Sunday, January 11, 2009

Brownie: "Feets don't fail me now!"

Sometimes life dishes up some ironies that you have to share.

Colorado Media Matters blog reports that former FEMA Director Michael Brown (a.k.a. "Brownie") was one of the residents evacuated from a Boulder County wildfire in Colorado this past week. The CMM web site reports that Brownie’s role in previous disasters was overlooked when he was interviewed on KOA radio.

On the January 8 broadcast of Colorado's Morning News on Newsradio 850 KOA, co-anchors Steffan Tubbs and April Zesbaugh interviewed Michael Brown, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security's Division for Emergency Preparedness and Response -- previously the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- about his evacuation due to a major wildfire in Boulder County. Neither news anchor mentioned Brown's leadership role in the federal government's much-maligned response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005.

As The Washington Post noted in a January 8 online article:

Former FEMA Administrator Michael Brown, a.k.a. "Brownie" was among approximately 11,000 residents of Boulder, Colo. evacuated yesterday amid raging wildfires that have scorched at least 1,000 acres. After his eagerly anticipated resignation in Sept. 2005, the poster boy for the Bush administration's botched response to Hurricane Katrina moved back to the Boulder area, where he once served as legal counsel to the Arabian Horse Association and now operates a disaster consulting business.

You can read sections of the KOA transcript, and find other meaty insights on the Front Range media scene, at

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