Nonetheless, an analysis by Martha M. Hamilton posted on the CJR Web site on April 14 found several flaws with a May 3, 2009, segment (critiqued by the Business & Media Institute on May 4, 2009). According to Hamilton, the report aired by correspondent Scott Pelley on a case that involves at much as $27 billion lacked a thorough look at various aspects.
“The imagery is clear in the 60 Minutes segment that aired May 3, 2009,” Hamilton wrote. “The problem is the facts aren’t. There is no way to tell watching and listening to 60 Minutes production ‘Amazon Crude’ where or whose responsibility most of the apparently polluted sites are. Although the segment mentions that Texaco left the area in 1992, scant attention is focused on state-owned Petroecuador, which has been the sole operator of former Texaco sites for the past twenty years.”