Is it possible to have a major disaster and get away with it?  It is.  The Mexican government had one of the worst well blow-outs at sea in history in 1979.  As the article notes, few remember it, yet it was nearly identical to the disaster in the Gulf that is still unfolding.  The Soviet Union, of course, had a number of major environmental disasters that were buried until the country fell apart.  Few know about or remember them.  It is possible, to paraphrase George Orwell, to put events down a memory hole.  The importance of a free press is to prevent that from happening.

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