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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