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Old 10-27-2007, 11:58 AM   #1
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WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. government's main disaster-response agency apologized on Friday for having its employees pose as reporters in a hastily called news conference on California's wildfires that no news organizations attended.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, still struggling to restore its image after the bungled handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, issued the apology after The Washington Post published details of the Tuesday briefing.

"We can and must do better, and apologize for this error in judgment," FEMA deputy administrator Harvey Johnson, who conducted the briefing, said in a statement. "Our intent was to provide useful information and be responsive to the many questions we have received."

No actual reporter attended the news conference in person, agency spokesman Aaron Walker said.

A spokeswoman for Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who has authority over FEMA, called the incident "inexcusable and offensive to the secretary."

"We have made it clear that stunts such as this will not be tolerated or repeated," spokeswoman Laura Keehner said. She said the department was looking at the possibility of reprimanding those responsible.

The agency had called the briefing with about 15 minutes notice as federal officials headed for southern California to oversee and assist in firefighting and rescue efforts. Reporters were also given a telephone number to listen in on but could not ask questions.

But with no reporters on hand and an agency video camera providing a feed carried live by some television networks, FEMA press employees posed the questions for Johnson that included: "Are you happy with FEMA's response so far?"

According to Friday's Post account, which Walker confirmed, Johnson replied that he was "very happy with FEMA's response so far."

He also said the agency had the benefit of "good leadership" and other factors, "none of which were present at Katrina." Chertoff was head of the Homeland Security Department during Katrina.

FEMA's administrator during Katrina, Michael Brown, resigned amid widespread criticism over his handling of the disaster, despite U.S. President George W. Bush's initial declaration that he was doing a "heck of a job."

E-mails between Brown and his colleagues over the course of the storm revealed a preoccupation with his media image, including his declaration, "I am a fashion god."

FEMA is reviewing its press procedures and will make changes to ensure they are "straightforward and transparent," Johnson said on Friday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN26366100
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:07 PM   #2
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oh god...they should just shut down FEMA.
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:11 PM   #3
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They should be called I.d.i.o.t.s
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Old 10-27-2007, 01:11 PM   #4
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wow...this is hilarious

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Old 10-27-2007, 04:11 PM   #5
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How can they be so dumb...
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:18 PM   #6
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What a shocker. Who would of thought?
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:34 AM   #7
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Next you're going to tell me there's no WMD in Iraq!
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:43 AM   #8
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They don't give a F*ck about us.

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Old 10-28-2007, 01:47 AM   #9
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Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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This 2007.... no more fun for the girls.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:23 PM   #11
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what I find even more hilarious is Michael Chertoff getting up and acting like this was the worst thing ever when HE was the one on the news channels saying everything thing was ok at the SuperDome WHILE IT WAS ON THE SCREEN RIGHT NEXT TO HIM SHOWING PEOPLE DYING IN THE STREETS.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:45 PM   #12
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This is not that unusual in the world of PR.

I own a PR company and I know for fact (because I have done it) that planted people are placed in press conferences to shed good light and ask cupcake questions. When a person starts feeling heat or needs good vibe, they'll call on their "planted" reporters.

Journalists (very few, not nearly all) sometimes take money to write/report stories and sides of stories....

"Planted people" are also frequents of speeches and Q and A sessions.

It is not considered ethical and I don't believe its right, but it happens.

Holding an entire press conference with planted people, however, is a VERY very bad idea because it will be exposed by "real" journalists who cover the beat. It is inevitable.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:51 PM   #13
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This is not that unusual in the world of PR.

I own a PR company and I know for fact (because I have done it) that planted people are placed in press conferences to shed good light and ask cupcake questions. When a person starts feeling heat or needs good vibe, they'll call on their "planted" reporters.

Journalists (very few, not nearly all) sometimes take money to write/report stories and sides of stories....

"Planted people" are also frequents of speeches and Q and A sessions.

It is not considered ethical and I don't believe its right, but it happens.

Holding an entire press conference with planted people, however, is a VERY very bad idea because it will be exposed by "real" journalists who cover the beat. It is inevitable.

Just as I had suspected... Controlling the media.

Good post man.... That really helped me visualize how
Press conferences are full of $hit at times.

Planted People.
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