Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
The New York Times featured another jab at that reliable target of liberal media loathing, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Reporters have been tittering at the thought of the fiscal conservative being obliged to change his tune to secure help for his home state of Texas, battered by Hurricane Harvey. NYT reporter Matt Flegenheimer took his turn in Saturday's “Trump and Harvey Push Cruz to Adjust His Style.” The online headline was slightly smarmy: “Ted Cruz 2.0? Senator Adjusts With Trump in Office and Houston Under Water.”
On Friday's MTP Daily, as MSNBC weather contributor and former ABC News meteorologist Sam Champion talked up his belief that global warming is exacerbating hurricane activity, substitute host Katy Tur managed to throw him off with a predicable question that the liberal weather forecaster nevertheless had difficulty mustering up a response to. Champion was stumped for an answer when Tur wondered: "Sam, I hate to put you on the spot, but what about those who say, 'Hey, listen, we haven't had a big hurricane here in 10 years'?"
Twice this week, PBS's Tavis Smiley show has hosted guests from the far-left The Nation magazine, giving them an unchallenged forum to promote their views of the Trump administration and Republicans. On Tuesday, John Nichols -- promoting his book Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse -- fearmongered about "militant anti-immigration" Attorney General Jeff Sessions having a "nefarious" record on civil rights. He went on to warn of the "awful things" that could be done by the Trump White House that "could reverse decades -- our entire lifetimes, it could reverse the progress that we've made."
In an interview with Channel 4, a British public service television network, American actress Jennifer Lawrence blamed the recent hurricanes on Donald Trump’s voters, because they don't believe in man-made climate change. During the lengthy interview on her new movie Mother!, the conversation turned political about halfway through. After discussing the alleged pay gap between men and women, the interviewer asked Lawrence about climate change and the political climate in America.
Even with Texans still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and Florida residents fearing the worse ahead of Hurricane Irma, journalists seized the moment to promote climate change alarmism. New York Times, ProPublica and Newsweek journalists have been calling for Harvey, which made landfall in Texas on Aug. 25, and Irma, currently predicted to reach Florida by Sept. 9, to be blamed on or linked to manmade climate change.
Reacting to the Trump administration's rescinding of DACA and President Donald Trump's reaction to Hurricane Harvey, several late night comedians on Tuesday smeared President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, making references to evil characters like Dracula, Adolf Hitler and Freddy Krueger. James Corden also invoked "white supremacy" in reference to ending DACA.
New York Times reporter Richard Fausset once again chided the "bizarre" conservative, anti-Washington sentiment of Texas after Hurricane Harvey, seeming to appreciate the red state being brought down a peg in his story for Tuesday’s front page, “After Proudly Defying Washington, Hard-Hit Texas Needs Its Aid.”
The Associated Press couldn't keep race and income out of its coverage of Hurricane Harvey and Houston's recovery from it. Those angles were wholly predictable and tiresome, but the wire service's Juliet Linderman also decided she would tell readers what the establishment press has from all appearances unilaterally and falsely decided should be the conventional wisdom about the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, namely that it "stands as a prime example of urban inequality and environmental injustice." Horse manure.
Appearing as a guest on Monday's MSNBC Live, recurring MSNBC guest Karine Jean-Pierre hyperbolically claimed that ending the DACA program for young illegal immigrants would amount to "enforcing -- advancing a white supremacy agenda" as the left-wing analyst from MoveOn.org commented on predictions that President Donald Trump will likely end the program.
The Sunday after President Trump met with and aided the victims of storm-ravaged Texas, ABC’s Martha Raddatz exploited the natural disaster to lobby for him to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). “The experience of Harvey has been a profound moment in a tumultuous year,” she righteously opined during This Week. “Showing the best of America, but also threatening to expose the cost of the rancor and division that has infected our political life.”
Appearing as a guest on Saturday's CNN Newsroom, CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley was hitting President Donald Trump over promises to cut the budgets of FEMA and the EPA, as the liberal historian called the plans "BS" and wondered how does the President "look at himself in the mirror?"
Was Ronald Reagan the original Washington wizard? Esquire’s Charles Pierce seems to think so. Pierce argued on Wednesday that in the 1980s, an ideological “spell…was cast” by the Gipper and his allies, and that as a result of various right-wing policies enacted since then, Harvey-related damage to the Houston area will be a lot worse than it should have been. “The spell…was cast 30 years ago, when conservative movement politics pitched deregulation as a panacea,” wrote Pierce. “It was cast 30 years ago when conservative movement politics declared that important decisions on things like the environment and public health were better left to the states, despite the fact that many states, like Texas, were unable or unwilling to pay to do these jobs properly.”