The YouTube channel where Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe’s office originally discovered the video of EPA official Al Armendariz speak about his “crucify them” enforcement philosophy has scrubbed the original video and lodged a complaint against Inhofe to YouTube.
The source and now YouTube complainant, David McFatridge of “Citizen Media for We The People,” is an environmentalist and, according to Inhofe’s office, has eliminated all content related to Armendariz’s speech from his YouTube channel.
The original video now turns of an error notice that reads: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge.”
McFatridge’s complaint comes despite the fact that his page reads, “Consider ALL video Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)”.
Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey told TheDC they are working to connect with a YouTube representative.
Dempsey also explained that Inhofe’s office covered their bases with their use of the video.
“In short, the video we cut and posted to our YouTube channel came from a YouTube channel, “Citizen Media for We The People,” that said reuse is allowed and we attributed the site in the description of the video,” he explained in an email to reporters. “Further in our original website post for our media advisory, we also included a link to the original source.”
The video of Armendariz explaining that he uses a “crucify them” enforcement philosophy for oil and gas companies set off a fires storm late this week. To date seven congressmen have called for his resignation.
Watch the original video, courtesy of MRC: