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Author:  shoeless [ Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:30 pm ]
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I don't think even Joseph Goebbels could have dreamed up this ruse.

Link: FEMA Stages Press Conference: Staff Pose As Journalists And Ask ‘Softball’ Questions

On Tuesday, while “wildfires raged” in California, Vice Adm. Harvey E. Johnson, the deputy administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), held a press conference at FEMA’s Southwest D.C. offices that was “carried live on Fox News, MSNBC and other outlets.” In the presser, Johnson said he was “very happy with FEMA’s response” while praising “the good messaging” of federal and local government responders.

But if the questions lobbed at Johnson seemed a bit like softballs, that’s because they were asked by FEMA employees posing as journalists. The Washington Post’s Al Kamen reports:

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.

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[S]omething 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.

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Author:  dori [ Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:35 pm ]
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This is a step up from having your gay pals pose as journalists in a true briefing.

Sort of like talking to yourself, eh?

Don't they put people away for talking to themselves? Or do they just let them fend for themsleves on the streets now?

What is next, Bush talking to himself in a mirror?

Author:  A Proud Liberal [ Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:08 pm ]
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Remember watching press conferences or testimony with Rumsfeld? I never thought the "conversation" was with anyone else but with himself.

Author:  shoeless [ Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:38 pm ]
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Just Who Was At That Fake FEMA Briefing?

CBS News Obtains A Photo Of The "Press" Gallery Full Of FEMA Staffers

(CBS/AP) CBS News has obtained this photo of the now infamous fake FEMA press conference held during the California wildfires. The photo, taken by a FEMA employee, is one of the only known photos of the press gallery of that event.

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The gallery is not filled with members of the press but with high-level agency employees.

At the podium on the left is Vice Admiral Harvey Johnson, the second in command at FEMA.

The former director of public affairs at the agency, John "Pat" Philbin told CBS News last week, "I am not aware that he knew what was happening and all of sudden staff were asking questions."

Identified in the photo are staff members that Johnson works closely with on a daily basis.

From left to right: Nathaniel Fogg, Counselor to the Director and Deputy Director; John "Pat" Philbin, former Director of External Affairs; Michael Widomski, Public Affairs Specialist; Eric Heighberger, Special Assistant, Office of the Administrator; Cindy Taylor (in tan suit), Communications Deputy Director; Dan Shulman (red tie), Director of Legislative Affairs; Debbie Wing (curly blond hair), Media Response Liaison; Aaron Walker (back to camera), National Spokesman.

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