The Cycle

FEMA wins a (dubious) First Amendment award

Remember the fake news conference staged by the Federal Emergency Management Agency - the one during last fall’s California wildfires where staffers pretended to be reporters and lobbed softballs at the podium?

The organizers of the 2008 Jefferson Muzzle Awards recently gave the agency an egregious First Amendment violation this week.

The notation is well deserved. It’s also a shocking reminder that the agency famous for debating former director Michael Brown’s shirt quality while New Orleans appeared to be floating into the Gulf of Mexico has kept its foot out of its mouth for the past half-year.

I only hope the plaque read, “Heckuva job, FEMA.”

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