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The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants you to know they’re still doing a heckuva job. That’s why they held a press conference last Tuesday to discuss the California wild fire situation, to calm the public and answer their questions. The prerecorded press conference was televised on Fox News and other stations.
Unfortunately FEMA only announced the press conference 15 minutes before it was due to start, which didn’t give real reporters enough time to arrive. So FEMA employees dressed up like reporters and asked questions described as soft and gratuitous.
“I’m very happy with FEMA’s response,” Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson said at Tuesday’s conference in response to one employee’s question, adding, “We’re doing a heckuva job.”
Claiming the questions were intended to “provide useful information”, FEMA now admits the staged conference could have been an error in judgement.
Thus ended the career of Pat Philbin, a rookie PR Director, who took full responsibility for the stunt noting sadly that the phony press conference had damaged his credibility. The outgoing patsy expressed regret at the shame he had brought to the Philbin name and assured the public that it was a one-time mistake and not a systemic problem deserving of any scrutiny or investigation.
“It is not a practice that we would employ here at the White House,” A White House spokesperson noted, adding, “unless you count those staged Q&A sessions between Bush and troops in Iraq in 2005.”