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Kenneth Feinberg and Piers Morgan Have Testy Exchange Over BP Victim Fund (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 20th 2011 6:10PM
Kenneth Feinberg is the government-appointed administrator of the $20 billion BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund. On the one-year anniversary of the disaster, he spoke on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (weekdays, 9PM ET on CNN) about the difficulty of distributing the money: Only $3.8 billion has so far reached Gulf Coast fisherman and business owners.

Morgan repeatedly pointed out that because many fishermen only conduct business in cash, tit was a struggle to make an evidence-backed claim on lost earnings.

"I don't need the type of documentary evidence that you would get from a big corporation," Feinberg explained. "But I have moral a responsibility to make sure this program isn't simply just come-one, come-all ... Pay me on the basis of a handshake -- I can't do that."

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'South Park' Tackles the BP Oil Spill (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 28th 2010 10:04AM
'South Park' Tackles the BP Oil SpillYou shouldn't watch the news too often -- the news can be depressing. But you really shouldn't watch the news if you live in 'South Park' (Wed., 10PM ET on Comedy Central). The cartoon series takes on real life events, then turns the volume up to "11." Though it's supposedly just a bunch of crude drawings about foul-mouthed little kids, the show actually confronts the hypocrisy that we see around us every day.

The new episode tackles the British Petroleum oil spill. (With the acronym "BP" being changed to "DP.") Like the rest of us, the kids must watch the news passively, as disaster unfolds around them.

First, "DP" causes a massive drilling accident on the moon. Then, the company unleashes a thousand-foot demon of eternal darkness during another oil spill. (So, it's not that much worse than the horror inflicted on the Gulf Coast in real life ... ahem.)

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Kevin Costner Might Be Able to Help the Gulf Coast (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 23rd 2010 12:30AM
Kevin Costner Might Be Able to Help the Gulf CoastIn a time of crisis, a hero will rise. And who better to help us out during a natural disaster than Kevin Costner, star of the film 'Waterworld'?

Sorry, we don't mean to make fun of Mr. Costner. And actually, he's done something that's fairly incredible. Using his own money, Costner has created an oil separation machine. This is not a joke. Kevin Costner actually spent $24 million to make a machine that could assist with the Gulf oil spill. His invention can remove oil from water. Seriously. That's amazing.

On 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), Costner showed up to discuss his invention, and the BP spill in general. Like Robert Redford before him, Costner seemed to feel that the spill was a natural result of the failure of big business and government. "This is something that was bound to happen," he said.

What do you think? Was the spill inevitable?

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Larry King to Lead Oil-Spill Telethon

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 21st 2010 6:00AM
Larry KingTonight, news icon Larry King will host a two-hour telethon to benefit victims of the Gulf Coast oil spill, the NY Times is reporting.

The telethon, which will air on CNN, will reportedly feature a number of celebrity apperances ranging from Justin Bieber, to Robert Redford to 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest, who will be interacting with online users. Grammy-winning musician Sting will perform.

The money will be donated to three charities: United Way, the National Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy.

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A Republican Defends BP -- and Gets Yelled at on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 18th 2010 3:40AM
A Repubican Defends BP -- and Gets Yelled at on 'The Daily Show'We're at Day 59 of the BP oil spill. It is truly a national nightmare. But it does give Jon Stewart plenty of new material. And it provides us with a few more satirical news bites on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central). So, that's not great -- but it's something, at least.

President Obama requested that BP put money into a fund that would assist the victims of the oil spill. Surprisingly, the company actually went ahead and did this. But no good deed goes unpunished -- and so, for some odd reason, Republican Congressman Joe Barton decided to attack this move.

Barton defended British Petroleum -- the company responsible for the oil spill which has devastated the Gulf Coast. Joe Barton said that making this fund for the oil victims was a "tragedy." The congressman then accused Obama of trying to create a "slush fund" with the money.

This was the point where Jon Stewart's anger kicked in. The 'Daily Show' host was fairly unrelenting in his attack. "I don't like you!" he yelled in reply to Barton.

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'Tonight Show' Has BP Commercial 'Outtakes' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 17th 2010 5:36AM
'Tonight Show' Has BP Commercial 'Outtakes'We've all seen the commercials BP has produced that feature company CEO Tony Hayward addressing the oil spill. 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC) has some "outtakes" that reveal the "real" BP boss's attitude.

In one take, the "boss" stares into the camera and reads off a cue card, "'The oil spill is almost a million gallons a day'-- What?!" he gasps, laughs and looks away from the camera. To the director, he says, "That's a lot of oil! ... I had no idea -- a million gallons a day, good Lord! Take the shrimp off the menu, eh?" he jokes.

Check out the video for more "outtakes."

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Katie Couric Defends Bush and Obama to Letterman (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 16th 2010 7:45AM
Couric Defends Bush, Obama to LettermanOn the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), David Letterman asked Katie Couric to offer some "objectivity" regarding comparisons being drawn between former president George Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina and President Obama's response to the BP oil spill.

"Part of Katrina, it seemed to be that George Bush and what we perceived as his rich group of feckless, fat, white-boy buddies didn't care and did nothing," said Letterman. "Now we have this in the same part of the country. Is it safe to say that President Obama is making the same mistakes that George Bush made?"

"I think these hyperbolic generalizations are pretty unfair -- for both presidents," said the CBS news anchor. "I think there are limits to what a president can do." Couric went on to talk about perception and "the image that's often projected to the American people."

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Rachel Maddow Does 'Tar Ball' Jell-O Shot to Honor the Gulf Oil Spill (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 6th 2010 10:10PM
Rachel Maddow Does a Jell-O Shot to Honor the Gulf Oil SpillThe BP Oil Spill is just the latest crisis to devastate the Gulf Coast region. (Previously, there was a very large hurricane that you may have heard about.) On 'The Rachel Maddow Show' (weeknights, 9PM ET on MSNBC), Rachel visits a couple of Gulf Coast residents who are trying to make the best of things.

Jamie and Terri are the proprietors of the Dock of the Bay Bar on Grand Isle -- an island just off the coast of Louisiana, which has been one of the areas hardest hit by the oil spill. The main customers of the bar are fishermen, but there is no fishing in the area anymore, and thus, there are many fewer customers in the bar.

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