Michael Brown Update

Here’s a quick update on yesterday’s post about the Michael Brown typo. We received a comment from someone claiming to be Michael Brown. The e-mail address provided seems to be genuine and the IP address could well be one he might have used. He stated he did not type the job application with the typo on it:

Uh, folks, sorry to disappoint you, but I did not do this, someone at FEMA did. Michael D. Brown

I’m wondering where I can apply for a job where my potential employer fills out the job application for me.

UPDATE: Apparently Michael Brown stopped by Wonkette, too. Here’s their take on it:

Earlier today, we linked to the FEMA job application that misspelled “department.” We never meant to give that impression, but it may have read as if we were accusing Michael Brown of the typo in question. In fact, proving conclusively that FEMA’s institutional difficulties predated his tenure there, the misspelling was the responsibility of FEMA’s HR department. We received an email to that effect earlier today from Michael Brown himself, who says, “those commentators claiming that I can’t spell department should back off.” We can attest to his correct spelling in both that email and the follow-up. Brown: “And see, it does show that I can actually read!”

We now know Brown knows how to spell, so I’m wondering who actually did the typing to pad his resume. It’s to be noted that “International Arabian Horse Association” was spelled correctly in every reference I can find to the now updated FindLaw entry. Props on the update.

posted by Stephen Gordon
  • James Hamilton

    Hmm…so either Micheal Brown reads HoT semi-regularly or someone in his office does. Not to be a paranoid freak, but I think the implications are a little scarier if it was brought to his attention by someone in the office. Maybe it just means there’s a libertarian in FEMA, but that seems kinda unlikely.

  • disinter

    James – he is no longer the FEMA chief…

  • Nicholas Sarwark

    He could have a Google Alert for his name.

  • Brian
  • http://warcriminal.freeservers.com Sol

    I’m glad he reads this blog because I just want to say, Brownie, you’re doing a helluva job.

  • http://www.LPWI.org Rolf Lindgren

    Let’s put Micheal Brown in charge of national health care.

  • Michael D Brown

    Well, folks, I do read these blogs a lot. Not that I always agree with them or subscribe to their philosophies, but am a little libertarian. But, the thing that irritates me the most is the comment about padding the resume. I did not pad the resume, and everything on the resume was and is correct. If you search the Accuracy in Media (www.aim.org) website you’ll see an article by my attorney pointing to the evidence about the resume issues. Now I know most of you have never been to the AIM website, but hey, if I can read this, you can read that one! Better yet, maybe Stephen will have the guts to post it. it…Or, I can always tell my attorney to provide it to you. MDB

  • http://libertarianyouth.blogspot.com Nigel Watt

    Of course he’d have an alert for his name – anybody with authority in the government would.

    Since Brown’s already here, mightn’t it be a good idea to have an open post where he could answer folks’ questions about everything? My impression is that he was not nearly as much to blame for the fiasco as Bush and others with more power were, and I’d like to actually hear his side.

  • disinter

    I agree with Nigel… lets give him a forum to give his side.

  • Michael Hampton

    Welcome to Hammer of Truth. We tend to hit pretty hard. :)

    I’ve always been of the opinion that moving FEMA into the Department of Titanic Deck Chair Rearranging was a mistake, and I’ve also been of the opinion that it was Michael Chertoff who should have resigned.

  • Stephen VanDyke

    Michael D. Brown: Perhaps your resume wasn’t padded per se, but it seems apparent that you misconstrued your prior positions. From the TIME article that cut you off at the knees:

    Before joining FEMA, his only previous stint in emergency management, according to his bio posted on FEMA’s website, was “serving as an assistant city manager with emergency services oversight.” The White House press release from 2001 stated that Brown worked for the city of Edmond, Okla., from 1975 to 1978 “overseeing the emergency services division.” In fact, according to Claudia Deakins, head of public relations for the city of Edmond, Brown was an “assistant to the city manager” from 1977 to 1980, not a manager himself, and had no authority over other employees. “The assistant is more like an intern,” she told TIME.

    Again, bio padding vs resume padding is just semantics.

    As the publisher here at Hammer of Truth, we are open to giving you equal time to respond to the allegations of cronyism and political favoritism that has plagued you since the Katrina debacle. If you’re game to it, we would provide some to-the-point questions that should allow you to set the record straight.

  • Michael Hampton

    In other news, I went over to Accuracy in Media, and found only one article. And this rather sparse resume on FindLaw.

  • Stephen Gordon

    MDB: If the Time article, wikipedia entry and such are inaccurate, I’d love to help you clear the record. Either Stephen VanDyke or I will post anything you have to offer in your defense — even if we don’t agree with it.

    I’m working with an AIM VIP on a different project right now, so I’ll do some snooping to see if I can come up with some additional information that wasn’t placed in that article.

    Also, I’d be happy to do a tape recorded interview if you’d prefer not to handle it online. Just name a location in the DC area — I’ll be back in town next week.

    We do like to be accurate around here.

  • Michael Hampton

    A few more notes, now that I’ve actually had time to read all the comments:

    If you publish something on the Internet, people are going to read it. As this example demonstrates, the very people you’re talking about may well drop by and read what you’re saying. Or they could read it months or years later.

    In my case, I write knowing that the Department of Homeland Security is paying a PR firm hundreds of dollars an hour to read every post I publish. Why they don’t bother to read it themselves is beyond me…

    As for Wonkette, I don’t believe for a minute any claim of “exclusive” they put up.

    Finally… the federal government is unlikely to provide help in most cases of flooding.