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Wednesday, November 10, 2010 8:36 pm

Just die already, Washington Post edition (redux)

Filed under: Journalism — Lex @ 8:36 pm
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Anne Laurie catches the Post dutifully whoring for our plutonomic corporate overlords:

The chief counsel for the president’s oil spill commission said Monday that concerns about money didn’t drive key decisions made on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig before the April 20 blowout that caused a massive oil spill and killed 11 people.

The conclusion is good news for BP, which has been widely criticized for letting concerns about the roughly $1.5 million a day cost of the drilling rig affect choices that might have prevented the blowout.

“To date, we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety,” said Fred Bartlit, general counsel for the National Commission on the BPDeepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

He added that he didn’t believe that rig workers “want to risk their lives or the lives of their buddies.” He said: “I’ve been on a lot of rigs, and I don’t believe people sit there and say, ‘This is really dangerous, but the guys in London will make more money.’ We don’t see a concrete situation where people made a trade-off of safety for dollars.”

Laurie calls it “three-card monte,” and, indeed, the misdirection is a sight to behold. We (including government inspectors) have been talking about senior management and company policies, and yet somehow the Post manages to make it all about the roughnecks on the rigs and their immediate supervisors:

The story is no longer: BP corporate policy was to cut corners wherever possible in order to improve the profits available to the executives in the corner office, a policy that eventually led to the deaths of 19 workers and an enormous environmental disaster.

The new, improved, plutonomy-friendly story is: It would be cruel and unproductive to blame well-intentioned middle managers and hard-working rig employees of deliberately making decisions that would kill their fellows and negatively affect the company’s bottom line.

This is why the ‘Kaplan Daily’ is still publishing. In the days of a dying empire, the strategic skills—and strong stomach—required to re-write current events to better serve the Narrative preferred by the ruling class are a very, very valuable asset.

Yup. The one redeeming factor is that when the Post’s financial breakdown  finally leads  corporate parent Kaplan to usher its newsroom denizens onto the street (yet again), these culprits, like Winston Smith, will never have seen it coming.




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