Hurricane Florence another opportunity to bash Trump

Thursday, September 13, 2018
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WP blames Trump for Hurricane FlorenceSomedays it's hard to understand the mainstream media. One day they think President Donald Trump is a simpleton incapable of running the country – and the next they accuse him of having superhuman abilities.

The Washington Post took a break on Tuesday from portraying the president as weak and ineffective. In an op-ed titled "Another hurricane is about to batter our coast. Trump is complicit," the WP credited the president with the ability to control the weather – or at least said he should be blamed for it.

"You've got to be kidding me," says Don Irvine of Accuracy in Media. "They're trying to tie the hurricane, the weather together with President Trump, as if he controls the weather? It was just crazy. It was upside down."

The op-ed blames Trump for the energy-producing warm water in the Atlantic, because he doesn't believe in global warming and pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accords:

"... [W]hen it comes to extreme weather, Mr. Trump is complicit. He plays down humans' role in increasing the risks, and he continues to dismantle efforts to address those risks," says the op-ed. "It is hard to attribute any single weather event to climate change. But there is no reasonable doubt that humans are priming the Earth's systems to produce disasters."


According to Irvine, the blame-game has only begun. "They're already jumping ahead of the thing, saying [that] whatever the damage is going to be done, this is going to be President Trump's fault," he says.

Irvine notes that it seems Republicans are always on the hook for hurricane damage – no matter who's president. "[But] particularly when it's a Republican president in office, there's more blame to go around when things go awry on the hurricane than when a Democrat's in office," he states.

The reality, says Accuracy in Media, is that it is "wildly inaccurate to blame every major storm on climate change as the media is prone to do – but it provides a convenient excuse to further their climate change agenda."


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