BP serving free lemonade in the French Quarter…

So, I saw another BP commercial the other day, and it seemed a bit…disingenuous. I mean, we all want the Gulf to be okay. We do. It’s our finest hope that lives so rudely interrupted by BP’s catastraphuk can get back to normal…but these advertisements, the ones that make it look like maybe the oil spill was the best thing that could’ve happened to the … Continue reading BP serving free lemonade in the French Quarter…

Reason #183 BP’s cleanup was about PR from the very beginning…

Can’t you just imagine BP’s control room after the oil gushing into the Gulf  hit mainstream news worldwide? Bunch of sweaty suits and PR flacks sitting around, not concerned about the truth per se, but more about how to spin what couldn’t be denied, that the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast were about to be really screwed, and for a long time… Oil … Continue reading Reason #183 BP’s cleanup was about PR from the very beginning…

An Audition: British Petroleum’s Public Relations Department

By now many of us have read of British Petroleum’s increased ad spending in the months following the April 20th Deepwater Horizon Explosion. Rep. Kathy Castor was especially upset by this, saying “BP is overdoing it, it’s really making people angry. Every day you get up and see these full-page ads in every newspaper and the TV ads…while BP’s advertising campaign ramped up, businesses and the … Continue reading An Audition: British Petroleum’s Public Relations Department

The Convenience of the Government’s Numbers

The marshes and wetlands along the Gulf are still covered in crude. Surprised? Don’t blame you with all of the information that has been coming from British Petroleum, the federal government and the mainstream media outlets, but In Pass-A-Loutre, Louisiana, oil still clings stubbornly to marsh cane, and each day’s high tide picks up the goo and leaks it back into the ocean “I’m losing … Continue reading The Convenience of the Government’s Numbers

What’s funnier? BP Parody Video or Bob Dudley’s Reaction to Watching It?

Bob Dudley, new head of British Petroleum’s public relations department gets interviewed for the PBS news hour, and is shown the parody video of BP’s oil spill response: a coffee cup spilled at a board meeting, and after being informed the clip has been watched over 8 million times…is invited to respond. Watch the video, and then watch his response to it: Bob states “People at BP … Continue reading What’s funnier? BP Parody Video or Bob Dudley’s Reaction to Watching It?