Mining for misinformation in the Gulf


Gavin Gibbons

Published on
July 8, 2010

Profiting off of tragedy or at least attempting to is a theme we’ve seen before with the Gulf oil spill. Call it cashing in on a crisis, call it profiteering, call it whatever you want, but it’s going on and it’s not just the big name regulars we see in this genre these days.

Now we’re seeing folks like this blogger who describes himself as an Industrial Disaster Threat Forecaster (say that 3 times fast) who’s hocking his services alongside claims that oysters from the Gulf have been found to leak oil onto dinner plates and that Red Lobster took contaminated shrimp off its menu.


No commercially harvested Gulf oysters are leaking oil onto dinner plates and Red Lobster absolutely did not pull contaminated shrimp off its menu—wrong on both counts.

But what’s accuracy when you’re trying to make a buck off tragedy—right?

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