BP ‘reporter’ files report flying over Gulf, ‘forgets’ to mention oil spill below

Watch the video at the end, it’s amazing (in a bad way).

From the NYT blog DotEarth:

A Facebook friend, Kristin Aldred Cheek, pointed me to a pretty wild bit of faux journalism recently concocted by BP as part of its public relations efforts related to the gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. On his blog, a BP “reporter,” Tom Seslar, describes a two-hour helicopter flight over the gulf with a team charting oil patches.

He somehow finds space in his post to describe the scope and vital importance of the oil industry and the beauty of the coastal marshes. He fits in a plug for the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival scheduled for early September in Morgan, La., and includes the festival’s promotional line describing “the unique way in which these two seemingly different industries work hand-in-hand culturally and environmentally” — with no hint of the deep irony, of course.

But he doesn’t include a single line describing the spreading gulf slicks that the flight is supposed to chart.

Rachel Maddow took the audio from the “reporters” video he produced, and added some images of her own. Watch this.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=12826688&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

BP Press Release Theatre: Flying Higher from The Rachel Maddow Show on Vimeo.


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