BP Spin Cycle


The BP/Ken Feinberg spin machine keeps churning.

Backed by recent editorials in the Washington Post and the New York Times, the claims czar has been making the rounds on national TV, spinning Gulf Coast critics of the payment process as impatient ignoramuses who don’t know how to properly file a claim.

He spins way better than he spends.

Ken Feinberg is a man who walks into a room and fills it up. His eyes, alert and absorbing, his ears large and listening, his persona at once invasive and reassuring … he is a man in the moment who quickly gains your confidence. Or so it seems.

Maybe he’s just a good actor. He looks like a large Woody Allen. Maybe he’s just an annoying actor but a great director with a seedy social appetite.

If the Feinberg payment process was anywhere near the efficiency of his spin machine, the Gulf Coast would be closer to being made whole instead of being stuck in a hole.

Until the legitimate claims are paid in full, whatever comes out of Mr. Feinberg’s mouth is just spin.

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Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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