GASLANDS producer Josh Fox without whom few of us would ever have heard of the abomination known as hydraulic fracking was yesterday excluded along with representatives of ABC News from the Congressional hearing into the EPA findings
( reported here in a recent blog ) in Pavilion, Wyoming where it is confirmed that groundwater has been contaminated. Republican representatives moved to exclude Fox who was acting within his rights as set out in the First Amendment of the American Constitution. The meeting was an 'open' public meeting - but apparently not for Fox. Perhaps he should have said that he was from Fox News!! Capitol Hill spokesman suggested that JF gained access 'illegally'. Can you imagine gaining access to such a place illegally? The mind boggles.
Either way, Fox is perhaps no fool. He is better known than any faceless politician seeking to hide the truth and the You Tube clip ( enter Josh Fox - arrest ) has every chance of going 'viral'.
First Amendment: " Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peacably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Or have we entered a new era?