Even msn is picking on the White House
White House altered report justifying drilling ban
Inspector general finds it was altered to imply it was peer reviewed
WASHINGTON ó An inspector general says the White House edited a report about the administration's moratorium on offshore oil drilling to make it appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of a six-month ban on new drilling.
The Interior Department's inspector general says the changes resulted "in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed." But it hadn't been.
Still, the report said the administration did not violate federal rules because it had offered a formal apology and already publicly clarified the nature of the expert review.Hopefully, that staff member is now among the unemployed.The report says that in May, a staff member working under White House energy adviser Carol Browner returned edited versions of the report's executive summary to the Interior Department, with language altered to imply that the panel of seven outside analysts who reviewed a draft of safety recommendations endorsed the ban, Politico reported.
Some of the peer reviewers complained, the Politico report said, and the department apologized to them in early June. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar met with some of them personally and spoke to them on a conference call, according to Politico.