Don Blankenship: Coal, Unions, Obama’s Labor Dept., Prison, Death & “Cocaine Mitch”.

The Curious Case of Don Blankenship, or as Rolling Stone Magazine called him “The Dark Lord of Coal” and others refer to as the “Most Hated Man in West Virginia.” This full-length interview covers the tragic day when Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch Mine in WV exploded killing 29 miners. After years of fighting increased regulation by the Obama Labor Dept., CEO Don Blankenship was indicted on four felony counts, and although all counts were dismissed, he was found guilty on a misdemeanor and served a year in prison. After being released, Don ran a Senate campaign losing the nomination to run against West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. It was during this campaign many considered his words racist and the media, both news and comedians, skewered him. One of the most enduring catch-phrases from this campaign, “Cocaine Mitch,” referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is still used today. This is a fascinating story where we hear the other side of a rather tarnished coin that involves union corruption and political malfeasance going up to the highest levels of the Obama Administration.

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There are 15 comments.

  1. milkchaser Member

    This interview was fantastic. I respect Mr. Blankenship and Sussman did a fantastic job.

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    • June 1, 2019, at 1:50 AM PDT
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  2. milkchaser Member

    This would make a fantastic movie!

    • #2
    • June 1, 2019, at 1:56 AM PDT
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  3. Jim Wright Coolidge

    Great interview! Mr. Blankenship is much better served by this long-form interview than those campaign ads.

    • #3
    • June 1, 2019, at 3:24 AM PDT
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  4. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    LIstening to this on iTunes, the entire 2:32 is on iTunes. I am about 2/3 through. There hasn’t been a dull moment. I recall Three Martini Lunch making fun of Blankenship when he was running against Manchen. I hope that Geraghty listens to this interview. He really needs to check his facts.

    Once again, Dave, a superb interview, timely and much needed. Thank you.

    • #4
    • June 1, 2019, at 9:12 AM PDT
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  5. mildlyo Member

    Wow. What a great interview. I didn’t think I’d make it through when I saw the runtime, but I was riveted.

    I won’t think the same of cocaine Mitch from now on.

    The Obama stuff is less surprising. Another scandal the press refused to cover. Bigger body count than average.

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    • June 1, 2019, at 5:30 PM PDT
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  6. Doctor Robert Member

    An interesting question on the appalling regulatory error at the BBG mine is not asked. Did the Gummint WANT an explosion? A handful of deaths at a premiere could have gone a long way towards turning public opinion away from coal.

     

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    • June 2, 2019, at 4:05 AM PDT
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  7. Dave Sussman Contributor

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    An interesting question on the appalling regulatory error at the BBG mine is not asked. Did the Gummint WANT an explosion? A handful of deaths at a premiere could have gone a long way towards turning public opinion away from coal.

     

    It’s hard to suggest that, after all, the bureaucrats are still human beings. Many go back and forth between the agencies and the private sector. I would place the blame on political incompetence. 

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    • June 2, 2019, at 12:04 PM PDT
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  8. Annefy Member

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    An interesting question on the appalling regulatory error at the BBG mine is not asked. Did the Gummint WANT an explosion? A handful of deaths at a premiere could have gone a long way towards turning public opinion away from coal.

     

    It’s hard to suggest that, after all, the bureaucrats are still human beings. Many go back and forth between the agencies and the private sector. I would place the blame on political incompetence.

    Anyone but me get an Atlas Shrugged flashback ?

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    • June 2, 2019, at 12:36 PM PDT
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  9. mildlyo Member

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    An interesting question on the appalling regulatory error at the BBG mine is not asked. Did the Gummint WANT an explosion? A handful of deaths at a premiere could have gone a long way towards turning public opinion away from coal.

     

    It’s hard to suggest that, after all, the bureaucrats are still human beings. Many go back and forth between the agencies and the private sector. I would place the blame on political incompetence.

    Anyone but me get an Atlas Shrugged flashback ?

    Yes. If I were to lose a loved one through political incompetence instead of clear malice, should I be consoled?

    • #9
    • June 2, 2019, at 12:49 PM PDT
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  10. Dave Sussman Contributor

    mildlyo (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    An interesting question on the appalling regulatory error at the BBG mine is not asked. Did the Gummint WANT an explosion? A handful of deaths at a premiere could have gone a long way towards turning public opinion away from coal.

     

    It’s hard to suggest that, after all, the bureaucrats are still human beings. Many go back and forth between the agencies and the private sector. I would place the blame on political incompetence.

    Anyone but me get an Atlas Shrugged flashback ?

    Yes. If I were to lose a loved one through political incompetence instead of clear malice, should I be consoled?

    I’m no lawyer but that sounds like a legal differentiation. I assume Blankenship may feel similar to you. Of course, either way, the result is repulsive.

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    • June 2, 2019, at 1:55 PM PDT
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  11. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Annefy (View Comment):
    Anyone but me get an Atlas Shrugged flashback ?

    Oh yeah.

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    • June 2, 2019, at 3:45 PM PDT
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  12. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    I can’t believe I listened to the WHOLE thing. Wow. You just get better and better Dave. 

    • #12
    • June 2, 2019, at 3:47 PM PDT
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  13. Melissa Praemonitus Member

    Dave has graduated to news man status. I caught up with HBO’s Chernobyl last night, then listened to the Blankenship interview. My first impression was that the Obama Administration was run more like the USSR than I realized, and secondly, that this was a lot like Dave’s fantastic interview with Juanita Broaddrick, where we all learned the details that the media had seen fit to not report.

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    • June 2, 2019, at 4:13 PM PDT
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  14. KarenZiminski Lincoln

    Did not expect to like the guy, but I really like him.

    • #14
    • June 2, 2019, at 6:47 PM PDT
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  15. Annefy Member

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    I can’t believe I listened to the WHOLE thing. Wow. You just get better and better Dave.

    Long form is where it’s at. No time limit. 

    • #15
    • June 2, 2019, at 6:56 PM PDT
    • 3 likes