Censored: “You can’t say that” White House told reporter — “People will get scared” about amount of oil in Gulf


NPR reporter says he tried to ask right questions about Gulf spill, Journal & Courier, February 4, 2011:

There was standing room only Thursday as more than 100 people packed a lecture room in Purdue's Pfendler Hall to hear award-winning NPR correspondent Richard Harris discuss last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill. ...

Harris, who won a Kavli Science Journal Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in November for his coverage of the BP oil spill, became the go-to news source for updates on the spill. ...

On May 12, Harris was the first to report that figures released by the U.S. government and BP underestimated the size of the spill. ...

"The response was curious at first. Someone from the White House Press Office called and said, 'You can't say that. People will get scared,' " Harris said.

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