Marriage of oil and fisheries in Louisiana is not so happy: Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune, February 25, 2011:
Imagine this. A reporter is invited on a state-funded fishing trip by the Louisiana Charter Boat Association. One caveat: His story must inform readers the oil industry lives in harmony with recreational fishing and, in fact, is beneficial to that sector.
Shocked? So was Eric Sharp of the Detroit Free-Press.
"Of course, I told him I couldn't do that -- I couldn't accept any trip with pre-conditions," he said. "When he told me the money and the conditions had come from your Department of Natural Resources, I was really surprised." I wasn't. Not even after the story was confirmed by DNR Undersecretary Robert Harper. His agency is spending $10,000 on that campaign, he said. ...
[T]his campaign... uses public funds to benefit one of the most profitable industries on the planet. It can afford to pay for its own media bribes.
Read the report here.