#rsrh Is YouTube participating in a coverup? …wonders Senator Jim Inhofe.

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.

7 thoughts on “#rsrh Is YouTube participating in a coverup? …wonders Senator Jim Inhofe.”

  1. I don’t think it’s a conspiracy, but YouTube has to explain why the video was pulled, especially when they tout greater government transparency when promoting its service.

  2. I guess YouTube keeps forgetting that the internet is forever and that people can and will make copies of incriminating things like this.
    Whatever the reason, I hope they answer for this in a very painful manner.

  3. is there any way to find this video now? I thought that my company had gotten really cranky about what we look at on our iphones. I had no idea it was all You Tube.

  4. OK, so arguably the person who shot the video has a copyright claim. But do you want to bet that that individual, and the other people involved in the group that put on this little hate-fest, were, REALLY upset at the idea of Cheney having secret meetings with oil execs?
    And you want to bet they’d never understand how they’re hypocrites?

  5. Given the nastiness that can come from upsetting the liberal whack jobs, the enviro-nazis, or those fine, upstanding and peaceful OWSers… well, if I had a video like that, which very suddenly went viral and headlined the drudgereport, I’d be very nervous if my name could easily be associated with it (which apparently happened here)… I have family to consider, and I don’t need these jackwagons on my front lawn, chanting about what a bigot I am (http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/2012/02/25/nj-teachers-union-thugs-protest-at-students-home-to-send-father-a-message/), and that my house should be burned down (http://www.forbes.com/sites/warrenmeyer/2012/04/19/a-vivid-reminder-of-how-the-climate-debate-is-broken/). Even if you are a liberal whack job yourself, there is a bus all warmed up for you if you do damage to the cause.

  6. A valid point, DanB…but one that begs a question.

    If someone does have copyright to a piece of video that shows Dems in a bad light, but doesn’t want to be associated, what should he or she do?

    E-mail Moe?


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