In Houston the water has not yet crested, but that hasn’t stopped Politico from smearing the people who are still in a life-or-death situation. As the media focuses on the obvious real stories from the areas affected by Harvey, like Donald Trump’s words and Melania Trump’s shoes, Politico takes gutter journalism a step further. By publishing a political cartoon that attacks victims of flooding, Politico has found a new low in journalism.
How low did they go? So low that they deleted their tweet with the cartoon. But as always, screenshots are forever:
Get it? LOL. Texans are a proud, redneck, independent sort, so it’s totally ironic that they need government to save them.
Here’s the reality that destroys Politico’s narrative: The cartoon’s message couldn’t be further from the truth.
The real story from Harvey, like it is after almost all natural disasters in this country, is how everyday people rise to the occasion and help others and themselves in their most trying hours of need.
Everyday Texans, including some with Confederate flags, jumped at the chance to help their neighbors, without regard to race, creed, or political persuasion. When the government authorities were overwhelmed and could not rescue people, who did they call? Texans with boats. Those Texans, many of them, gasp, possible rednecks, heeded the call.
Not only is this Politico farce horribly wrong in tone, it is dead wrong on the facts.
People from all sides and all walks of life are attacking Politico for this cartoon. Here are a few from Twitter.
Houston and Harris County went hard for Hillary. Grind your ax somewhere else. pic.twitter.com/uwoEvQZ5BR— The leaks are real (@kylejack) August 30, 2017
PEOPLE ARE **LITERALLY** DROWNING IN PORT ARTHUR & in case you didn't notice for ever ONE govt rescue there were TEN CIVILIANS so STFU.— TParty Infidel Annie (@bloodless_coup) August 30, 2017
On behalf of Texas, fuck you— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) August 30, 2017
A) Houston is a blue city B) You've lost the right to criticize Jerry Falwell's reprehensible post-9/11 statements with this hypocrisy.— Tara Ann Thieke (@TaraAnnThieke) August 30, 2017
Line of volunteers, also known as angels. pic.twitter.com/Rk79DboWD7— Maureen Muller (@welovemath) August 30, 2017
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All of those responses came BEFORE Politico removed the tweet. The team at Politico did this with no explanation or clarification, and the offending cartoon as of 4:00 p.m. E.T. is still on the Politico website.
Politico’s super-woke cartoonist, Matt Wuerker, is defending himself on Twitter, and it isn’t going that well for him.
Respectfully--- it's making fun of the Secessionist movement. Not at all aimed at all Texans. https://t.co/aI4RxRNjFm— Matt Wuerker (@wuerker) August 30, 2017
Just trying to point out times like this we're lucky to have rescue services. Don't see how this takes away from private individuals heroism https://t.co/Tk4xCqyV0v— Matt Wuerker (@wuerker) August 30, 2017
Get that? He’s just trying to point out how great the Coast Guard is.
Sorry, Matt, but what you were “trying to point out” was the artistic equivalent of the tired “but Somalia” argument. That is, anyone who criticizes government for being too large obviously wants no government. It is a fallacy.
You did this while people were still being rescued and still in harm’s way.
Trash like this, masquerading as art, from the Acela corridor crowd, is exactly why Americans hate the media.
With his unrelenting defense of himself, Wuerker proves he just doesn’t get it.
Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC. If you see something you’d like him to cover, tweet him @robeno.