Hear about the fake FEMA "News" conference on the California fires? It's just to good to miss. Heckuva job Brownie...er..FEMA. Like my dad used to say, "These people would screw up a one car funeral!" They actually thought they could get away with a staged news conference and fill it with praise for themselves. The Onion couldn't make this stuff up.
FEMA Meets the Press, Which Happens to Be . . . FEMA
By al kamen, Washington Post
"..Reporters were given only 15 minutes' notice of the briefing, making it unlikely many could show up at FEMA's Southwest D.C. offices.
They were given an 800 number to call in, though it was a "listen only" line, the notice said -- no questions. Parts of the briefing were carried live on Fox News (see the Fox News video of the news conference carried on the Think Progress Web site), MSNBC and other outlets.."
"..And so I think what you're really seeing here is the benefit of experience, the benefit of good leadership and the benefit of good partnership," Johnson said, "none of which were present in Katrina." (Wasn't Michael Chertoff DHS chief then?) Very smooth, very professional. But something didn't seem right. The reporters were lobbing too many softballs. No one asked about trailers with formaldehyde for those made homeless by the fires. And the media seemed to be giving Johnson all day to wax on and on about FEMA's greatness.
Of course, that could be because the questions were asked by FEMA staffers playing reporters. We're told the questions were asked by Cindy Taylor, FEMA's deputy director of external affairs, and by "Mike" Widomski, the deputy director of public affairs. Director of External Affairs John "Pat" Philbin asked a question, and another came, we understand, from someone who sounds like press aide Ali Kirin.."
Asked about this, Widomski said: "We had been getting mobbed with phone calls from reporters, and this was thrown together at the last minute>."
Simply amazing. This should be remembered as the WTF! Presidency.
Labels: dumb and dumber, FEMA, pompous idiots