The NARN Press Conference (Update: Chertoff’s Anglo-Saxon)

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.

9 thoughts on “The NARN Press Conference (Update: Chertoff’s Anglo-Saxon)”

  1. Every civil service bureaucrat who was involved should be publically identified terminated for cause. Unfortunately they will all remain nameless and stay in their positions (except the top one or two), and then slither into higher positions where they can once again cause mischief. The best thing for America would be to eliminate the civil service “protection” that gives jobs for life and improve accountability at all levels in government.

  2. Personally, I think standing next to Chertoff, makes Bush think he looks good.
    Besides, if you have to read “hints” for managers, after events happen; how good are your management skills?
    As to FEMA. My guess is that when events happen, and the cameras roll, you get jerks like Chertoff who want face time.
    Heck, even Bush ran to San Diego. But Schwartzenegger is smart. The pictures up at Drudge show the governor, UNINCUMBERED. Dunno how he does it. Obviously, he shook Bush’s hand. And, took him to see some of the damage …
    But Schwartzenegger is a pro. When it comes to NOT WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND PUPPIES. In other words, what do you need here? A reminder of what W.C. Fields said?
    Oh, boy. Once, it was said, that Bush was lucky.
    Sometimes, it just pays to have brains.
    Luck can run out.

  3. Considering what happened here last week, and continues, I cannot use the pseudonym ‘firedup’ any longer so reverting to my ‘real’ name. La Enchiladita.
    Anyway, are those FEMA fools for real? Talk about never learning…
    The State of California and local law enforcement, fire departments from all over SoCal and the West have done a STUPENDOUS job of responding to an overwhelming natural disaster. No small thanks to the Governator, Ahnolt!
    Hey, Canada even sent one of those water-dropping planes, a Marlin Martin or something like that.
    FEMA probably feels a bit useless. The evacuees to Qualcomm Stadium are long gone, back home to to relatives or friends. We are handling it.
    Don’ need no steenkin’ Chertoff.

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