Today I’ll highlight some of the main stream media reporting on the trial and I am going to draw a sharp line and differentiate the reporting. First up though we need to examine what got everyone into Judge Feldman’s courtroom, one that is very plaintiff unfriendly if said plaintiff is an individual suing an insurance company.
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I was tempted to sign into my wiki account and add the words “and National Media” because they made this lawsuit in a way back in 2010 by giving Costner huge amounts of free publicity when he showed up on the Gulf Coast like a fly circling a fresh cow pie after the oil spill. Notice I used the term “publicity” instead of “news” because the reporting was uncritical and 100% derived from controlled tests of Costner’s centrifuge technology, which were not previously commercially viable and was not used to any effect in the 2010 oil spill.
Simply put we had a ring side seat here at Slabbed when we highlighted the threatened lawsuit against Frank Levy on June 17, 2010 that was mentioned in so many of yesterday’s media reports on the civil suit. It was obvious to any local with half a brain this was the oil spill equivalent to a stock market pump and dump. But the media had stars in their eyes and made the Costner inspired scam “news” without a critical, second thought.
So we had the ridiculous specter of Kevin Costner sitting before a congressional committee telling them to make BP buy his centrifuge with our own Magnum JD seated squarely behind him. It takes political connections to score a seat as a witness before congress promoting a for profit business and we exposed those connections too with the political beneficiaries including Bobby Jindal, Mary Landrieu and Billy Nungesser.
The bottom line is the average Joe aka the 99% were sold out about every way possible during the spill with BP footing almost all the bill. The saga of Bull Durham and his BS centrifuge is but one such illustration of that.
So how is the media covering the trial? Channel 4 had a reporter there and he stayed to the narrow set of allegations in the suit itself. Time magazine put the suit in their Celebrity section exhibiting the original mindset of the media then covering the oil spill. Madison Grey’s report has a good bit more detail than Scott Satchfield’s but TeeVee news is all about the short segment. Hopefully Grey sticks around for the whole trial.
Michael Kunzelman’s AP report was the source for the rest of the media coverage that I could find with a quick google and it is the most extensive trial coverage of the lot as all the reports picked up on Costner Attorney bell cow line of the day:
“Kevin Costner is here for one reason and one reason only: He’s famous,” Lee said in opening statements.
Indeed it was for the same reason Costner’s centrifuge was crammed down BP’s throat after the right people were cut in.
Finally Judy Barrasso’s appearance for Magnum’s buddy Francisco Valobra reminded me of her prior interactions with Judge Feldman in certain Allstate litigation. I personally do not care which set of washed up actors win this case because the whole lot of ’em are filthy, greed driven hogs but should a certain judge pass threats of criminal action to induce a settlement, my unsolicited recommendation would be to call the bluff provided nothing illegal has occurred.