Comments: "Don't get stuck on stupid"

Many thanks, Dan. I've noted the link in the post.

Posted by Debbye at September 22, 2005 07:59 PM

During the "insurgency" at Oka some years ago, a Canadian Forces officer was leading a similar press conference. He started by stating very precisely, in words the press corps could understand, what was happening, what would happen, and what the military was doing. Any questions? Of course the reporters started asking candy-ass, leading questions. The military guy looked them straight in the eye and told them that the answer to that question had just been addressed in what he had told them. Next question.

What a breath of fresh air that was after seeing how the pols conducted a press conference. There is a vast difference in a press conference lead by somebody who wants to liked and a press conference led by somebody is there to do a job, and is gettin' 'er done.

Does anybody remember the press conference and the military guy's name?

Posted by DoubtingThomas at September 22, 2005 11:54 PM

"Contrasting photos" - excellent. Probably could have been done for Mississippi as well (pre-Katrina).

Love seeing somebody talk to the press that way, not only they but we need it. But if there's a drawback to the general, I think he may have an old-fashioned idea the media is there to provide a (for profit) service, as opposed to reality - their attempts and intentions of delivering an agenda.

Posted by Jay at September 23, 2005 11:33 AM

Thomas, I tried a quick google but didn't come up with the press conference you cite or a name. Your memory is probably accurate, though. Canada in 1990 seems like an entirely different county, and the military back then was much stronger.

You hit the nail on the head: the difference between someone who wants to be liked and someone who intends to get the job done.

Jay, those photos sure are a "then" and "now" moment.

I'm as guilty as anyone of not paying sufficient attention to Mississippi, and indeed it's hard to look at the different degrees of preparedness both pre- and post-Katrina there without getting into finger-pointing at Louisiana office-holders.

Posted by Debbye at September 23, 2005 03:22 PM