Digby goes on to articluate how skillfully BP has disseminated their clouds of rhetorical dispersant in equal quantities with the toxic they have profligately spread on the troubled waters to avoid the appearance of the toxic shock that overtook folks in the wake of the Exxon Valdez.
If You Can't See it, It Isn't Happening
I had been wondering about this. It's seemed as though the Gulf spill wasn't getting the kind of coverage it merits, but I didn't know if it was just me. Apparently not:
A few comments. The Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 obviously got an enormous amount of coverage, but it's striking that even incidents like the 1978 Amoco Cadiz accident off the coast of France got far more coverage than the current BP spill. (Brulle focused on nightly network coverage because, he points out, that's still the biggest driver of public opinion in the country—after all, only a very small subset of people read the Times.)
The reporter,Brad Plumer, notes that some of this is because the pictures aren't there -- not enough dead birds and fish to make people understand how huge this is. I'm sure that's part of it. And it isn't an accident.
Mission accomplished! They may not get it fixed, but you'll never know how bad it is.