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Billy Bob Thornton Has Harsh Words for British Petroleum: ‘Those Sons-a-B—— Need to Pay’

Billy Bob Thornton isn’t known for putting things delicately, particularly when it comes to anything that threatens his beloved South.

Interviewed on Twisted South Radio, the Mr. Woodcock star—who snagged an Oscar for penning 1996’s Sling Blade—goes off fully cocked on British Petroleum for spilling untold millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

 CAPTION: "Somebody has GOT to figure out something," Billy Bob (above) tells us of cleaning up the BP spill.

"Somebody has GOT to figure out something," Billy Bob (above) tells us of cleaning up epic mess made by BP.

“It’s pretty f—– up. And I’ll tell you what, that’s one of our greatest treasures, the Gulf Coast,” the Hot Springs, Ark., native tells host Michael Buffalo Smith.

“Having spent my life—a lot of it—down around there, it’s just real sad to me. I don’t know what the answer is.

“But I think it’s a lot worse than people are letting on. It could be catastrophic in the end.

“When you look at all the people who are out of work now because of it, it’s just unbelievable.

“But I’ll tell you what: Those sons-a-b—— need to Continue reading

Media A-listers Keep ‘Mediaite’ Listeners Up to Date on Horrific BP Oil Spill

There’s no question that the Gulf Coast is in need of a gargantuan flushing as BP’s broken oil well continues to spew as many as 1.8 million gallons of crude a day into our environment.

But from the sound of things, such a clean-up won’t be happening anytime soon.

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Superstar spill coverage (l-r): Anderson, Brian, Kiran, Harry and Sam.

If it’s any consolation, however, BlogTalkRadio’s Mediaite—the companion radio show to leading media site Mediaite.com—has scored a royal flush on the news-update front.

Since last Wednesday, June 2, host Steve Krakauer has welcomed five of the biggest names in TV journalism, all of whom have weighed in live from the rapidly-blackening gulf waters:

NBC News anchor Brian Williams, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, CBS’ Early Show anchor Harry Smith, ABC Good Morning America weather editor Sam Champion, and CNN’s American Morning anchor Kiran Chetry.

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Brian Williams to President Obama: We the Media Are Here at the Oil Spill Site to Stay

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.

CAPTION: "It's pathetic to see those shrimp boats out there without their riggers that are usually filled with rigging to harvest shrimp from the gulf," Brian (above) tells us.

"It's pathetic to see those shrimp boats out there without their riggers that are usually filled with rigging to harvest shrimp from the gulf," Brian (above) told us.

“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 Continue reading