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  •  Massey exes were convicted for warning.. (7+ / 0-)

    ..of up comings safety inspections, to give time to clean up/hide safety violations. One of those executives convicted was David Hughart.

    Steve Kornacki @ 'All In' for chris Hayes interviews Blankenship asking him; was is Massey Energy policy to arrest those that exposed violations?

    "Judge Irene Berger asked Hughart if such warnings [of safety investigations] were company policy and, if so, who ordered it. "The chief executive officer" [Blankenship] Hughart replied.
    Here is an excerpt of a memo sent by Blankenship:
    'If any of you have been do anything other than run coal (i.e. -- build overcasts, do construction jobs, or whatever), you need to ignore them and run coal.'

    (short ad - sorry)
    transcript @ Link with a follow-up video:
    And yes, from coal advocate governor Manchin:
    "I am not only livid that  I was lied to, but I am even more engaged that Don Blankenship would manipulate a tragedy to promote himself and his own agenda.
    I am going to pursue every legal recourse available against Adroit's despicable tactics.
    The most tragic part of al of this is that the families of these miners are forced to suffer yet again at the hands of Don Blankenship."

                                         Senator Joe Manchin
                                                 (D) West Virginia

    I have reservations about governor Manchin on a number of things, but this - none

    Thx MB

    and for this report

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      Steve Kornacki @ 'All In' for chris Hayes interviews Blankenship asking him; was is Massey Energy policy to arrest those that exposed violations? to deliberately condone what those executives were convicted of doing = warning of up-coming inspections in order to hide safety violations and/or offenses?
      Sorry I goofed that up. Hope it makes sense now
    •  I had the Hayes/Kornacki segment on in the (3+ / 0-)
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      background.  The rebuttal guest (WV print reporter? safety advocate?) tore this "documentary" vapid whitewash and BlankMoralCoreShit a new one.  Probably best he was not in studio  :o)

      "But I do apologize, JVolvo, for you are arbiter of all that can and cannot be discussed and I bow down to your supremacy when it comes to what can be written on this website." WinSmith 1/22/2014 - "OK" JVolvo 1/23/2014 (sorry, Clive)

      by JVolvo on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 02:46:26 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks for posting that (0+ / 0-)

      I was about to.  The creepiest thing Blankenship did during that interview, aside from sitting passively while quotes and guests tore him a new one, was to blame OSHA for the disaster.  If the coal companies were left alone, he implied, this would never have happened.  It's all because of that durned gubmint regulation....

      This guy might join Dick Cheney on the very exclusive list of people I would wish a long painful lingering death on.

      We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

      by Dallasdoc on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 04:43:37 PM PDT

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