by Maryann Tobin
Political Spin Examiner
June 6, 2010
British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward
In their most tenacious effort to control the ‘spin’ on the worst
oil spill disaster in the history, BP has purchased top internet
search engine words so they can re-direct people away from real news
on the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.
BP spokesman Toby Odone confirmed to ABC News that the oil giant had
in fact bought internet search terms. So now when someone searches
the words ‘oil spill’, on the internet, the top link will re-direct
them to BP’s official company website.
would not be the first time that BP has tried to control
information to protect the company’s public image.
Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20, 2010, BP
executives quickly underestimated the size of the disastrous oil
spill. Some suggest
they did it to avoid costly EPA per-gallon spill
fines. The less oil spilled, the lower the fines.
A month into the spill, the public learned through independent
science, that the spill was in fact a million gallon a day gusher.
BP got caught in their own lie when the used a syphon pipe in one of
the broken riser pipes and proudly proclaimed that they were
capturing 5,000 barrels of oil a day. With the oil obviously still
gushing, they had to up their spill rate to explain the reported
discrepancy in their earlier estimates.
As the dead bodies of birds, turtles and dolphins began showing up
on land, BP used a private security company as their ‘oil spill
police’ to try to keep photographers and reporters away from the
true death toll from their spill.
Tides of black goo lapping a shore
lined in corpses did not portray the company image Tony Hayward and
his oil rich executives wanted.
BP can spend millions on advertising campaigns, and they can try to
misdirect people on the internet. But no matter how hard BP tries or
how much money they spend on public relations, they will never be
able to hide the
apocalypse unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. You
just can’t buy or smile your way out of a multi-billion gallon oil
The world is watching the Gulf of Mexico from airplanes, boats and
Sending people to the BP company website when they
click on the words ‘oil spill’ is not going to erase the horrors of
the Deepwater Horizon disaster, nor will the trickery of British