Another Notch on the Belt of 'Nothing Malicious or Preconceived'
FEMA Press Secretary Directed Fake News Briefing, Inquiry Finds
Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, November 9, 2007; Page A19
An internal investigation into a fake news conference staged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency during last month's California wildfires found that the agency's press secretary directed aides to pose as reporters, secretly coached them during the briefing and ended the event after a final, scripted question was asked, according to a senior FEMA official.
. . . The review "found nothing that indicated malicious or preconceived intent to deceive the media or the public," said FEMA's acting director of external affairs, Russ Knocke, who conducted the inquiry.
The damage here is to credibility in government. We have become so inured to false public disclosure that we merely sigh and a turn to the next page or channel.
That's an enormous problem.