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FEMA Faces Firestorm for Phony Presser

10/27/2007 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's certainly one way to avoid the tough questions.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is getting serious flak after it let staffers pose as journalists and lob softball questions at one of its top officials at a hastily organized "press briefing" on the California wildfires.

Deputy administrator Harvey Johnson took "questions" from four people identified by the Washington Post as three directors and a press aide, who then didn't allow any questions from the actual journos in the room.

The White House strongly criticized FEMA, and the agency apologized for its "error in judgment." FEMA, of course, was once run by Michael Brown, whose qualification for the job was his experience in running the International Arabian Horse Association. He later resigned.


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2561 days ago


Since when does TMZ cover really news? Weird, just weird...

2561 days ago


If I want real news I go to Drudge Report or Fox News not TMZ. Get back to the stuff you do best. HINT: it is not reporting REAL news!

2561 days ago


Gee this is the oddest thing I have ever seen on here. REAL NEWS!!!! Totally strange!

2561 days ago


Lyme disease is the most common disease spread by ticks in the United States.

2561 days ago


This is just more proof how out of controll the goverment really is.
and the fact that you cannot believe anything the so called news agencies say

2561 days ago


Hey Stacey Joy, the real news is that FEMA was making up FAKE news. And your precious Fox News chose to run the FAUX news.

2561 days ago

nucular scientist    

A month after Katrina in Louisiana, we had a Halloween party. Two people came as FEMA workers. They set up a table, left an identifying sign on it, and never showed up at it again.

And people are surprised?

This ranks up there with the insurance guy saying people in Louisiana didn't have flood insurance without mentioning that they did everything they could do to blame it on flood damage when it was, in fact, wind damage. The nerve of that guy looking people in the eye and blaming it on the victims is overwhelming. I don't know how he sleeps at night

2561 days ago


TMZzzzzzzzzzzz on this one - Brown & FEMA do a fabulous job - racist to say otherwise!

PS - Brown now makes $5M per year as a consultant extraordinaire.

2561 days ago

Internet Website Designs    

fema is so shady

2561 days ago


StaceyJoy - Honey you are seriously delusional if you get your "REAL" new from FOX! So you probably don't buy this story either because it speaks the TRUTH about this CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION. Open your eyes NEO. It just one thing after another after another after another after another after another after another after another - x3000 - that this administration to screw and LIE to America.

Iran is NOT a threat either more lies for them equals more money and "power: for them.

Which pill do you want Neo? America needs to wake up before it's too late. Quit being numb to what has really gone on for the last 8 years.

2561 days ago


O` Media.

Can you imagine what kind of a Country America would be if thie Man were the President?

... damn.. too bad he's not going to win.

2561 days ago


You mean to tell me you guys can't find a way to blame this on black people too? Wow usually when I read the comment section on ANY article, its the Black people's fault. I'm sure you guys will find something ignorant to say before its over.

2561 days ago


All of these people that did this press briefing or were involved in this scam should be fired immediately. This administration has to stop all the lying and feeding the public propaganda. The best thing is that they get caught doing these things and it just make them look like idiots. 15 months is too long!

2561 days ago


here they go strike 2. FEMA is almost a joke already!

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