Our radio station has a new website, and the Northern Alliance Radio Network decided to hold a press conference to launch it. Of course, we wanted to follow the example of our open and honest FEMA representatives … and I think you’ll see that we did a pretty good job of using their template. You can listen to the podcast here.
UPDATE & BUMP, 7:28 PM: Via CapQ commenter Del Dolemonte, Michael Chertoff got a chance to dust off his Anglo-Saxon, and we’re not talking about the upcoming release of Beowulf:
The homeland security chief on Saturday tore into his own employees for staging a phony news conference at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“I think it was one of the dumbest and most inappropriate things I’ve seen since I’ve been in government,” Michael Chertoff said.
“I have made unambiguously clear, in Anglo-Saxon prose, that it is not to ever happen again and there will be appropriate disciplinary action taken against those people who exhibited what I regard as extraordinarily poor judgment,” he added.
Asked specifically if he planned to fire anyone at FEMA, which is part of his department, Chertoff declined to say, citing personnel rules.
This might be the most encouraging development so far in this embarrassment. However, the “personnel rules” go out the window when those personnel lie and impersonate reporters for the purpose of defrauding the public. Their fates should be public record, Anglo Saxon and all.