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Revisiting the Fake FEMA California Wildfire Press Conference


The former director of public affairs at the agency, John "Pat" Philbin told CBS News regarding FEMA's fake news conference that "[he was] not aware that [Vice Admiral Harvey Johnson] knew what was happening and all of sudden staff were asking questions."

A photo (above) they published Friday, however, exposes the news conference in all its fraudulence:

"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."

CBS reports: "Identified in the photo are staff members that Johnson works closely with on a daily basis...It was announced Thursday that an internal investigation had found that FEMA's press secretary encouraged, and in some cases instructed, employees to pose as reporters and ask questions at the fake news conference."

Philbin lost his post as the director of national intelligence over the incident.

Just Who Was At That Fake FEMA Briefing? [cbs]

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  1. I just have to wonder: If an idea of such asinine stupidity can make it through to reality, what are the ideas that get shot down? I shudder to think.

    Posted by: rascal | Nov 12, 2007 11:50:30 AM

  2. can you stand it...that just dazzles me...they all should lose their jobs over this.

    Posted by: cliff | Nov 12, 2007 12:15:59 PM

  3. Everything employed by or associated with the current government of the United States is grossly deceptive. This is mind-bogglingly overt in its falseness and stupidity, but so are the other "big lies" that the American people have bought for the past 6 years, so, sadly, no surprise....

    Posted by: strepsi | Nov 12, 2007 12:23:01 PM

  4. It's all so repugnant. I swear, 2008 will either produce the largest voter turn out since 1970 or the smallest.

    Too many law schools, too many people with law degrees working in non-attorney roles in our governments.


    David B.

    Posted by: David B. | Nov 12, 2007 12:54:36 PM

  5. Hillary has been caught doing the same at Iowa events.


    Going all the way back to at least April. First her campaign lied about it, then admited the truth. Summed up, hillary fake events = bush 2.0 and her campaign lies

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Nov 12, 2007 2:25:46 PM

  6. PS The LA times is reporting that Hillary is also with holding records. Large gaps in records and documents.

    Bush 2.0 = hillary with her staged events, lies, and withholding documents.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Nov 12, 2007 2:51:48 PM

  7. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/11/12/clintons-planted-questio_n_72294.html

    planted questions/ staged events going back to 1999

    bush 2.0

    Posted by: Hillary gets busted some more | Nov 12, 2007 8:46:14 PM

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