We've heard about the efforts to bar photographs of the dead and dying wildlife from getting out to the media in an effort to "control the message" that gets out, no doubt because they don't want people more outraged than they already are.
We've also heard about their efforts to keep people from viewing the spill from the air as well as on the ground by refusing to allow flights if they learn that photographers are on board. The FFA denies this is the case but has admitted to restrictions over the airspace and when people call for permission they are denied access routinely unless accompanied by either someone from BP or the Coast Guard.
Now we've learned something new.
BP Buys 'Oil' Search Terms to Redirect Users to Official Company Website
BP continues to try and control their image which seems to be more important to them than in actually working on cleaning up the disaster they have created and compensating the people whose lives have been destroyed by BP's greed.
BP, the very company responsible for the oil spill that is already the worst in U.S. history, has purchased several phrases on search engines such as Google and Yahoo so that the first result that shows up directs information seekers to the company's official website.
A simple Google search of "oil spill" turns up several thousand news results, but the first link, highlighted at the very top of the page, is from BP. "Learn more about how BP is helping," the link's tagline reads.
A spokesman for the company confirmed to ABC News that it had, in fact, bought these search terms to make information on the spill more accessible to the public.
This company doesn't seem to grasp the idea that all they are doing is pissing more people off by these tactic's designed to control the message that gets out rather than working towards fixing the problems they have created.
Has no one told them that if they put as much effort into cleaning up the mess as they do trying to control their 'image' they might have gotten a better response from the people?