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October 26, 2007


I laughed so hard when I heard about that. Who could make that stuff up? Someone at FEMA must have thought real hard about how to avoid the mistakes they made with Katrina...and then came up with this Potemkin-journalism. What I keep coming back to is the thought that this represents someone's best efforts.

ISn't that so striking? You're right; probably someone at FEMA saw nothing oddball or scary or laughable about the set-up. Same thing with the "video news releases" that Jon Stewart points to all the time, that are put out by the government or companies, sent to news stations, and aired as if they are original reports. Someone thinks that's a good way to communicate with us citizens.

I'm not sure what to do with this realization. What to do?

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