Gasland Creator Josh Fox Arrested at House Hearing

Josh Fox arrestedFunny how those who oppose drilling want there to be plenty of rules (i.e. regulations) that would govern every aspect of drilling, but when it comes to following rules themselves, they don’t want to. Witness the arrest yesterday of Josh Fox, so-called documentary film maker and creator of the anti-fracking propaganda film Gasland when he tried to film a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing without proper credentials:

An Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker was arrested at a House hearing Wednesday after trying to film the proceedings without the required media credentials.

Joshua Fox, of Milanville, Pa., was led out of the room in handcuffs and charged by Capitol Police with unlawful entry.

Democrats forced two votes, one to allow Fox to film the hearing and a second to recess the hearing for a week so that Fox could obtain credentials. Both motions were defeated on a party-line vote.

Committee Republicans issued a statement saying that committee rules state, "Personnel providing coverage by the television and radio media shall be currently accredited to the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Galleries.

"The individual removed was not accredited by the House Radio and TV Gallery and had refused to turn off his camera upon request by Capitol Police," the statement added.

The hearing was available for viewing on the committee’s Internet site, which is routine practice for most congressional committees.*

Sounds pretty innocuous doesn’t it? I mean, let the poor guy film the hearing so he can use clips out of context for his next “blockbuster” documentary. “Leave him alone!” (the Dems say).

Thing is, if you let one person skirt the rules, pretty soon it all falls apart. If MDN editor Jim Willis wanted to attend that hearing and whip out my Flip camera and start recording, the Capitol Police would surely escort me out (I’m not a member of the House Radio and TV Gallery either). Any crackpot can claim they’re making a documentary. Should they be exempt from the rules too? What about security concerns, using cameras not properly vetted that may be hiding guns? You get the idea.

The anti-drillers are fine with others following the rules, but they want to exempt themselves. Typical. Go get a membership Josh, and stop your cheesy attempts at grabbing a few more headlines. Frankly, Josh Fox has already had his 15 minutes of fame, and it’s gone. Everyone seems to know it but Josh.

*Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette/AP (Feb 1, 2012) – ‘Gasland’ director arrested at House hearing