Friday, June 04, 2010

No Mention of Reilly's ConocoPhillips Ties

CBS News Katie Couric interviewed the co-chairs of President Obama's Oil Spew Commission.

Florida's ex-Senator Bob Graham described their task:

We will make recommendations for what we think will be necessary for the United States to continue to have a deepwater drilling industry.

Co-chair William Reilly's EPA experience came up several times, but not his oil industry ties. Reilly's received roughly $250,000 in compensation from ConocoPhillips for his board services. He controls over $2 million in stock. ConocoPhillips has a joint venture with BP in the massive Tiber field in the Gulf of Mexico.

Reilly has a direct financial interest in deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. I aired this the day President Obama announced Reilly's appointment. The Maddow Blog picked it up June 1.

This is no disrespect to Katie Couric, whom I love dearly. I was in Emmet dorm when she was an RA on the third floor. I'm sure William Reilly made clear what was off limits for an interview.

We're all doing the best we can within and at the edges of the system.

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