Palin’s Exxon Valdez account draws guffaws

November 18, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sarah Palin’s new memoir, “Going Rogue,” already has been strongly criticized by John McCain’s aides for her account as a vice presidential candidate on the ticket with him in their unsuccessful 2008 race for the White House.

Now, add Alaskan experts who were involved in the case over the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster saying her account over her role in the litigation is distorted for a number of reasons.

EXXON OIL SPILLIn the book, Palin claims to have helped the fishermen, Alaska Natives and other individuals suing Exxon over spill damages prevail in their legal case.

“It took years for Alaska to achieve victory. As governor, I directed our attorney general to write an amicus brief in the case, and, thanks to Alaska’s able attorneys arguing in front of the highest court in the land, in 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the people,” she writes in her book. “Finally, Alaskans could recover some of their losses.”

But Palin’s claims of victory for the plaintiffs and of playing a role in achieving that victory are highly distorted, said the chief attorney for the approximately 32,000 plaintiffs that sued Exxon over damages from the worst oil-tanker spill in U.S. waters.

“That is the most cockamamie bullshit,” said Dave Oesting of Anchorage, lead plaintiff attorney in the private litigants’ civil case against Exxon and its successor, Exxon Mobil Corp. “She didn’t have a damn thing to do with it, and she didn’t know what it was about.”

While the Supreme Court in its June 25, 2008 decision did uphold the right of the plaintiffs to receive some punitive damages, it slashed the award dramatically. The Supreme Court ordered that punitive damages be no more than $507.5 million, down from the $2.5 billion ordered by a U.S. appeals court and the jury’s original verdict of $5 billion.

While the plaintiffs did manage to salvage some punitive damages, the result was hardly a win, said Riki Ott, a scientist, environmental activist and longtime commercial fisherman from the Prince William Sound town of Cordova.

“It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace to the legal system. It’s a disgrace to intellectual honesty to call 10 cents on the dollar a win for Alaskans,” said Ott, who has written a book about the spill and the failure of the justice system to address it.

At the time of the Supreme Court ruling, even Palin described it as a bitter disappointment to Alaskans rather than a victory. In an interview with Reuters, she said the state will tighten its oversight of the oil industry in response. “Exxon will know that we’re very disappointed in this ruling,” she said then.

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Mike Blake (workers clean up from the Exxon spill.)


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Surprise! Palin bold-faced lied again, despite the massive evidence available to prove she’s lying. And her supporters don’t care. It’s good to know people are at least calling her out. Maybe, eventually, it will make her go away.

Posted by Icarus | Report as abusive

I think Joe Wilson said it best. “You lie!!!!”

Posted by opeluboy | Report as abusive

As one of those fishermen she says she helped, I say she hurt our cause if she did anything at all…….and lieing about something so easy to research, she showed her incompetance to represent even half a million people let alone a third of a billion ……… anti-spam word was TOAST, which is just what sarah is.

Posted by John Bear | Report as abusive

[...] account of Exxon Valdez settlement "the most cockamamie ********" Front Row Washington

Why does this woman get any time in the spot light? She knows nothing and is not fit for office. At least not the highest office in the land.

She’s George Bush Jr in a dress. But she’s not as smart as he is. Though I’m sure that for all of my confusion she’ll get elected somewhere important enough to cause more suffering.

No wonder this world is in such a mess. Our so-called “leaders” don`t even have to be afraid of lying directly to the Media: not just Palin but Sarcozy, Berlusconi and tons of others do this and nobody cares. Somebody writes an article but that`s it, really. They get elected again. I bet Sarah Palin will become the first woman in the White House and then my kids have to learn about her in school (what a great leader blabla…)

But really the worst are all the people around the world that actually vote fro them.

Really don`t get it.

Posted by UDO3000 | Report as abusive

The Associated Press have delegated 11 journalists to fact check her book,why? when there was never the same scrutiny on other books from leading liberals.Remember Al Gore stating that he invented the internet!and VP Joe Biden coming out with an exaggeration every other sentence!But guess what?people are watching how with the help of Hollywood that these progressives are trying to destroy this Lady and it is being noticed!So carry on, as people are now making decisions as to who they reality identify them selves with,this is a center to right based political country and there will be a price to pay against this attempted character assassinations, America ALWAYS sides with the under dog!

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Brian Lee, I didn’t see anywhere in your statement you saying Sarah Palin wasn’t lying and that the plaintiff attorney wasn’t correct.

Guys when people with nothing to gain and no political siding are talking about how blatant her lying is, maybe you should start listening.

Or Brian would you say that plaintiff attorney is just a member of the liberal media out to destroy Sarah?

Posted by Michael Ham | Report as abusive

There are many kinds of truth. There are truths based on facts, truths based on faith, and truths based on something that sounds as if it should be true, even if it isn’t. Then there’s the kind of truth That comes from Sarah Palin – stories and concepts that become truths simply because she states them. She’s a lot like our Lord and Savior, Glen Beck, in that respect.
Sometimes, she states truths that would be considered ludicrous if uttered by someone else. Her claim that the McCain campaign forced her to spend $150,000 in RNC funds to dress her family in designer clothes is one example of that. Although it might be easier to believe that she acted like a trailer park Zsa Zsa who’d found a credit card left behind at a possum feed, she blames McCain staffers. That’s good enough for us, because we have faith; we want to believe her truths. St. Sarah, patron saint of the alternative truth!

