Does Exxon control the Mayflower oil spill coverage?

It is during crises, like Exxon Mobil‘s Mayflower oil spill disaster, that press freedom matters most and we can really judge whether the media are doing their job. As critics have pointed out from the beginning, many media outlets have effectively let Exxon dictate their coverage. As Arkansas Blog now reports, Little Rock TV stations have gone a step further in their submission to the corporate giant: Under pressure from Exxon, Arkansas ABC, NBC, and Fox affiliates have declined to air a paid advertisement (view on youtube) critical of Exxon. Exxon – get this – has threatened legal action against the stations. Exxon executives, who should probably be on trial for criminal negligence, are dictating what can and cannot be said in public about them in Arkansas. That is the extent of press freedom and freedom of speech in this state.

“Amidst reports of media intimidation at the site of the Mayflower, Arkansas tar sands oil spill, ExxonMobil has now taken to bullying local Little Rock television stations into canceling the airing of a satirical but cutting advertisement critical of their business practices… The move by Exxon marks the latest in a series of reported strong-arm tactics undertaken by Exxon to censor reporting in the days following the Mayflower tar sands oil spill.” (Statement from the ad organizers)


4 thoughts on “Does Exxon control the Mayflower oil spill coverage?

  1. I think we misunderstand our society. Perhaps I don’t want to understand it. What I see: MONEY controls everything and CORPORATIONS who have the $$$$ run the government. Obama can’t really do anything. It is the SYSTEM. Exxon has a lot of money to buy ads or not, to buy state reps, to influence residents. Actually, to frighten people. EXXon will never let the press report the truth nor will it clean up its mess. We Tree-Huggers have to keep going and get change done. We have to keep going even if we don’t get change.

    • Exactly, which is why I don’t get the average Republican thinking the Liberals are the problem? Oh yeah, they listen to Fox News.

  2. Exxon most definitely is controlling the information around this spill in Mayflower, AR. I live in AR and watched the media stop reporting on fracking being related to the earthquakes, now they just mention earthquakes and lo and behold, a whole lot of ads from the natural gas industry. Of course they control the media. Otherwise, why pay the local police to keep the media out and why a no fly zone? Who do they think they are that they can impose a no fly zone? What happened to the people’s right to know” Our mainstream media is completely bought and paid for just like our politicians.

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