Simon Jenkins, The Guardian | August 19, 2010
The Gulf oil spill is the latest example of state terror, hyped by Obama as a national disaster for political ends. ++ In reality, oil has reached only 10 percent of the coastline, but the economic consequences stemming from the media blitz are devastating. ++ Obama’s populist rhetoric, backed up by "dial-a-quote scientists howling blue murder," has emptied clean beaches of tourists, resulting in a projected 80 percent drop in revenues. ++ Our hysterical media is complicit in the political game of exploiting public fear into blind obedience.