Journalist criticizes PBS Frontline report on BP

Posted by Christine, October 29, 2010

The Petroleum Broadcasting System owes us an apology, says investigative reporter Greg Palast, for its late and incomplete reporting on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. He points out that BP rival Chevron funds PBS and programs such as Frontline, which aired a report this week, The Spill,

The report targeted BP’s ‘management culture,’  comparing it unfavorably to other oil companies Shell, Conoco-Phillips and ExxonMobil.

Palast writes:  “The danger to our waters, the danger to oil workers’ lives, is not BP’s management culture, but the industry’s profits-over-people greed gone wild.

“Why am I picking on poor little PBS?  I’ll be the first to tell you they are the best you’re going to get on the US boob tube.  And PBS has spared us embarrassing scenes of Anderson Cooper pretending to save an oily pelican while floating in a canoe with Bobby Jindal.

“Tonight, in a deep, serious voice, the PBS narrator intoned, If BP had paid attention to the warnings of experts and regulators, the Deepwater Horizon tragedy could have been prevented.

“Damn right. And if PBS had paid attention to the oil story, maybe that too could have prevented the tragedy.”