George Graham

There Are Times When the “News” Says it All

Back in the days when I wrote “news” stories for a living, I had to be oh-so-careful not to let my biases color the facts. I was constantly reminded that bias belonged on the editorial pages.

But that was then; this is now. Today’s “news” is often spin of one kind or another. Even the “facts” that are cited are sometimes so twisted that they’re closer to fiction than reality.

Sometimes, however, the facts cannot be spun.  And no comment is required.

I submit today’s report of another oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico as an example.

Here’s the latest bulletin:

GRAND ISLE, La. – An offshore petroleum platform exploded and was burning Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles off the Louisiana coast, west of the site where BP’s undersea well spilled after a rig explosion.

The Coast Guard says no one was killed in the blast, which was reported by a commercial helicopter flying over the area Thursday morning. All 13 people aboard the rig have been accounted for, with one injury. The extent of the injury was not known.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Cheri Ben-Iesau said some of those from the rig were spotted in emergency flotation devices.

Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two airplanes and three cutters were dispatched to the scene from New Orleans, Houston and Mobile, Ala., Ben-Iesau said. She said authorities do not know whether oil was leaking from the site.

The Department of Homeland Security said the platform was in about 2,500 feet of water and owned by Mariner Energy of Houston. DHS said it was not producing oil and gas.

The Deepwater Horizon rig leased by BP was in about 5,000 feet of water when it exploded and sank in April, killing 11 workers and triggering a leak of about 206 million gallons of oil.

All I have to add is that despite these “accidents,” the beat goes on. Cost it what it may, America must have its oil, they say.

When will they ever learn?

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for