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Laughing Stock Michael Brown Still The Fox “News” Go-To Guy For Disasters

Reported by Aunty Em - August 31, 2011 -

If you discount the World Trade Center attacks, the non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction, the “Enhanced Interrogation techniques,” and the “Outing of CIA Agents”—which, oddly enough, pretty much sums up the entire 8 years under the President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney administration—most people would be hard pressed to name one other member of that regime. However, the name Michael Brown is one that crops up occasionally to point to the extreme incompetence of the Bush administration. To recap: Brown was the head of FEMA in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina whacked the Gulf Coast on August 29th. Four days later Bush praised him by saying, “Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.” However, by then it was pretty clear to everybody but Bush that Brown was in way over his head. Less than 2 weeks later, on September 12th, Brown resigned as head of FEMA. With that resumé it’s a wonder why any so-called “news” operation would use him as a commentator following another natural disaster. However, that CV didn’t stop Bill Hemmer, who dragged out the disgraced ‘Brownie’ on America’s Newsroom to critique President Obama’s response to Hurricane Irene. Watch:

Video courtesy of Media Matters

It’s not the first time that Fox “News” has relied on ‘Brownie’ to critique the Obama administration’s reaction to a disaster. As Mike Burns at Media Matters writes:

Brown's post-government career, especially on Fox News, hasn't been very impressive, either. During an appearance on the May 3, 2010 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, Brown repeatedly suggested that the Obama administration purposely chose to let the BP oil spill "get really bad" so it would have an "excuse" to "shut down offshore drilling."

The day after Brown's appearance, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs rebuked Fox News for airing Brown's conspiracy theory without making an attempt to push back on it. Fox responded by repeatedly insisting that Gibbs was wrong without reporting what Brown had said.

It is hardly a state secret that Fox “News” is as heavily invested in rehabilitating the Bush administration as it is in trashing the current administration. By the time Fox is finished polishing his legacy, Bush 43 will be the greatest president since George Washington.