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[ 12 ] February 1, 2012 |

Josh Fox, the maker of the documentary Gasland and whom one might call today’s Ida Tarbell, was arrested today at the order of House Republicans during a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Why? They tried to film it.

Open government at its finest! It’s far easier to destroy the nation’s environment if you can keep anyone from reporting on it.

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  1. Curmudgeon says:

    Fun fact: Josh Fox is on the DHS terrorist watch list.

    Questioning the absolute right of the 1% to extract wealth at any cost is not what American freedom is about.

    • Murc says:

      I keep waiting for someone to establish some sort of ‘Watch List Pride’ group. It’s getting to the point where being put on one is a badge of honor; it means you’re pissing off all the right people.

      • Captain Splendid says:

        Hmm, a quick Google Search reveals just the standard Gadsden-related crap.

        I daresay right-wingers would have a fairly large mental block against creating or wearing a ‘Watch List Pride’ type of shirt, even as they would nominally voice support for the idea.

        Hmmm, maybe a little stealth trolling is in order.

      • Curmudgeon says:

        Why do you hate freedom?

  2. Pith Helmet says:

    Josh Fox, the maker of the documentary Gasland and whom one might call today’s Ida Tarbell, were arrested today

    Is there a name missing here? subject/verb agreement, please.

  3. Honorable Bob says:

    These hearings are open to the public.

    It appears from the article that there were rules already in place about camaras. Also, Fox didn’t apply for a pass which seems to be very easy to get.

    Bottom line is Fox didn’t really give a shit about the law or the rules and then refused to leave.

    Erik fails to mention any of this and HuffPo mentions this in the last paragraph of the article.

    There is no issue here. Fox got what anyone asshole doing that deserves and he either knew or should have known the rules in advance (dumbass).

  4. Njorl says:

    Sub-committees routinely ignore the requirement for permission to record, and for credentials. It is used to prevent overcrowding. Enforcing the rule specifically for the purpose of censorship is a violation of the first amendment, regardless of what the rules say.

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