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Cablers Carrying Tony Hayward Testimony

Cable news nets CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC are carrying BP CEO Tony Hayward‘s testimony this morning before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. All three have been streaming footage of the leak on screen simultaneously.

During the lengthy opening statements, the networks are dipping in and out of the live feed from capitol hill. CNBC is currently also airing the opening remarks.





> Update Hayward barely got out two words before the first protester made herself heard. Watch:

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BP, Oil Spill Rile Shepard Smith

shep_6-3.jpgFox News’ Shepard Smith has been particularly outspoken and fired up of late about the crisis in the Gulf.

The “Studio B” and “FOX Report” anchor has made a series of impassioned comments in the past few weeks about BP, the oil spill, and the leak’s effect on the Gulf Coast states, one of which his home state of Mississippi.

A regular target has been BP CEO Tony Hayward, to whom he said last month in a scathing commentary, “At least act like you care.” He also described one of Hayward’s comments early on as “beyond snotty.”

On “Studio B” yesterday, Smith again criticized the BP exec after comments Hayward made — and subsequently apologized for — over the weekend: “What he said there was, ‘I want my life back.’ Does he remember that 11 people were killed in this rig? Does he remember that? You want your life back, really Tony Hayward? WOW.”

Smith’s ire has also at times been directed at the overall clean-up effort. Yesterday, on Don Imus‘ show, Smith said, “They can’t even get soft berms and hard berms and sand levees down there to try to stop this thing because they’re in the middle of a process of evaluating whether it might work? Screw a process.” (h/t J$P)

In the midst of a conversation about the impact on the Southern coastline last week, Smith went so far as to say:

This could end up being the story of our generation, couldn’t it? Bigger than the attacks on the World Trade Center, bigger than most anything, if 14 million people live down there and a way of life… it’s just unthinkable.

ABC News’ Kofman Interviews BP CEO

Kofman052010.jpg ABC News correspondent Jeffrey Kofman will interview BP CEO Tony Hayward today. Portions of the interview will appear on “ABC World news with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” this evening.

Kofman has been in the gulf region ever since the explosion at the oil rig in late April.

“I was on the first flight I could get on to New Orleans [after the explosion],” Kofman told TVNewser. “I have essentially been here, with two small breaks, ever since.”

Kofman says the oil spill story is one of the most important he has ever worked on, with the long-term impact potentially catastrophic.

“The reality is that you can’t report on this story unless you get out and see it,” Kofman says. “As a reporter it has been incredibly challenging but it is also what we do.”

Meanwhile, the @NBCNewsCrew Twitter feed sent out the following Twitpic of their live location for tonight’s Nightly News as oil begins washing ashore in Grand Isle, LA.