The front of the Sunday New York Times featured a 3,300 word story from Michael Kimmelman, “Houston After Hurricane Harvey: The Essence of America’s Struggle,” suggesting reckless free market building policies in Houston contributed to the massive damaged caused by Hurricane Harvey -- a reckless liberal charge in itself. Kimmelman’s hostility for Houston’s “runaway development” seeped out on Sunday’s front page: "For years, the local authorities turned a blind eye to runaway development."
After the horrific mass murder of churchgoers in Texas this past Sunday, the media was ready and set to blame guns and gun owners, yet again for the unconscionable violence. But it wasn’t just journalists penning their politically-driven tirades, it was also their paper’s cartoonists too.
On Thursday night, Variety penned a brief item revealing that actress Sandra Bullock has accepted the role of abortion activist, far-left Texas Democrat, and liberal media darling Wendy Davis in a possible film about Davis’s career. Reporter Justin Kroll wrote that Bullock “will star in the spec ‘Let Her Speak’ as Texas senator Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour filibuster helped stall an anti-abortion bill in the Texas state house.”
An interview with Texas Governor Greg Abbott about the horrific church shooting in Sutherland Springs on Monday’s CBS This Morning turned heated as co-host Gayle King made it clear that the only thing she was interested in was using the attack to push for gun control. “So now we’re at place where you get shot at a concert, at a school, at a movie theater, and now, in church. Do you now think that we have to think this is the new normal in this country for the citizens who live here?,” she asked the Republican.
No escape from politics in the NYT: “In Deeply Conservative Texas, a Folksy Voice of Progressivism” by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur made the front page Thursday -- of the Sports section? Yep, the Times has taken ESPN’s lead and allowed liberal politics and cheerleading to infect one of the last nonpoliticized bastions of American life. Macur, a sports reporter, wrote an encomium to Texas liberal sportscaster Dale Hansen.
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 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.”
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.”
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.”
During an interview Friday afternoon with Texas Congressman John Culberson – who was calling in from his flooded out district while trying to help storm victims – MSNBC host Craig Melvin amazingly devoted half the segment to grilling the Republican on news that the President may rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for young illegal immigrants. The anchor even went so far as to label an end to the policy as a “catastrophe” on par with Hurricane Harvey.
After moving the goal posts on President Trump’s Hurricane Harvey response on Thursday, on Friday’s CBS This Morning, correspondent Major Garrett doubled down on his attack on the commander-in-chief’s visit to Texas. Noting Vice President Mike Pence touring the storm damage on Wednesday, Garrett sneered: “Mr. Trump was cheered, but kept his distance from suffering and devastation, while his Vice President did exactly the opposite.”
Showing the timeliness and sensitivity it’s renowned for, the political left is using the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey in Houston to excoriate it as an example of an untrammeled free market run amok, and suggests such laissez-faire policies made the damaging storm even more dangerous. The front page of Thursday’s New York Times featured Manny Fernandez and Richard Fausset's “A Limitless City, Now Envisioning New Limitations -- Progress, With a Price -- A History of Sprawl at Odds With the Forces of Nature.” From that liberal headline you know what's coming. Sure enough Fernandez, who finds Texans “ultraconservative” and shifting “further to the far right,” thinks Houston's free-market policies have doomed it to environmental danger.