After failing to meet with even one victim of Hurricane Harvey during his initial visit to Texas, Trump once again traveled to the Lone Star state in a transparent and staged attempt to revel in the spotlight of being “presidential” during a natural disaster. The media, for its part, willingly covered this blatant overcompensation by the President, which was rewarded, of course, by a cheap shot.
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) September 2, 2017
Trump simultaneously praised the United States Coast Guard for saving nearly 11,000 people during the hurricane and admonished the media for not “going into winds” that the Coast Guard went into.
“[The media] will not go into those winds. Unless it’s a really good story, in which case they will.”
Trump seems to overlook the fact that it is not the media’s job to save people from hurricane-force winds. It is, however, the media’s job to report – as safely as possible – from the scene so that Americans can be informed. As a result of their reporting, the nation have been able to donate in unprecedented numbers to the relief efforts.
It should be noted, too, that multiple members of the media were directly responsible for saving peoples’ lives by virtue of their reporting.
While Trump is busy singing his same song by attacking the press – who has gone above and beyond in their reporting of the devastation in Texas – for not doing the U.S. Navy’s job, keep in mind that he had to come back to Texas because he couldn’t be bothered to meet with a single victim during his first visit. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.