FEMA Director of External Affairs Exits Amidst PR Scandal; Lands at ODNI

October 27, 2007

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Just three days after FEMA is outed for a staging a fake press conference, its Director of External Affairs John “Pat” Philbin lands an “amazing opportunity to head the communications shop at ODNI,” according to FEMA’s press secretary Aaron Walker (via email to PRNewser). The Washington Post confirmed the news through Vance Vines, Spokeswoman at ODNI.

Philbin and Walker were among the staffers asking questions at the press conference which was carried live by the cable networks. The the agency quickly apologized. More details as they come in.

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20 Responses to “FEMA Director of External Affairs Exits Amidst PR Scandal; Lands at ODNI”


  1. [...] External Affairs John “Pat” Philbin, has now resigned. He has instead landed an “amazing opportunity” to head public affairs at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  5:04 [...]

  2. Faux news Says:

    [...] to PRNewser, FEMA’s director of external affairs, John Philbin, has accepted an opportunity at another [...]


  3. [...] FEMA Director of external affairs exits amid PR scandal; lands at ODNI [...]


  4. [...] Director of External Affairs John “Pat” Philbin, has now resigned. He has instead landed an “amazing opportunity” to head public affairs at the Office of the Director of National [...]


  5. Could things get any worse for FEMA? You’d think that after the whole Katrina thing, they’d be a little more careful. Even Courtney Love’s PR people are smarter than that.

  6. Judith Says:

    In the Bush administration everyone gets to fail upwards! Next he’ll get a medal pinned personally by Bush.

  7. squiddy Says:

    Brand W: playing “millionaire musical chairs” for mediocre, sleazy white republicans since 2001.

  8. Citizen Joe Says:

    Criminals… every one…

    IMPEACH… INDICT…. AND CONVICT this entire administration.

    Then we have to remove those in Congress who have, at the very least betrayed their oaths, and at worst are complicit.


  9. [...] Pat starts his punishment:  a promotion to the director of communication for the United States  Director of National [...]

  10. fearsmear Says:

    It goes without saying that this fake FEMA press conference is surprising only in its utter ineptitude. Sentient Americans have come to expect only such stunts from this administration and the poorly qualified stooges they have installed in all levels of the government, on the federal AND state level (think this is only Washington? Think again…)

    What IS surprising, however, is the SHEER BALLS necessary to go from this:

    “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.

    “There will be appropriate discipline,” he told reporters at a news conference with New York’s governor where they announced an agreement on a driver’s license plan.

    to this, within 72 hours:

    Just three days after FEMA is outed for a staging a fake press conference, its Director of External Affairs John “Pat” Philbin lands an “amazing opportunity to head the communications shop at ODNI,” according to FEMA’s press secretary Aaron Walker (via email to PRNewser). The Washington Post confirmed the news through Vance Vines, Spokeswoman at ODNI.

    Heckuva job, “Patty” indeed.

    http://www.FEARandSMEAR.com

  11. MJ "revoltingpawn" Says:

    The whole thing is a outrage and we covered it in detail in our blog…

    http://shadowdemocracy.wordpress.com/2007/10/27/fake-fema-press-conference-what-next-positive-testimonials-at-gun-point/

    If check out the comments in the post will also see a link to a video that has the fake interview.


  12. [...] a FEMA spokesman described Philbin’s departure as a job promotion. He is landing an “amazing opportunity to head the communications shop at ODNI,” said FEMA press secretary Aaron [...]


  13. [...] Re: FEMA workers masquerade as reporters Boy what a coincidence that this opportunity came in just after the time this fake newss conference was being outed. Just three days after FEMA is outed for a staging a fake press conference, its Director of External Affairs John Pat Philbin lands an amazing opportunity to head the communications shop at ODNI, according to FEMAs press secretary Aaron Walker (via email to PRNewser). The Washington Post confirmed the news through Vance Vines, Spokeswoman at ODNI. Philbin and Walker were among the staffers asking questions at the press conference which was carried live by the cable networks. The the agency quickly apologized. More details as they come in FEMA Director of External Affairs Exits Amidst PR Scandal; Lands at ODNI PRNewser [...]


  14. [...] (ODNI) were confirmed by spokeswoman Vanee Vines in a Washington Post article. PRNewser also confirmed the job change from FEMA’s press secretary Aaron [...]


  15. [...] colleagues would only refer me to the statement regarding the problem. After a few reply, PRNewser received a quote from FEMA press secretary Aaron Walker concerning Philbin’s new position at ODNI (now [...]


  16. [...] poor judgment.” To clarify, that disciplinary action has not yet taken place despite reports that Pat Philbin, the Director of External Affairs at FEMA, has suddenly accepted a job at the [...]


  17. [...] staged press conference two weeks ago resigned following an internal FEMA investigation. PRNewser quoted Walker in an earlier post about Director of External Affairs Pat [...]

  18. Visitor828 Says:

    I have visited your site 342-times


  19. [...] and sentencing hearings for players in the current array of national political scandals. FEMA official who coordinated the fake news conference resigns, lands a new gig heading public affai… Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) was forced to give up his seat on the powerful committee after the [...]


  20. [...] a major disaster only three months after severe storms and flooding; sends in good ol’ FEMA to help Posted by Jason Filed in Uncategorized Tags: press [...]


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