I may have mentioned this last week, butt Big Guy’s PR firm has gone into all-out “phony scandal” mode regarding the, uh, issues at the Veterans Administration. Since even the Lady M Hashtag Resolutions™ was not sufficient to reverse public sentiment,
we’ve been forced into all out phony scandal defense mode: SOS™ Rapid Response Team. This strategy always begins with a denial of having any knowledge of the scandal prior to hearing about it on Fox (which we never watch):
Mary Katherine Ham has the complete breakdown of the Big Brains’ (BeeBees) one-size-fits-all damage control PR process:
Step 1: “We’re just finding out about this ourselves and are as appalled as anyone over these allegations. We vow to get to the bottom of this and, if true, right this wrong swiftly and thoroughly. Nothing less than the honor of our nation and our people is at stake, and that will not come to harm on my watch.”
Step 2: “We are investigating ourselves right now to make sure we get to the bottom of this. It’s important that we get all the facts from ourselves, and in the meantime it would be inappropriate for ourselves to answer questions about the investigation we’re conducting on ourselves.”
Step 3: “Didn’t I just tell you we started an investigation of ourselves? Also, we noted our outrage. I cannot possibly make any statements about the very obvious wrongdoing that occurred on our watch until the investigation we’re conducting of ourselves is completed, printed on paper and in my hands. Anything else would jeopardize the integrity of our investigation of ourselves. Is that what you want?”
Step 3 is where ABC’s Jon Karl found himself today, on the receiving end of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s indignation at the mere asking of questions after the administration has expressed grave concern and started an investigation.
When even Jake Tapper finally loses patience, as he did the other day:
we need to move on to Step 4, like pronto!
Up next, Step 4: “Only crazy wingers even ask questions about stuff like this. Are you a crazy winger? Do you think it’s a grand conspiracy in which the President of the United States conspired to personally hurt veterans? Do you think that’s an appropriate question to ask?”
Step 5: Wait six months, refer to formerly outrageous scandal as phony.
Step 6: Slow walk investigation and especially the release of requested and possibly incriminating documents for a year or more, or until a court orders us to give it to Judicial Watch, which ever happens later.
Step 7: “Oh, that ‘scandal’? Dude, that was a year ago. Who’s still talking about that?”
Mind you, we only launch into this all-out PR offense after our first line of defense and deflection - “It’s Bush’s fault” – fails. In the current case, the BeeBees tried to equate the phony VA scandal to George W. Bush’s Army scandal at Walter Reed Hospital. Except that in the Walter Reed case, profuse apologies to the soldiers affected were immediately offered, Bush directed Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to immediately investigate and report back to him with results and resolutions, and heads rolled in short order as the top two ranking leaders in the chain of command were fired (i.e. held accountable, which is the opposite of held harmless).
So is it any wonder BHO is “mad as hell?” – what with 7 more of his promises exposed as hollow:
And now this is quickly escalating to a crisis because people are beginning to put their number bonds together and coming up with what looks like an equation between the quality of Veterans’ government run health care and the future quality of government run Obamacare. And not in a good way.
This on the heels of a report from Doug Ross that demonstrates just how bad our government is at what governments are famous for: administrative red tape.
Brigid M. Russell, sent out an email to her staff with a subject line celebrating “2 enrollments!” The body copy of the email read: “We have our second official FFM enrollment!
“2 enrollments! On the very first day of our 3/4 of a trillion dollar Obamacare enrollment system! High fives all around!
Yes sir, we are going to continue to try our best to spin gold around here, butt in fact all we have to work with is fleece.
Your fleece, to be precise.
Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network