-shore drilling was not in essence a scientific or technical decision. “Peer-review” is a red herring.

  • Maureen

    Of course it wasn’t a scientific decision. There’s no shame in saying, “As a policy decision, we’re banning this.”

    What’s shameful is saying that Bob says it’s okay, when Bob didn’t say that. Especially when Bob was actually asked questions about something different.

  • Doc

    Yet another reason the corporate media should be crippled. A Republican administration caught doing this very thing would be greeted with howls of outrage and demands for resignations on nightly newscasts, daily newspapers, and weekly news mags. The fact that they have a completely different rule book for (D) than they do for (R) should cause thinking people to abandon the corporate media until they change or go under.

  • Estragon

    They weren’t trying to deceive the public – they were trying to deceive the Congress. Deceiving the public was just a bonus.

    If there was no intent to deceive, why change it to a misleading reading? Frankly, their only possible alternative defense is that they are so mind-numbingly stupid and illiterate that they didn’t realize how it read . . .


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