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The Exxon media blackout has been reported here at Daily Kos, notably here and here.

Not satisfied with trying to prevent any media coverage of the Mayflower spill, Exxon has successfully forced television stations to pull an ad critical of its policies.

The ad was set to air on Arkansas ABC, NBC, and Fox affiliates this week, but was pulled moments before airing by the stations when Exxon threatened legal action.

“Exxon is and will always be a bully,” said David Turnbull, Campaigns Director of Oil Change International. “Instead of engaging their critics appropriately, Exxon uses its billions to hire high-priced lawyers to make scary-sounding but unsupported legal claims to suppress criticism. It’s a window into how they have preserved billions in taxpayer handouts for their industry for so many years.”

Oil Change International,The Price of Oil

So, in addition to running its pipeline with flagrant disregard for the safety of Americans, in their own homes, behaving as a de facto arm of the government in imposing air space restrictions and threatening the members of the press with arrest for doing their jobs, it is now deciding what can be shown on television.

Exxon may have too much power.



Exxon Hates Your Children

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  •  Cons don't get irony. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Oh Mary Oh, sturunner, Cory Bantic, viral

    On the other hand, the direct dollar subsidies are hardly the point. It's what the industry doesn't pay for that's the problem: the natural resource that's depleted and not replaced; the environment that's contaminated and not cleaned; the culture of people moving around in cages that's the opposite of liberty.
    Also, "hate" is probably the wrong emotion to ascribe to them. Humans are, like any other resource, available to be exploited. Exploiting children is universally attractive because they can't fight back. Children can't organize and explore alternative ways of doing things. They have to wait until they grow up. But, when they do, they choose differently. Young adults today are buying fewer cars than they did in 1985. The millenials, having been reared in the suburbs are moving into the cities, opting for public transport, or shank's mare.

    The pretense of being an Exxon spokesperson is not nice, especially since it mimics the ads Exxon Mobil used to run with the engineer claiming "All it takes is the idea."

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 02:35:49 AM PDT

  •  The mining and use of Fossil fuel (1+ / 0-)
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    emmasnacker

    is destroying the planet. A new book out called Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point by Subhankar Banerjee presents many different authors who describe the Arctic, its inhabitants, and its destruction in progress being wrought by the oil companies.

  •  Exxon Executive: (0+ / 0-)

    "The truth! It burns, it BU-U-U-R-R-RN-N-S-S!"

    JP

    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 08:12:09 AM PDT

  •  If I were station manager I wouldn't air the ad (0+ / 0-)

    Somewhere in the world there is a non-profit foundation official called an 'environmental grants manager' sitting in their office that should be called 'totally irresponsible' over the fact that foundation trust funds went to some group to create the "Exxon Hates Your Children" campaign.

    What absolute garbage and drek this is.

    This is not a legitimate act of conservation stewardship and environmental advocacy.

    What this campaign is......is an obnoxious attempt to achieve synergy in the creation of hate speech combining elements of anti-science-misconduct with Glenn Beck-style paranoia.

    The Exxon Hates Your Children Campaign has no redeeming social value and is an attempt to create a voyeuristic form of hate pornography masquerading as environmental concern.

    What's next?   An anti-Exxon gas station Kristallnacht?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    •   And the Electronic Frontier Foundation (0+ / 0-)

      should be ashamed of itself, claiming that its defense campaign is for the right to air a "satirical" ad.    

      EFF calling this a "satirical" advertisement isn't a defensible description of the reality and statements made in video.   This is the very first thing that EFF has done that makes me question their judgement.   Giving this garbage video hate workproduct the designation of satire means EFF is blind to the hate speech content and affect of the video.

  •  Anyone who thinks that creating hate speech (0+ / 0-)

    is a valid approach to address any of our energy and environmental problems [or other social and political problems for that matter] deserves to lose their cause
    if hate-speech and hate-conduct is part of the vision statement.

  •  It is very important that a critical spontaneous (0+ / 0-)

    reaction NOT occur in which the "Exxon Hates Your Children" campaign  combines with the "Let's Make Daily Kos More Like Red State" faction sometimes seen in the area.

  •  In the Art of War of achieving progress on (0+ / 0-)

    energy and environmental matters.....

    ....if demonizing and fomenting hate against your opponent is the priority aim of your campaign, the principle purpose for which you spend your organization resources in advocacy, and your intrinsic declaration of what you deem to be the most important thing to be talking about.......

    .......then you have shot your advocacy campaign in the foot as your obsessive preoccupation in negative declaration directed at your opponent constitutes distraction from and obscuration of any positive declaration you make and.....

    .....telegraphs to the the world that you are either too lazy to develop a compelling and factual case for what you advocate when there is merit to your policy recommendation or......

    .....or in the alternative telegraphs to the world that your policy recommendations are non-meritorious or even harmful and should not be adopted.

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