Background here: essentially, Inhofe’s staff put up a very embarrassing video of an EPA employee gloating about ‘crucifying’ (i.e., making examples of) random individuals and companies in order to encourage fear and compliance among the rest of the populace. The video has since been removed, and the Senator would like to know why:
[Inhofe spokesman Matt] Dempsey wrote that “we will be looking into an official response for YouTube to the claim brought forward by David McFatridge of ‘Citizen Media for We The People,’ in the morning.”
“In short, the video we cut and posted to our YouTube channel came from a YouTube channel, ‘Citizen Media for We The People,’ that said reuse is allowed and we attributed the site in the description of the video,” Dempsey added. “Further in our original website post for our media advisory, we also included a link to the original source. …. Finally, it appears as of late yesterday afternoon that Citizen Media for We The People took down all of the video content relating to Armendariz’s hourlong comments.”
You know, there’s a humorous little quirk about the American system of government: US Senators can get a little… cranky… when you treat them the same way that you would the average American citizen. Another humorous little quirk: US Senators – even the ones in the minority party – are some of the most powerful people on the planet, and they have all sorts of ways to make your day miserable. So… I would personally recommend that YouTube get right on that request for clarification. Particularly since Jim Inhofe will probably still be a US Senator next January; and he will probably not be in the minority party at that point.