Frontline Investigates BP's Internal Culture Of Wet Greed And Hot Fear

Frontline digs into the muck of BP’s corporate culture leading up to the biggest environmental disaster in American history in a new hard-hitting investigation. Through interviews with current and former employees and regulators and experts, Frontline probes the internal environment of wet greed and hot fear that spawned the oily monster ravaging the Gulf. Catch “The Spill” on Oct 26. Here’s a preview:


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  1. Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

    Of course it could have been prevented. Safety measures were bypassed, and that has already been discussed.

    • Ryan says:

      While safety devices were bypassed in the most recent accident, I expect to see the dysfunctions present at all levels of management at BP exposed. I also expect to see the diffuse management structure used by BP and other companies discredited. I also expect to see more on the unsound process of budgeting for facilities and projects with inflexible amounts that have either no increases year to year for the budget or in some years budget cuts of 25% in actual dollars.

      In the future, I also would like to see a large number of people with MBAs told to go back to school and/or told to find new work in a different field.

  2. caddisfly says:

    Damnit Frontline! You were supposed to be looking at the miners or that missing kid by now. Maybe a quarterback’s genitals. Why do you just HAVE to dwell on the past, dredging up all that oily muck.

  3. dolemite says:

    So…someone can send an inappropriate picture to a minor and get years upon years in prison, yet these guys can kill umpteen humans, billions of other organisms, and ruin countless miles of ocean and land, while ruining the livelihood of thousands of Americans due to negligence and…nada. Just some fines. Yet when it comes to campaign finance, the organization is considered a person. hmmm…

    • c!tizen says:

      Here’s one that’s even worse…

      http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2008/03/13/ldt.tucker.govt.guns.cnn

      This guy (former military) ends up in jail for a malfunction, but these businessmen can walk all over US citizens, lie, steal, and walk away with millions and face no punishment at all…

      I think since corporations can now be recognized as people, they should be recognized as children and the board of directors and top execs should be held responsible for their child’s actions, punishable by jail time, 6 or 7 figure company fines (with a clause that they can’t lay off personnel below a certain pay level or touch company assets for retirement and pension funds), full personal asset liquidations, and a good old fashion public ass-whoppin to top it off.

  4. blogger X says:

    Frontline is SOO effing awesome! Everything they do is made of pure win!

  5. barcodetattoo says:

    Frontline’s awesomeness is legendary, but has gained a chink. “The Spill”? Place palm to forehead here. What transpired in the Gulf (and subsequently affected so many livelihoods) was no mere spill. From the start of this event, things looked fishy, from the way it happened to the way it was “covered” by the media. Deepwater Horizon is a glimpse into corporate devil-may-care culture. To call this a spill is a slap in the face of those affected. Just goes to show that the soundbite media couldn’t put aside their buzzwords and give exposure to people in need.

  6. runswithscissors says:

    Having a “Cutlure of Fear” where employees are kept too afraid for their careers/jobs to speak the truth is a trend running RAMPANT in corporations today. I watch it happen day in and day out where I work and it causes massive problems with products and services and thus profits. But hey! at least our management aren’t having any uppity employees speaking up! Their authority is absolute, and that’s what really matters.

  7. smo0 says:

    Whatever happened to the whistleblowers?!?!?!?!