In an attempt to provide an effective response to the California wildfires, and most likely “compensate” for the inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina, the LA Times reports that FEMA held a last-minute news conference, offering reporters 15 minutes to attend or call in. However, when no reporters showed up, the agency admitted to providing stand-ins to ask questions and a video feed.
According to ABC News, one FEMA staffer, posing as a reporter, asked a toughie: "Are you happy with FEMA's response so far?" FEMA's Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson responded, "I'm very happy with FEMA's response so far.”
The media patiently awaits the outcome of the Hulu launch. According to the New York Times, NBC and Fox will start testing their much critiqued new media site, Hulu.com, with select users and begin sending its videos to the sites of five distribution partners: Microsoft, AOL, MySpace, Yahoo, and Comcast.
Sister publication DM News reports that Meredith, in partnership with Comcast, will launch Parents TV in December. The show will be produced in-house by Meredith Video Solutions and available on Comcast's On Demand service.
Tradition beats quality at the box office. Saw IV, the latest in a series of the Halloween “classic,” was the third straight No. 1 opener for the franchise, reports the Los Angeles Times.
If Facebook members below the age of 18 could vote, the 2008 election would probably take an interesting turn. According to the New York Times, Colbert's 1 Million Strong group gained 750,000 members in less than a week, while Barack Obama's 1 Million Strong Group took more than 8 months to get 380,000 members.