Thomas Jefferson had it right when he wrote:
“The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper.” –Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632
So was it any surprise to read about a ‘fake’ news conference today from FEMA?
“On Tuesday, FEMA held what was called a “news briefing” on the California fires, but the questions asked did not come from reporters. They were asked instead by FEMA staffers.”
Dana Perino, the White House Press Secretary apologized:
“It is not a practice that we would employ here at the White House or that we — we certainly don’t condone it,” Press Secretary Dana Perino said. “We didn’t know about it beforehand. FEMA has issued an apology, saying that they had an error judgment when they were attempting to get out a lot of information to reporters, who were asking for answers to a variety of questions in regard to the wildfires in California. It’s not something I would have condoned. And they, I’m sure, will not do it again.”
Not a policy of the White House to have fake news?
What about the fake White House reporter, Jeff Gannon?
What about the fake video news reports?
What about the fake columns by Armstrong Williams who was paid for his opinions?
There’s an old expression in Tennessee….
Shame on you.