Oil Spill Makes Celebrities Out of Reporters

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

On Friday, Day 80 of the oil spill, much of the Gulf of Mexico still looked bruised and battered, just as it did the week before, and the month before that. So for a different perspective, CNN went scuba diving.

A new CNN correspondent, Amber Lyon, and a new CNN contributor, Philippe Cousteau, wore hazardous-materials suits as they swam in the contaminated waters and tried to convey the grimy oil residue they were seeing. The murky live shots from underneath the sea made more than a few viewers chuckle, but they were memorable, and sometimes that’s the point. (Video here)


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