Originally, The Amazon Post masqueraded as an impartial information source, purporting to tell the truth about Chevron's genocide in Ecuador. Anybody searching the Web might find themselves reading The Amazon Post, and it would only be when they got to the bottom of the page that they might happen to notice the fine print stating that the site represented the views of Chevron employees.
More recently, the phrase "Chevron's views and opinions on the Ecuador lawsuit" has appeared at the top of the page. I can only assume that the site's original, more deceptive configuration did not test well with focus groups.
Anyway, I just popped over to The Amazon Post to make sure I was getting its URL right so that I could link to it here. I hadn't meant to actually read any of their disingenuous content, but the following shameful blog post immediately jumped right out at me:
Amazon Defense Front Exploits Ecuadorian Hardship in Gulf Publicity Stunt
Chevron's blogger writes,
"A recent delegation led by the Amazon Defense Front traveled to Louisiana in attempt to draw a parallel between a lawsuit backed by U.S. trial lawyers against Chevron and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
There is no question that the people of Oriente face difficulties. However, there is no valid comparison with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the trial that is currently taking place in Ecuador. It is disappointing that the Amazon Defense Front (the named financial beneficiary in the Ecuador trial) and its supporters would take advantage of the people of the Gulf and their tragedy in an attempt to legitimize their fraudulent lawsuit against Chevron..."
And that's just the first two paragraphs. To see a major American corporation engaging in such a blatant and extreme distortion of the truth is truly chilling. This reality-distorting spin reminds me of exactly the type of galling dishonesty exhibited by shills for the Chinese government when they're trying to justify their continued occupation of Tibet.
It reminds me of the propaganda employed by the National Socialists against the Jews in the years leading up to World War II.
For the truth regarding the Ecuadorian mission to Louisiana, please refer to my previous blog entry, or get the straight dope from a real unbiased news source (Public Radio International) right here:
Ecuadorians Share Lessons for Battling Oil Companies with Louisiana Tribes
This is a photo a friend of mine took during a recent visit to Ecuador. Seen here is a caregiver walking on the grounds of an orphanage with one of the countless children whose parents have died as a direct result of Texaco/Chevron's poisoning of the Ecuadorian rain forest:
This is who Chevron is calling a liar.
Photo credit: Mary "Grassroots Girl" B.