Latest News on BP with Cokie Roberts

Monday, June 21, 2010

Cokie Roberts, NPR senior news analyst and political commentator for ABC News, discusses the latest on the BP oil spill and cleanup efforts.


Cokie Roberts

Comments [20]


Please. You can't have Cokie Roberts as an analyst without having another voice to balance her out on the left. You can't pretend that as a guest she's a voice of neutral expertise. There's a right leaning bias in her commentary, from language use like "seize" to describe Democrats' use of GOP gaffes, to an opportunistically sloppy comparison of the Bush administration's uncaring incompetence over Katrina to the very different circumstances of the Deep Horizon event. When Lehrer doesn't acknowledge that Roberts' main contribution is ideologically-inflected commentary, not neutral local Louisiana expertise, he fails at his job. He failed his listeners this morning. (Was he dazzled and muzzled by her intra-NPR celebrity?)

Jun. 21 2010 10:35 AM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Many, many Americans are becoming disillusioned with ALL large institutions, including the "big government" and large corporations and not just BP (particularly on the left and the far right).

People of America are great because they desire limited government, yet want the symbolic strength and real executive power in the US presidency, particularly during crisis.

This dichotomy doesn't sit well and is often at odds...

Jun. 21 2010 10:31 AM
SuzanneNYC from UWS

Once again, we spend precious time talking about process -- and little or nothing about the policy that brought us to this point. The call to send tjhousands citizens to clean up the Gulf Coastil sounds great but is really completely meaningless. Without a plan and leadership in place what would these people do? There would be chaos and more anger. The area is toxic -- look at the long range health problems that people faced from cleaning up Ground Zero. You can't just send people to do something -- once again we are focusing on the wrong issue. It's so much easier to blame Obama.

Jun. 21 2010 10:31 AM
Dan from Manhattan

No one should be surprised by Joe Barton's apology to BP. It is further evidence that Corporate America is really running our country and that the Congress is merely their errand boys and girls.

Jun. 21 2010 10:29 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

RE: Obama golfing
How many indebted Americans are out there taking their children to Chucky Cheeses with a house about the be foreclosed upon and credit card bills. How many husbands watch TV or tell jokes while their wives die of cancer. How many blah blah blah, blah blah blah , while blah blah bhal happens. “Obama when golfing” is nothing but hypocritical fluff.

Jun. 21 2010 10:29 AM
antonio from park slope

wow, the chattering class is still bashing Obama? Get a life!

Jun. 21 2010 10:27 AM

Haha, you can't really can't blame Obama for lack of leadership. When he's strong on the issue, people blame him for strong arming companies.

When he's deliberate, people say he's dithering and not emotional enough.

People without answers just want someone to blame.

Jun. 21 2010 10:25 AM
Sally from LES

James Carvelle is a shill for BP. Watch him he never says anything that hasn't been said about BP publicly and mitigates the blame.

There is video of him dining with BP.

Jun. 21 2010 10:25 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

here's a story on the Repubican Study Committee stance on the spill.

Jun. 21 2010 10:24 AM
Xtina from Manhattan

Playing golf vs. going to a yacht race. Obama did NOT cause this disaster, Tony Hayward did. BP is responsible for stopping this and cleaning up, NOT the government.

And the Administration's response was immediate. I am tired of this acceptance of Obama's 'slow response' as a fact.

Jun. 21 2010 10:24 AM
Really from NY

It was Fathers' Day for crying out loud!
He has a family too guys!

Jun. 21 2010 10:24 AM
Robert from NYC

Yeah, Cokie, let him go down there and clean up birds!! Why not!! It's beneath him? We don't have a king we have an elected representative.

Jun. 21 2010 10:24 AM
Mike from Nyc

BP will not go bankrupt, they will just restructure as a new company. Just like Philip Morris. Doesn't the tax payer always pay in these situations?

Obama playing golf, the BP guy sailing? Where's the real investigative reporting?

Jun. 21 2010 10:24 AM
John from office

If Bush were in office the tone of this show would be deadly.

Fisher people!!!, how PC

Jun. 21 2010 10:23 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

The sentiment that BP shouldn’t be forced to clean up the mess or help the people affected spreads far beyond Senator Joe Barton. A cabal of over 100 Republican lawmakers put out a document basically supporting BP and Leader Bonner himself has made comments against the administration supporting BP. All three have had to leap back from their comments.
Republicans are so set against the president, they have completely walked away from the best interests of their constituents.

Jun. 21 2010 10:22 AM

Obama played golf this weekend!! oh my!

i want to be the first to call for his impeachment!

Jun. 21 2010 10:21 AM
Chriss from Montclair

Barton is a red herring on this one.

He's a fool and should called out, BUT he ain't the President.

Obama (who played golf this weekend) needs to be called out.

But Obama's lovers in the media are still trying to "protect" him.

I see this and I voted for him, but even I see his lack of leadership on this one.

Jun. 21 2010 10:18 AM
er-nay from UWS

where is she in SC ?

Jun. 21 2010 10:17 AM

Did she say "hundreds" of fisher people? Maybe the republicans are right and that the moratorium is actually worse for the region than the spill.

Did anyone else hear fishing accounts for 1% of the economy there, and drilling is around 16%? Or if those numbers are off, what are the numbers?

Jun. 21 2010 10:11 AM

forget the pelicans! i need cheap oil NOW!

Jun. 21 2010 10:02 AM

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