BP Underestimates the Power of New Media While it Attempts a Press Lockdown

There have been many stories about BP's attempted cover-ups about the severity of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. Mother Jones reporters have done some good reporting about what journalists are dealing with at ground zero of this disaster. Mother Jones posted an article today, for instance, entitled "BP's 10 Biggest Screw-Ups".

Some insightful reports have managed to surface, while many mainstream news organizations have taken the easy way out, spending a great deal of time simply speculating what BP and the government's next steps will be. Independent news provider Democracy Now ! covered the oil spill this morning, getting first hand accounts from the residents of southern Louisiana.

According to the report, fisherman who work on the cleanup sign confidentiality agreements that bar them from speaking to the news media. What BP is forgetting is that in this day and age putting a cap on this story will be at least as difficult as stopping the spill. If people want to know the truth, there are endless avenues for the truth to be exposed, the Internet being the marquis example of this.

For example, there have been senators who just in the last week or two have apparently lied about military service. Today their was a report that Arizona Governor Jane Brewer wrongly claimed that her father died fighting Nazi Germany. Recently Mark Kirk and Richard Blumenthal have both been caught in lies regarding military service. As Bill Maher puts it in the below video, the internet allows the public to hear from the other side-"inconveniently called reality",  bad news for corporations and government officials who are managing PR initiatives rather than focusing on the REAL crisis.


"BP's Oil Slick Logo" by Flickr user Noah Scalin under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 Generic


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Why Tony Hayward should disembowel himslef with a sushi knife

If BP CEO Tony Hayward had any sense of decency, he wouldn't be whining about "getting his life back" (see http://ow.ly/1Ug7I) after ending his failed tenure as Polluter in Chief at British Petroleum. Instead, he should simply kill himself. It is time for Mr. Hayward to take a cue from the japanese and honor the tradition of seppuku, otherwise known as "suicide." Mr. Hayward, being a Brit, might think of this as the "coward's way out," but inreality there is nothingmore cowardly or craven than saying you want your "life back" after destroying so many lives - including the lives of the eleven crew members of the Deepwater Horizon - but Mr. Hayward has such a vulgar disregard for the peasants who gave their lives up fighting to preserve his property that his only reaction is "Oh Goodie goodie! I get my life back." Well Rooty Toot, Mr. Hayward. If you were Japanese you might possess the dignity and self-loathing required to do the right thing and commit seppuku. Or, if you value your own life so much, perhaps you could spend your considerable fortune (including your golden parachute) helping those whose lives you have ruined. But you won't, because you want your "life back." How special. How terribly noble of you. And how brave. Few could bounce back from such a terrible *personal* tragedy with such a fearless lack of integrity or compassion. As for the suggestion of killing yourself with a Sushi Knife? It's just a thought. Once your oil slick spreads across the entire globe, there should be plenty of unused sushi knives available.

I'd like to retract my harsh comments about Tony Hayward, BP CEO

I want to apologize to the New Media Rights community for suggesting that Tony hayward, CEO of British Petroleum, should kill himself with a sushi knife. After reading my comments carefully, I realize that I wasn't being nearly harsh enough. Quite frankly, death by disembowelment is too easy, too quick. Also, people in the Gulf really don't eat sushi or sashimi, but they do love their shrimp. A far better death would be for him to stab himself in each eyeball with a pair of shrimp forks until he bleeds out ... slowly. If he is still alive after the spectacle gets boring (i.e. 24 hours or more), he should be hurled overboard into his own oil slick and set on fire. That way Mr. Hayward will learn for himself how his employeees felt during their last few minutes. Good times.


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