New Blog Feature: Dumbest Spokesperson of the Week


This week a spokeswoman for the Treasury Department said the $700 billion figure wasn't based on any objective analysis. "We just wanted a really large number."

This week a spokeswoman for the Treasury Dept. said the $700 billion figure for the Wall St. bailout bill before Congress wasn't based on any objective analysis: "We just wanted to choose a really large number."

In an effort to make Fridays even more entertaining for you at work, going forward, I will bring you my choice for “Dumbest Spokesperson of the Week.”

Now the reporters I work with (and who read this blog) will probably nominate me to win this award at some point, but I will take that risk. Somehow, I think the competition will be pretty strong each week and I won’t have too much to worry about. 

Our inaugural winner is an unnamed spokeswoman for the Treasury Department who told Forbes.com on Tuesday that the $700 billion cost of the Wall Street bailout bill being debated in Washington, D.C. this is a made up figure. “It’s not based on any particular data point,” she said. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”

Really? It’s completely made up?!

Somehow, I don’t think Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the White House were too pleased with this remark. So that’s why this unnamed spokeswoman at the Treasury Department is the winner of my inaugural “Dumbest Spokesperson of the Week” award.

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One response to “New Blog Feature: Dumbest Spokesperson of the Week

  1. That is SO funny. Looking forward to more “Dumbest Spokespersons!”

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