I’m not talking about containing the huge, rapidly expanding oil slick that is going to do severe damage to the fishery at the mouth of the Mississippi River. I’m talking about the backlash against BP.
Heck, there isn’t even a backlash, if you look at the media coverage, I would swear that this spill was by Exxon. Don’t believe me? Check out the front page of The Drudge Report:
See any mention of BP who operated the rig that caught fire, burned and is spilling oil? Or TransOcean LTD that owns it? Think that’s an isolated example? Check out the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Take a look at that article. Exxon is mention in the third paragraph. Do you see mention of BP? They are mentioned, along with TransOcean, three paragraphs later. Online this is below the first screen, and in print, it was on the next page jump. In other words, WHERE NO ONE READS IT!
My question here is why? Why is Exxon being pilloried again? Want to string someone up? Get BP on the gallows, but leave Exxon out of this one.
PS – thanks to Holland for the kick to write this post