A Gulf Oil Spill Update indicates BP and Coast Guard issued a news black out on July 7, 2010. Wayne Madsen, a Washington, DC based investigative journalist, author, and syndicated columnist has blown the whistle on attempts to block information regarding devestating conditions along the Gulf Coast.
On the Wayne Madsen Report website, in a post accessible only by members, Madsen clames that residents in areas along the coast of the world's worst oil spill have been evacuated due to respiratory ailments. In response, BP and the Coast Guard are doing their best to push newscasters out.
Madsen's reports that Mediacom, a Florida based cable company which ranks seventh among the nation's largest cable companies, has blocked access to Pensacola news broadcasts of the Gulf spill since July 2. Madsen also reports that CBS affiliate WKRG-TV and ABC affiliate WEAR-TV and national news programs like CBS and ABC have been blocked from broadcasts of the Gulf disaster. NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN have not been blocked by Mediacom.
Reporters and investigators, as well as clean up volunteers, have been prevented from accessing the contaminated Gulf of Mexico by BP security and the Coast Guard. Madsen claims to have secret access and will broadcast footage from July 10-15, 2010, from locations in New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.