This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a New York Times reporter who concludes that Hurricane Harvey, storming through the Gulf Coast, is hurting President Trump's supporters and that he isn't helping them in avoiding climate change policies.
On MSNBC Monday, Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor discussed her story where she wrote, for example, that the "unleashing of the fossil energy sector that Mr. Trump has championed could have repercussions more immediate than the global climate. In Houston, predominantly African-American neighborhoods like Sunnyside and Pleasantville have been dealing with pollution from the energy sector for years."
On TV Monday, she added:
"I should say I just was reporting in Galveston, Texas, and my story was focused on climate change and on the idea that middle class and poor people would be some of the first people hurt by climate change and there's this idea that these storms, these hurricanes are getting worse and worse, scientists say, and that working class and poor people, poor people that voted for Donald Trump, that are excited about his presidency, that thought his presidency was going to improve their lives, that these are the same people who can't afford to get in their car and drive four or five hours or can't afford a hotel room to try to escape these floods."
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: "Alcindor reminds me of the old headline mocking the New York Times: ‘World to End Tomorrow, Minorities and Poor Hardest Hit.' Her real article could be headlined: ‘Climate Change to End the World, Trump Voters Hardest Hit.' As if a Hillary Clinton presidency, or different policies from Trump, would have prevented Hurricane Harvey or would really impact hurricane formation in the foreseeable future."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org