Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
The New York Times’ most activist environmental reporter Justin Gillis is leaving the paper, but not before one last Cassandra-style wail on the front of the Science section keyed to the recent major hurricanes that have hit the South: “The Unpredictable Human Factor.” Gillis, who has a knack for getting scary yet inaccurate stories on the paper’s front page, employed a condescending “told you so” tone apparently endemic to environmentalists. And another reporter's front-page story from Miami blamed low taxes and Republicans for the destruction waged by the likes of Hurricane Irma.
The damage from Hurricane Irma may have been less than feared, but the New York Times won’t give up using it as a cynical prod to enact costly legislation and regulation in the name of fighting “climate change” while portraying Republicans as stubborn fools for standing in the way and who will hopefully get swamped by a surging floodtide of public opinion (a prediction the media keeps making, in vain). Alexander Burns reported in Friday’s New York Times, “As Severe Storms Shift Climate Debate, G.O.P. Leaders Remain Unbent."
Here we sit in the comfort of Washington, D.C., and read of the discomfort in Florida. The massive Hurricane Irma moved from the Caribbean up through south Florida, displacing as many as 5 million people. It marched up the west coast, displacing many more. The eye of the storm settled on Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, but it terrified pretty much the whole state, including the largest population of retired Americans gathered anywhere.
Why, oh why, can't you Florida yahoos accept that Hurricane Irma was caused by global warming? That was the desperate but condescending attitude of the UK Guardian reporter Ed Pilkington in his September 11 article about Hurricane Irma which expressed surprise that (GASP!) Floridians did not buy into the global warming dogma as the cause of the storm. His condescension begins with the title of the story, Floridians battered by Irma maintain climate change is no 'big deal':
President Trump was in Fort Myers, Florida on Thursday where he surveyed the damage from Hurricane Irma first hand. He also met with local officials and even served food to some of the survivors. But one could easily miss any mention of the event on ABC’s and NBC’s evening broadcasts since each of those networks only dedicated six seconds to the President’s visit while burying it in reports slamming him.
Celebrities often claim to be concerned about the environment, usually without changing their lavish lifestyles or pollution. During a telethon fundraiser on Sept. 12, for Harvey and Irma relief, celebrities like Beyonce linked manmade climate change to the hurricanes. But the very stars participating in the telethon burn massive amounts of carbon dioxide by their extravagant lifestyles, just as Daily Mail reported on Sept. 13.
The concept that journalists are neutral when it comes to covering the news and issues the country faces today is nothing short of laughable as poll after poll reveals that the “mainstream media” is not trusted by most people across the country. Apparently, CNN's At This Hour host Kate Bolduan hasn’t heard that news since she stated during an interview with Republican Congressman Dave Brat of Virginia on Wednesday that “I don’t have a view!”
Horrible disasters like the recent Category-4 Hurricanes Harvey and Irma focus attention on heart-wrenching stories of lost lives, near misses and property destroyed in the storm or ravaged by looters. They also have an uncanny way of illustrating the many people who will pull together in a crisis and how the benefits of capitalism are often used to help those in need.
The New York Times classless columnist Paul Krugman eagerly swallowed the mainstream media distortion of comments conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made on his program as Hurricane Irma approached to snidely dismiss him as a “terrible person” in “Conspiracies, Corruption And Climate” on Monday. Krugman extended his assault to conservatives and Republicans in general as demonstrated by the column’s text box: “It’s not just Rush: know-nothings are running America.”
Tuesday night’s telethon Hand In Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief was bursting at the seams with celebrities, moving musical performances, and journalists from ABC, CBS, and NBC, so it was all the more disappointing when Beyoncé and Stevie Wonder promoted climate change as having caused Harvey and Irma.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the New York Times advanced the “climate change” agenda from every angle in Tuesday’s edition. First up, the paper featured more odd respect for religion from its colorful left-wing reporter Jason Horowitz, in “Pope, in the Air, Puts Foot Down on Climate Change Denial and DACA Reversal.” The text box: “The pontiff says pro-life believers must defend the unity of the family.” And another Times reporter stuck up for the tasteless global warming warriors using Hurricane Irma to forward "climate change."
Climate alarmist Michael Mann smeared Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) as “inhuman cretins” after it wondered if climate change would get credit for Hurricane Irma being less severe than forecast. IBD published an editorial on Sept. 11, wondering since so many tried to say Hurricane Irma would be a horrific storm because of climate change, would the same factor be invoked now?