Posted by Glenn Beck's Appendix | Report as abusive

Not sure, but as far as i can tell, Sarah Palin holds no office in the U.S. Why are you all so afraid of her? You should be fearing that parasite in the White House, and all of the parasites called senators and congressmen, and that most inept of buffoons, Atty. Gen. Holder. Joe Biden is harmless. No one is concerned about a clown. Obama and Holder? Those are serious tyrants, and you better fear them. They are dismantling your culture to replace it with their own Cuba. And all the while, smiling while we worry about Palin. No wonder America is doomed. We worship parasite leeches and quibble about a woman with five kids and a husband.
“Vhat a kuntry”. They are taking your guns so you can’t defend yourself against their tyranical oppression, and forcing Obamalossireid Care down your throats. Politics.
Poly, meaning many. Tic, a blood sucking parasite. And you’re worried about a woman selling her book.

Posted by alan | Report as abusive

Alan, does your tinfoil hat make your scalp itchy?

Posted by brad | Report as abusive

Alan, they’re taking your guns? Really, brother? Who’s taking your guns, and how?

Straight up deluded paranoid fantasy. THIS tells you what you need to know about Republicans in 2009. They don’t like reality, so they invent their own. They want to be persecuted, even when they’re not. They want their political enemies to be Communists, because life was so much simpler when they had an enemy to hate. They’re like two year old children who haven’t yet figured out that they’re not the only beings in the universe: It’s all about what THEY want, reality be damned.

Alan, come on, man! The “evil Democrats” aren’t trying to take our guns! They wouldn’t stand a chance in 2012 if they even made a move in that direction. And Sarah Palin is NOT an advocate for the little guy – she’s out for herself and herself only. If you can’t see that, I just hope and pray that you figure it out at some point.

Posted by trevor | Report as abusive

Alan, run, don’t walk, to the nearest shrink’s office. You are suffering from some major paranoia!

Posted by Amazed | Report as abusive

Alan, on what planet do you spend most of your time?

Posted by akr | Report as abusive


“They are taking your guns so you can’t defend yourself against their tyranical oppression”

Name one person who’s had their “gun taken away.”

Congress just passed legislation allowing hand guns on Amtrak.

Posted by NattyB | Report as abusive

It’s about time for a Palin palate-cleanser, don’tcha think? Here you go: wQ.

Posted by ste4ve | Report as abusive

Miss Quitty fish is a National joke. And thank god she decided to write all of her lies down, permanently, so we can all know the vile ignorance that is Sarah Palin.

Posted by THINK | Report as abusive

[...] Yet another passage from Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” has been called into question. This time it’s her account of the lawsuit against Exxon over the 1989 Valdez disaster. Alaskan experts who were involved in the case say that she’s distorted her role. [...]


Yep the feds came and took away my collection of anti-tank weapons, billion round a minute assault rifles and grenades but they did leave with my nukes.

Alan, you’re an epic paranoid delusional idiot and you make me fear for this country.

I suppose your fear of Obama and Holder has nothing to do with the fact they’re both -eeeeeek! OMG! – black. Say it ain’t so.

Posted by sama | Report as abusive


“The Associated Press have delegated 11 journalists to fact check her book,why?”

Because it takes that many to investigate the huge number of lies she has told in her “book”, (if by book you mean the long, protracted, series of lies, accusations and excuses Palin employs to rationalize how completely and thoroughly she was rejected by a majority of Americans, and how it wasn’t her fault).

“Remember Al Gore stating that he invented the internet!”

I know you wingers can’t stand to see smart people do smart things – it makes your head hurt – but what Gore actually said was true. He never actually claimed to have invented the internet, but he did say, correctly, that he was responsible for what is today the internet. And that was true. He took what was a strictly military application and put legislation through Congress that turned that military application into what we now know as the internet. And he did it to help the country, and to help make government more transparent. I’d say, do your research, but, looking at your other accusations, that may be beyond your capabilities. The man who did invent the internet tried for years to give Gore the credit he deserved and said we woulod not have the internet today if Gore had not taken the action he took.

Facts are so inconveniently liberal, aren’t they?

“VP Joe Biden coming out with an exaggeration every other sentence!”

You obviously had nothing here to say but you had to be hateful. But, this is the best you could do? Biden exaggerates? Really? That’s your best shot? Palin is going around claiming that handicapped children will be put to death by Obama’s mythical death panels and you defend her but say Biden exaggerates?

You have no credibility. You deserve Palin – fortunately, the rest of us know better and our votes reflected that.

Palin is a good looking woman, but her heart is not attractive. She is a meanspirited liar with a massive ego and a thoroughly undeserved sense of entitlement.

And she’s a quitter.

Posted by ral1329 | Report as abusive

ral1329,sorry she is like the rest of us conservatives we are not going away, we are not quitters!and because of the mediocre quality of this present bunch of democrats we have to just sit and watch them self destruct.The borrowing is unsustainable and when the freebees don,t show up then their entitlement supporters are going to go for the democratic jugular.Margret Thatcher said”socialists are only good spending the money of someone else”and the they are blood letting here in CA so ra 1329 hang on to your liberal seat it is going to get real interesting.I hope you are not one of the students barricading them selves in at Berkley?could this be the start of the fragmentation of socialist promises.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Brian Lee.

it is always amazing to me when you neo-cons (you’re not conservatives, you should learn the difference) quote Margaret Thatcher. During her term as prime minister of England unemployment in England skyrocketed and the pound took a drastic loss in value. Sound familiar???? Do you thing that we should follow the advice of failures?

It is also striking that when your misinformation was pointed out to you (Al Gore never claimed to invent the internet) it didn’t seem to register with you that you were repeating a great big LIE.

By the way dude you are illiterate. Educate yourself we need smart people in this country.


Posted by jashley | Report as abusive

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