One week ago, Governor Jerry Brown attended a gala dinner at Sacramento’s historic Sutter Club, to be awarded the “2012 Ocean Champion Award”- and eat a “sustainable seafood” dinner. The affair was sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the same billionaires who gave us their privatized version of Marine Life Protection Act: the MLPAI “Initiative.”
Where was press coverage for this honorary event?
There wasn’t any.
According to a press release from the Governor’s office: “This event is closed to press.”
The Governor, and the one per-center sponsors of the event, employed what Helen Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, calls the highest level of managing the news:
“The first, and perhaps the easiest way to manage the news, is simply to deny reporters access to information or an event.”
Members of the press were left to wonder why reporting was barred from an event which logically, the Governor would want proudly publicized? Since the free press was barred, one can only wonder if Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association, and chair of the MLPAI throughout much of the boondoggle, was on hand at the “Ocean Champion” awards banquet?
The sponsors of the event, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Julie Packard of the Packard Foundation, and other Resources Legacy Fund Foundation billionaires who funded the “Initiative,” were no doubt on hand in full force. They did not want their quality-time with the Governor impinged upon by the prying eyes of the press.
Our impoverished Governor, Jerry Brown, no doubt welcomed both the free seafood dinner, and the private funding of tens of millions of dollars that financed the outlaw public process, that claims to “save the ocean.” The financiers of the Marine Life Protection Act “Initiative” were celebrating the success of their experimental plan to both illegally privatize a governmental process, and appropriate about 14% of California’s offshore resources.
It seems the main thing “protected” by this corrupt version of “the Act,” were the special interests who financed it. As such, the MLPAI “Initiative” should in reality be called: the marine life protection racket.
Apparently, the ironic hypocrisy of super-rich “ocean guardians” - crowning our Governor “champion” – while eating a haute-monde seafood dinner to celebrate their conquest of sustainable fishing communities, was totally lost on these degenerate corporate plutocrats.
Then again, maybe not. Maybe that’s why they banned the press.