We used to laugh at other countries for doing stuff like this. According to Al Kamen, FEMA had a "press conference" where questions were asked by FEMA employees, not the press:
"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. "
Apparently their excuse was that they were asking the same questions they had been asked by the press via phone and email. Right, the press was asking about victims of the fire impeding FEMA operations. I haven't felt so insulted since Saddam had his people in the supposed milk factory wear shirts that said, in English, "Milk Factory", on their backs. This is Baghdad Bob shit. It's a serious issue turned into professional wrestling. If FEMA wants to get back the confidence of the American public, acting like they can't handle questions from the press isn't the way to go about it. Do a good job guys, its that simple, then we'll all love you.