Well, it appears that life - in this case, your government - is imitating the movies.
FEMA Stages Press Conference: Staff Pose As Journalists And Ask ‘Softball’ Questions
As Al Karmen, in the Washington Post reports;
"And so I think what you're really seeing here is the benefit of experience, the benefit of good leadership and the benefit of good partnership," Johnson said, "none of which were present in Katrina." (Wasn't Michael Chertoff DHS chief then?) Very smooth, very professional. But something 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.
Of course, that could be because the questions were asked by FEMA staffers playing reporters. 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.
Why isn't this totally shocking?
After all, we've had a unitary, imperial presidency in which they have been their own Congress (See Signing Statements), been their own Court (See Making Their Own Laws), been their own jailers (See CIA Black Sites and Extraordinary Rendition).
So, it goes that this would seep down into the branches of their inept administration.
Perhaps the bigger shock is why this hasn't happened sooner.
Well, technically, it did - See Jeff Gannon.
What may be sadder in all of this, is that, it wasn't far off the track of what the lapdog, lame, Kool-Aid-drinking Mainstream Media has been like for most of this regime.
After all, they carried it, live on television and nobody noticed anything unusual.
And the most ironic thing about it, forget about life-saving supplies, FEMA couldn't even deliver journalists to a press conference.
Time once again, to cue up Que Sera Sera...
Bonus "Real" Links
The Carpetbagger Report: FEMA holds a press conference with itself
Larisa Alexandrovna: FEMA staffers impersonate reporters...
Creature/The Reaction: Managing the message
Christy Hardin Smith/FireDogLake: Bizarre Moments In Bushworld