I’ve heard reporters on both CNN and NPR today refer to today’s statement as a “reversal” of yesterday’s statement.
True or not, that’s the impression that’s been left, and it hasn’t been created by crazed bloggers - it’s been created by Napolitano’s statements.
Part of the job in such positions is to be able to get in front of a camera and give a clear, concise and accurate presentation of events. Napolitano didn’t succeed. She isn’t the first person holding similar positions to be taken to task for misspeaking or for not speaking clearly, and she won’t be the last.
The outcome, like it or not, is a lingering whiff of incompetence added to what is rapidly growing into a stinking miasma of incompetence spanning the entire intelligence community responsible for airline safety. All the more reason to view this pair of clumsy statements askance.