*UPDATE* FEMA PR chief loses new job after fake news briefing – [CNN]
Remember FEMA? The Federal Emergency Management Agency, our main disaster-response agency that did such a horrible job responding to Hurricane Katrina? Well, just when you thought they were turning over a new leaf and competently handling the California wildfires, they have to go and create some more bad news for themselves. It turns out that FEMA had its employees attend a news briefing about the fires that no journalists attended.
FEMA had called the briefing with about 15 minutes notice as federal officials headed for Southern California to oversee firefighting and rescue efforts. Reporters were also given a phone number to listen in but could not ask questions.
But with no reporters attending and a FEMA video feed being carried live by some television networks, FEMA press employees posed questions for Johnson that included: “Are you happy with FEMA’s response so far?”
Don’t want pesky journalists asking you all those nasty hard-hitting questions? Just invent your own reporters to throw you a few lollipops! Genius!