FEMA Official Involved In Staged News Conference Leaving The Agency

By Chris Ariens Comment

PRNewser scoops reports that FEMA’s director of external affairs, John “Pat” Philbin is leaving his job just three days after the agency was “outed for a staging a fake press conference” related to the California wildfires.

PRNewser’s Jason Chupick writes, Philbin asked questions “at the press conference which was carried live by the cable networks.”

The incident, first reported yesterday in The Washington Post, has been condemned by DHS secretary Michael Chertoff, and, according to the NYTimes, has led to an apology from Harvey Johnson, the official who was answering the questions at the news conference.