“Exxon Hates Your Children” Ad Spiked in Arkansas, Site of Mayflower Pipeline Spill

I know that this isn’t a local story (except to the extent that we’re part of the globe affected by this global story), but anytime a powerful corporation uses threats of legal action to prevent a satirical ad funded by a large number of small citizen donors from airing on television stations, I think that there’s a pretty clear moral imperative for anyone with access to the media: show more people the ad.

So, Exxon, sponsor of the pipeline spill covering parts of Mayflower, Arkansas in oily diluted tar sands muck, here ya go!

As reported in Daily Kos:

The ExxonHatesYourChildren coalition of three progressive groups created the following ad as part of its satirical campaign against the biggest company in the world. It was supposed to be broadcast on ABC, NBC and Fox affiliates this week in Little Rock, Arkansas. But the ad was pulled moments before airing by the stations when Exxon threatened legal action.

Exxon’s cease and desist letter says the ad is factually wrong, makes a big deal of all the programs it sponsors for young people and its investments in energy efficiency. It claims Exxon agrees that global warming is occurring because of greenhouse gas emissions. But it doesn’t comment on the tens of millions Exxon has spent creating propaganda and making smears of climate scientists and environmental advocates over two decades.

Here is the coalition’s response.

“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.”

Share this is you want to make Exxon sorry that they bigfooted in the very state where they’ve tried to prevent the media from reporting on their oil spill.

Source: http://leaksource.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/thank-you-exxon-mayflower-arkansas-new-oil-lake/

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About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)