What? The media exaggerate the oil spill?
Whodathunkit. Not just Time
, but also the Washington Post this mornin
g, the New York Times yesterda
y, and even ABC News
. (Wonder if Chris Matthews will catch up with the news.)
Just as Ken Green and I predicted more than a month ago: "Still another cause for optimism is the location of the oil. The novel conditions of this spill have created a unique and previously unforeseen situation: rather than mostly rising and moving to shore, most of the oil is remaining dispersed in solution in the ocean. While that oil is bound to cause significant damage to marine life, the damage would likely have been much worse had more of the oil made landfall along Gulf-coast shores. Indeed, it is possible that the conditions of the Deepwater Horizon spill may cause the bulk of the oil to stay in less vulnerable ecosystems, where resilience is highest and recovery is fastest."
Actually what is notable here is not media second thoughts--that was inevitable--but the speed with which it has occurred.