Shep Smith Tells BP CEO to Act Like He Cares About the Gulf Oil Spill

Even Shep Smith is outraged at BP

On Fox News yesterday, Shepard Smith unloaded on BP CEO Tony Heyward who called the Gulf Oil spill a small leak. In a commentary Smith said to Heyward, “Our water is now polluted, our coast is now soiled…many of our people are out of a job, and 11 hard working men are dead from the explosion on the rig that carried your company’s name….at least act like you care.”

Here is the video:

Smith pointed out that Tony Heyward has refused to appear on his show, and that the BP CEO has called the leak a small spill, and called the lawsuits against BP frivolous. Smith said, “Mr. Heyward, your company is responsible for what may become the worst ecological disaster in American history, and you speak of it in these terms? Billions upon billions of dollars in damage already and you cast us aside as litigious, and act as if what’s happening in the Gulf is no big deal, relatively speaking. Mr. Heyward, that Gulf is a source of life for millions upon millions of people and plants and other creatures on this earth. Jobs are lost. Beaches and birds are tarred. Fisheries are closed. Tourists are canceling. Economies are threatened, and people from Florida to Texas are concerned for their very livelihoods, and you speak of comparative volume.”

He continued, “Mr. Heyward, British Petroleum has caused the proud people of the Gulf region great pain. If you think you statements on this subject are helping your company’s cause, you are wrong, and if you think the people of the gulf region and the rest of America will take lying down without a fight a poorly handled aftermath of what your company has done to our gulf and our people, you are horribly mistaken. Our water is now polluted. Our coast is now soiled. Our fish and our turtles and our shrimp and our oysters are now harmed. Many of our people are now out of a job, and 11 hard working men are dead from the explosion on the rig that carried your company’s name. Remember that, Mr. Heyward? We do. On your watch, these are extremely difficult times for us litigious Americans. At least act like you care.”

It should be noted that Shep is from Mississippi, so he feels passionately about part his home region being destroyed by corporate greed and possibly criminal neglect. The problem is that BP could care less. This spill and the clean up, along with the 11 wrongful death lawsuits that they will likely settle out of court, is the cost of doing business. Whatever they will pay for the cleanup is nothing compared to their profits.

This is why we not only need to up the liability damages cap, but I think Congress should consider removing it. Yes, I can hear the howls about frivolous lawsuits already, but the adjective frivolous is a very subjective term. If I lost my livelihood due to corporate malfeasance, I would not think that my lawsuit was frivolous. I don’t have much hope for regulating a solution because corporate America has become entwined with the political process through campaign contributions. Remember that today’s regulations will be tomorrow’s lobbying campaign during an election year.

The only thing that corporate America understands is the bottom line. This is where they must be made to hurt. The United States needs to make it cost prohibitive for corporate giants to engage in behavior like BP’s. They to make safety a smart business move, because only then will these criminals learn. Right now, their crime pays, so we must make sure that in the future, crime does not pay.

20 Replies to “Shep Smith Tells BP CEO to Act Like He Cares About the Gulf Oil Spill”

  1. Wow! Wonder how long Shep will be at Fox, just sayin’…they are not known for FACTS and TRUTH!

  2. @crystalwolf aka caligrl, Shep is part of one of my favorite parts of the site. Occasionally when he flares up, I get to go on the Shep Smith Fox News Career Death Watch. :) I don’t think that they will ever fire him. He represents one of the few shreds of occasional credibility that they have.

  3. What is this the fifth time this year he gone all liberal on Fox I bet the next one snaps the match and he ends up at MSNBC.

  4. IF they are allowed to hurt on the bottom line, that would be free market philosophy that the Republicans (Drill baby drill) pretend to tout.

    I don’t see it happening. Republicans will find a way to protect the oil companies- they will accuse Obama of socializing oil if he dares to try to regulate it (or rather, let’s congress do their job but the Republicans don;t know or care how govt works). Of course, they are the ones socializing the too big to fail corporations.

    BP can pull themselves up by their bootstraps the way Katrina victims had to.

  5. Shepard Smith is the only decent and legitimate journalist on Fox news. It’s great that he had the courage and passion to speak up against the mighty oil giant BP. No one hardly talks about the brave men who lost their lives. I saw pictures of who they were for the first time since the explosion yesterday on MSNBC. They had lives. They had families. It’s time for the oil companies along with the rest of these huge corporations to be held accountable for the hardworking people who serve them. Yesterday the senate proposed legislation that would hold the oil companies completely responsible for disasters of this nature and the GOP voted on behalf of the oil company and not the people. They did the same for the bill on financial reform to regulate the financial industry. Listen up America, there’s a reason these corrupt and deadly disasters are finally being exposed to the world at the cost of billions of dollars and actual peoples lives. And remember the GOP always sides with the corporation that’s hiding most of it’s profits off shore. So when something like this happens, the bulk of the burden would go to the taxpayer. I don’t think Obama is going to let that happen this time.

  6. @Oldsun,

    I don’t see Shep as “gone all liberal”. I think this is a very human reaction to someone who has put down his home state, country, and his fellow Americans. Even conservatives have real feelings.

  7. Another point to think about is that Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that gives corporations unlimited caps on campaign donations to politicians.

  8. @,
    Well said. And standing up for the environment and people against a big corporation is a liberal position, not a conservative one. Certainly not a position that Fox advocates.

    But then, their viewers just can’t see how they are being used as tools of the corporations.

  9. @F Joy,

    Right. And Kagan was not for this…hence we can see the great objection to her from Republicans in a different light.

    But standing up to corporations now (post Supreme Court ruling) could very well cost a politician his position. What a mess.

  10. What??? Fox news trying to resemble human beings? I would think fox would be on the side of BP…. something is wrong here. What happened to drill baby drill?

  11. I think we should plug the leak with Cheney and Rove. Just stuff their bodies into the hole….nice and tight.

  12. Fox news commentators are going to make a show that they care about the oil spill
    But that’s about it
    When Democrats tried to push a bill that would increase the oil company liability cap from 75 million to 10 billion…the Republicans voted it down.
    Which goes to show how effective campaign contributions by corporations can distort American politicians.
    Imagine…voting against a bill that would make the oil companies pay for the damage they create.

  13. @norris hall,

    We can’t have the Republicans voting their platform of free market fiscal conservatism; such a radical departure from their previous attempts to distance themselves from their own values would truly send the party into disarray.

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