Don’t tell Brian Williams that NBC News will be leaving the site of the catastrophic BP oil spill any time soon.
“I got a kick out of President Obama saying that even when the cameras go away we’ll still be here for ya,” the anchor told our Mediaite host, Steve Krakauer, live from the Gulf Coast yesterday.
“That ain’t the way this is going to play out. If anything, the cameras being here have compelled outside interests, the government and BP to kick this into another gear.
“I think that with all due respect, the president might have had his scenario off by 180 degrees,” Brian continued.
“So we’ll keep coming back here. We won’t take our eyes off this region. And we haven’t since we knew we had a category-five storm off the coastline five years ago.”
Brian also expressed concern for the Gulf Coasts’ fishing industry.
“After [Hurricane] Katrina, those shrimp were out there; they were riled up; rolled up on the bottom of the ocean.
“But they were there and you could-if you had a shrimp boat and the talent-you could go out and get them. You could make a living.
“[The BP spill] has prevented people from making a living. They’ve done no wrong.
“They’re shrimpers; they’re fishermen; they are ostermen and they are sitting on the sidelines.”
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