Saturday, October 27, 2007

FEMA's Foney Fracas

This is like all the "news" conferences.

See Lincoln, the OSI, Armstrong Williams and Operation Mockingbird!

"FEMA scolded for staging phony news conference" by Associated Press October 27, 2007

WASHINGTON - The White House scolded the Federal Emergency Management Agency yesterday for staging a phony news conference about assistance to victims of wildfires in Southern California.

Yeah, sure they did!

The agency, much criticized for its response after Hurricane Katrina more than two years ago, arranged to have FEMA employees play the part of independent reporters Tuesday. The questions were predictably soft and gratuitous.

Like the "real" news conferences are any different?

Harvey E. Johnson, the agency's deputy director, said in reply to one query from an agency employee:

"I'm very happy with FEMA's response."

The Washington Post first reported on the fake news conference yesterday.

And it is
taking root, too!

The bigger the agenda-pushing lie, the more it sticks in the Amurkn shithead!

White House press secretary Dana Perino said it was not appropriate that the questions were posed by agency staff members instead of reporters. FEMA was responsible for the "error in judgment," she said, adding that the White House did not know about it beforehand and did not condone it.

No, they just came up with the idea!

worried about the imagery of the failure we call a president!

Perino said the agency was just trying to provide information to the public, through the news media, because there were so many questions:

"I don't think that there was any mal-intent."

Is that grammatically correct?

Snorting lines before the press conferences again, 'eh, Dana?

With no reporters on hand and an agency video camera providing a feed carried live by some TV networks, FEMA employees posed questions for Johnson that included:

"Are you happy with FEMA's response so far?"

Ha-ha, FOOLEYED YA, news media!!!

You guys ever get tired of eating this administration's shit like us?

Johnson also said the agency had the benefit of "good leadership" and other factors, "none of which were present at Katrina."

Right, everything is great now!

Since the football ballgame is back on schedule, and the MSM is dropping the fires like a hot potato.

"Fake News Briefing by FEMA Draws Official Rebukes" by ERIC LIPTON

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 — The Federal Emergency Management Agency staged a fake news conference this week, with agency staff officials, pretending to be reporters, peppering one of their own bosses with decidedly friendly questions about the response to the California fires, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged Friday.

It's just like all of 'em, anyway, so what's the big deal?

Arnie said you won't find anything bad 'cause there is no bad!

The questions from the staff were posed after FEMA gave reporters only 15 minutes notice for a news conference on Tuesday, meaning that other than television camera crews, no reporters showed up before questioning began. A toll-free telephone line was provided so reporters could listen in, but it was not set up to allow questions.

Then, hopefully, report the bullshit lying as news! Like they do every day!

As a result, staff members asked Mr. Johnson a series of friendly questions like, “Are you happy with FEMA’s response so far?” and, “What lessons learned from Katrina have been applied?

Mr. Johnson gave no indication that the questions came from his own staff.

Mr. Johnson, in response to one question, according to a transcript:

I’m very happy with FEMA’s response so far.”

Dana Perino, the White House spokeswoman, said the event was mishandled:

It’s not something I would have condoned, and they — I’m sure — will not do it again.”

Oh, I'm sure they will never do it again, she says!

Quit doing coke, Dana, it's distorting your judgment!