The Texas Tribune fracks the 1st amendment

Tribune invite

This is a tale of the turd that didn’t make it to the punchbowl. The turd in this tale is played by me. The punchbowl is the Texas Tribune Festival that took place this past weekend. Steve Horn also has a role:

Then Steve Horn of DeSmog Blog published an investigative piece on Alternet exposing Haynesville as a piece of industry propaganda masquerading as an independent documentary. Turns out Gregory Kallenberg “is actually a well-connected oil and natural gas man, with both a direct and familial financial stake in the ongoing domestic natural gas boom.”

I posted the whole tale over on EARTHblog.

Here is a quote from the blog post to pique your interest:

“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” —A.J. Liebling

Here is a picture from the blog post:


UPDATE: to add graphic by commenter request

About Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. Melissa says

    “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.” —A.J. Liebling. How true. Ugh.

  2. A Nonny Mouse says

    two reasons I never expected much from the trib.
    1) funding from t. boone pickens
    2) evan smith (i paid attention when he was at tx monthly)

  3. Westchester Neighbor says

    Some things have such a great start ~ but the TT has surely fallen into the media sludge pit. Where can we get a refund?