Fox News, the propaganda outlet of the Republican Party and information organization that brought “fake news” to the mainstream, just went on an all-out attack against victims of Hurricane Maria.
The context of these remarks is important: Trump, yesterday, felt that it would be appropriate to attack the Mayor of San Juan and other victims of Hurricane Maria, later confronting criticism against the mayor within his handling of this disaster. It’s notable that Trump dismissed the hurricane for four days, opting instead to tweet, play golf and take jabs at the NFL.
Fortunately for Trump, Fox News has apparently now made it their objective to reinforce the false story being spewed on Twitter by Trump. Have we achieved the pinnacle of partisan hackery now, together with Fox News attacking hurricane victims on behalf of this Republican White House occupant?
Disgraced reporter Geraldo Rivera, who had been taken out of the front after live-broadcasting American troop positions during the Iraq war, just attacked the mayor with a hostile line of questioning designed to downplay the degree of disaster in Puerto Rico. He actually forced her to describe what “expiring” means.
The meeting starts off well enough, with Rivera asking her, “How are you feeling about what’s happening?
She answers, “Well, the aid isn’t getting here as quickly as it should be getting here. There are people at all municipalities literally starving, dehydrating.”
That is where it begins to really go off the rails. Rivera queries, his tone becoming more hostile. “I’ve been traveling about. I don’t see people dying.”
“Well dying is a continuum,” the mayor responds slowly as if speaking to a child. “If you don’t get fed for seven, eight days and you’re a child, you are dying. If you have 11 people — like we took out of a nursing home — severely dehydrated, you are dying.”
Rivera immediately cut her off: “Do you wish you had characterized that a little more…?”
“I said it the way it is,” she bluntly responds.
For Geraldo Rivera and Fox News, starving children are not enough. They want a few bodies. It is simply true that the Trump administration didn’t react soon enough to this emergency. Trump didn’t possess a single assembly with advisers on Puerto Rico for days after landfall.
Half the aid was sent that has been shipped to Haiti — and we had a warning to Puerto Rico. There is no excuse for this and Fox’s effort to cover up the humanitarian catastrophe on behalf of the Trump administration is disgusting.