Friday, August 20, 2010

Just to be clear, the oil is not gone

Some backstory: a few weeks ago the government released a report saying most of the oil was gone. The administration gave an exclusive to the NYTimes, which printed a rosy piece on A1. Some outlets, such as AP, were more skeptical.

Now, scientists not affiliated with the government are pushing back. The Times covers that new evidence today -- though not on the front page this time, of course.

Meanwhile, Marian Wang of ProPublica has a useful explanation of just how preliminary that initial study was, and how government officials Jane Lubchenco and Carol Browner were incorrect when they said it had been peer-reviewed.


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