After this, nothing surprises us about the lies brazenly foisted off on the American public by a federal government run amok under the mismanagement of the Bushliburton administration. Apparently FEMA learned a lot from Katrina, this week, in response to the California fires, FEMA officials held a fake news conference.
As reported by USA Today:
Those weren’t reporters questioning the deputy chief of FEMA earlier this week, they were federal employees playing the role of journalists during a televised briefing on the wildfires in southern California.
An agency spokesman tells The Washington Post that they didn’t have time to wait for real reporters to come to their office near the U.S. Capitol. “We had been getting mobbed with phone calls from reporters, and this was thrown together at the last minute,” Mike Widomski, FEMA’s deputy director of public affairs, tells the paper.
So, instead of waiting for outsiders to come to their offices, the P.R. people just turned on the cameras and tossed softballs to their boss. That may be why Vice Adm. Harvey Johnson found it so easy to answer the questions, according to the Post. (A philosophical question: If the press doesn’t come to your press conference did you really hold a press conference?)
More on the FEMA stage management is reported by the Washington Post.
Fake news conferences, formaldehyde laden trailers, truck loads of ice going no where, thousands and thousands of people still displaced in New Orleans, federal funds and programs not rebuilding homes, but financing luxury condos and business opportunities for those who were not impacted by any disaster, a president who flies in for five minutes of photo ops and who will then promptly return to scheming how to start a war in Iran, this is what the newest disaster victims in California have to look forward to.