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Kurtz: How Puerto Rico new rage unleashed on President Trump
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the media action Trump a miss with a storm of criticism, as hurricane Florence looms.
How the media blast dire warnings about the destructive force of hurricane Florence, are you also from at the beginning of a familiar ritual with a President Trump.
This is the charge that he is not very good at handling these things.
The storm has not even country, and we are here to hear again that Trump is lousy in emergency management and that he is tone-deaf when it comes to the provision of help and comfort.
As this Politico headline put it yesterday, “to Embrace Trump fights, Comforter-in-Chief role.”
Now this was a great story last year. While FEMA was credited with an excellent job done to the monster hurricanes in Texas and Florida, there was constant carping that Trump’s show, the right level of empathy, that he does not Wade into the masses and embrace people. This, of course, is not his style—he is not a feel-your-pain guy like Bill Clinton or Barack Obama—and it does not fit into the traditional idea of how a politician should behave. (And, of course, it was the media tantrum about Melania stand out in stilettos to the flood-ravaged Houston.)
But then Puerto Rico came, that was absolutely devastated by a hurricane, was so thoroughly destroyed, the power grid, the electricity was still not restored fully until recently. Trump was sharply criticized for throwing paper towels in a crowd of people there. And while it is a fair criticism that the administration was not concentrated so much attention on the Puerto Rico disaster, not even the media— until they turned it into a trump-is-screws.
CNN’s Jeff Toobin, you are not turning it into a racist argument: “you are white people, and they are not Donald Trump so much as the death of white people.” So why are the deaths of Puerto-Ricans— are, of course, the Americans—a small fraction of the reporting, such as those in Florida and Texas? And by the way, a government would have struggled with the rubble on the poverty-stricken area.
What is the trigger for the latest round of criticism of a FEMA briefing in Florence, at the Trump boasted of was the situation. “I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible unsung success”, said the President, tweeted that his government had a “unappreciated great job” on the island.
Well, it took not a long time, journalists suggest that nearly 3,000 people died in the storm, a tragic figure, the only recently officially confirmed, after the ridiculous early estimate of less than 100. And the President kind of stepped in it to not indicate.
This, in turn, a feud from last year, with San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz trump of ribs for the “despicable” comments and “lack of understanding of the reality.”
And The Washington Post highlighted, a Democratic senator alleged that the Trump management to transfer $10 million from FEMA, the immigration agency’s detention program is a sensitive issue, with Florence on the strike of the Carolinas.
This is fair game for debate, but the increased Political piece, to the broader question of the President’s behavior by its Sept. 11 visit to Shanksville, Pa., where a plane hijacked by terrorists was forced down 17 years ago.
The story noted that “a news photographer took a picture of him made Fans give the festive-looking double fist-pumps on the Asphalt as he exited Air Force One — an image that quickly went viral.”
And: “The contradictory messages the unification of messages to a polarized nation continued to be a pattern for this President to offer his attempts often laced with elements of discord.”
Trump actually delivered a beautifully written speech at Shanksville. But those two seconds came to define the day, because it fit the narrative.
You see, this is a career, a business man, and he doesn’t have the hand-holding instincts are polished politicians. And if the White house is doing a lousy job with Florence, journalists should aggressively report.
It is just to say, the media are full of these stories before the storm makes landfall.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.