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    Humorous piece. You sometimes wonder what goes through a government officials mind.........

    FEMA stages fake press conference
    By STEVE WATKINS
    October 26, 2007
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s deputy administrator, Harvey Johnson, had an unusually friendly audience at an Oct. 23 news briefing on his agency’s response to the California wildfires: his own spokesmen.


    FEMA drafted at least four of its employees to play the part of reporters at a hastily called news conference when no members of the media showed up, spokesman Aaron Walker said. No reporters showed because FEMA announced the news conference only 15 minutes before it began. All reporters could do was call in on a phone line that did not let them to ask questions.


    As a result, Johnson took questions like, “Are you happy with FEMA’s response so far?” from agency spokesmen Mike Widomski, Cindy Taylor, Pat Philbin and Ali Kirin.


    Walker said he did not know why the news conference, first reported by The Washington Post, wasn’t pushed back when it was obvious no reporters would show, or who made the decision to pose FEMA officials as reporters.
    FEMA Administrator David Paulison was flying to California at the time; it is unclear whether he knew about the staged news conference.


    The questions asked by FEMA officials were compiled from questions reporters had been asking the public affairs office earlier in the day, Walker said.


    Johnson issued a statement Friday apologizing for the error in judgment and he added: “The real story — how well the response and recovery elements are working in this disaster — should not be lost because of how we tried to meet the needs of the media in distributing facts.”


    Johnson promised to change the agency’s news procedures “to ensure that all of our communications are straight forward and transparent.”
    In response to additional questions about the incident by Federal Times, FEMA spokesman Aaron Walker said, “We issued the statement and that’s what we’re standing by. We won’t be doing additional interviews.”

    http://federaltimes.com/index.php?S=3139505
    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
    Of cabbages—and kings—
    And why the sea is boiling hot—
    And whether pigs have wings.”
    ― Lewis Carroll

  • #2
    Originally posted by Combatengineer View Post
    Humorous piece. You sometimes wonder what goes through a government officials mind.........
    Not really what goes through their mind... but whether or not they even have a mind.

    What a bunch of idiots.
    Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated... again...

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    • #3
      Way to go, Brownie!

      Oh, wait...he's gone, isn't he?
      All questions are valid, all answers are tentative.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kentek View Post
        Way to go, Brownie!

        Oh, wait...he's gone, isn't he?
        Wasn't that more like "Your doin a dang fine job Browie" and other great quote from a memorable man.


        HP
        "Ask not what your country can do for you"

        Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

        you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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        • #5
          Sometimes acting on a silly idea has it's consequences;

          John P. "Pat" Philbin, FEMA's external affairs director, who had been scheduled to move into the new job on Monday, will not be getting it after last week's phony news conference. The staged question-and-answer session was harshly criticized by both the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, whose department oversees FEMA.
          "We do not normally comment on personnel matters," DNI spokesman Ross Feinstein said Monday. "However, we can confirm that Mr. Philbin is not, nor is he scheduled to be, the director of public affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence."
          Feinstein said earlier that Philbin's job change had been put on hold while McConnell reviewed his record.
          Philbin arranged a hastily-called televised FEMA news conference last Tuesday on the California wildfires. The session was announced on short notice and featured questions for FEMA's deputy administrator, Vice Adm. Harvey Johnson.
          “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
          “To talk of many things:
          Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
          Of cabbages—and kings—
          And why the sea is boiling hot—
          And whether pigs have wings.”
          ― Lewis Carroll

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