Our Changing Climate: The New York Times is in the oil business.

November 29, 2020

In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I look at how The New York Times is in the oil business. Specifically, the video focuses on fossil fuel advertising in The New York Times in order to understand how The New York Times has aided companies like Exxon, Chevron, Mobil, and BP in reaching readers and viewers with their advertisements. The New York Times has allowed the oil and gas company Mobil and then later ExxonMobil to run countless advertorials in their opinion pages that look very similar to opinion pieces. Now, ExxonMobil and Chevron employ the New York Times through the Times’ brand studio to create ads and advertising materials. The advertisements themselves are blatant greenwashing. One NY Times creation for ExxonMobil greenwashes them as a clean energy innovator when they so clearly not. This combination of fossil fuel companies and journalism could be a dangerous duo for climate change and climate action.



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