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Trump Attacks Media. Houston Journalist Fires Back: Let’s See Him Stand In E. Coli Water Like Reporters Did

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Trump Attacks Media. Houston Journalist Fires Back: Let’s See Him Stand In E. Coli Water Like Reporters Did




In response to President Trump’s latest unprompted and false attack on the media for not covering Hurricane Harvey from the ground “unless there’s a really good story,” a Houston journalist fired back at Trump on Twitter, saying “let’s see him stand in E. coli water reporting for hours like the media does.”

“I’ve had with the insults,” Bill Bishop, the managing editor of KHOU-TV in Houston, tweeted on Sunday after the president took a swipe at the media during a visit to Texas to meet evacuees and volunteers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

He added: “It’s our field crews that were brave. They stand in sewer water. They stand next to toxic chemical plants. To keep the public informed.”



“I hear the Coast Guard saved 11,000 people,” he said during a press conference on Saturday during his second trip to the Houston area. “By going into winds that the media would not go into. They will not go into those winds,” he added with a smirk.

The president’s remarks failed to note the media’s near-constant coverage of the storm in the days prior to and days following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas. Reporters have been on the ground risking life and limb to bring life-saving information to millions of Americans in the path of the storm, as noted by ThinkProgress.

Trump also failed to acknowledge CNN reporter Drew Griffin who witnessed a truck plow into a flooded drainage ditch while they were preparing to conduct a live interview from Beaumont, Texas.

The quick thinking reporter grabbed a rope and rushed to help the man before his truck disappeared under water.

“I want to thank these guys for saving my life,” said Jerry Sumrall, the driver.




ThinkProgress’ Adam Peck notes:

And while nobody is suggesting reporters are any braver than the selfless volunteers who enlist with the coast guard or local fire and police departments, it’s worth noting that reporters are going to places around Houston that even Donald Trump’s own administration officials have yet to tread.

Roughly a dozen potentially dangerous Superfund sites that flooded as a result of Harvey have yet to be inspected by EPA officials, but the Associated Press has already sent teams of reporters to conduct their own inspection of at least seven of them, some by boat.

Donald Trump’s inability to refrain from insulting the media even while on a presidential visit to a city still reeling from the largest storm in recorded U.S. history is both unsurprising and unbecoming. Branding the media “cowards” is especially ironic given Donald Trump’s well-documented efforts to dodge the draft during the Vietnam War, and his repeated shots at actual Army veterans like John McCain and gold star families like the parents of fallen hero Capt. Humayun Khan.

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