Part 2–What those Flint heroes have said: Last Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its third hearing on Flint.
That evening, Rachel Maddow presented a highly selective account of what occurred at that hearing Like one of Stalin's favorite photographers, she disappeared those parts of the hearing to which we, her liberal viewers, shouldn't be exposed.
Maddow's segment about the hearing consumed seven minutes and 45 seconds. It included almost three minutes of videotape in which Governor Snyder, Maddow's latest favorite demon, was pounded by Democrats Grisham and Cummings.
In this way, we liberals received good solid tribal pleasure. That said, the overall story gets worse:
The head of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, had testified alongside Snyder that day. Maddow never so much as mentioned her name during her segment about thehearing. In her brief acknowledgement that the EPA had been criticized that day, Maddow explained those criticisms as the latest Republican plot.
For details, see yesterday's report.
Uh-oh! In the course of the headlong decline of her enormously broken show, Rachel Maddow has become an overt propagandist. She sifts information for loyal viewers in the same way Hannity has always done over on Fox.
As she mugs and clowns and drums her desk and discussed trivia from her own life, she devotes herself to the task of dumbing her liberal viewers down. Rather plainly, it's time for a change at the TV show through which Maddow has become rich and famous.
What were we liberals protected from hearing on last Thursday night's show? In today's report, let's discuss the things you weren't told if you watched Maddow's program that night. While we're at it, let's mention the things you've never been told in the course of Maddow's ongoing "coverage" of the events in Flint.
Let's start with Rep. Cummings, the ranking Democrat on that House committee.
Last Thursday's hearing started with remarks by Rep. Chaffetz, the committee's Republican chairman. At that point, Cummings took his turn. Here's the first thing he said:
CUMMINGS (3/17/16): Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. And I, too, agree that this is a tragic situation.Troubled victims of Maddow's program will note, perhaps with alarm, that Cummings has already seemed to suggest that the EPA bears some culpability for what happened in Flint. It's a possibility they've never heard expressed on Maddow's ridiculous show, where Governor Snyder is a demon and the EPA, to the extent that it's mentioned at all, is largely fashioned as the good guy in her childish tale.
But let's be clear. This is not just on the EPA. It's much bigger than that. So I take a moment, first of all, to thank LeeAnne Walters, Professor Edwards and to the people of Flint, many of whom have come here today. They're lined all outside these walls, unable to get in, and probably feeling left out.
We've highlighted something else in Cummings' opening passage. In his very first remarks that day, Cummings thanked a pair of widely-hailed "heroes" who emerged from the mess in Flint.
LeeAnne Walters is the Flint resident/parent of four who first alerted the EPA to the apparent problem of lead in the city's water. To read an overview of her role, you can just click here.
Walters contacted the EPA. An EPA analyst who later claimed he was reprimanded by his superiors referred her to Professor Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech.
Operating on his own, Edwards brought a team of researchers to Flint to test the city's water. His testing revealed elevated levels of lead in the water entering Flint homes.
Walters and Edwards are universally hailed as "heroes" of the events in Flint. Last Thursday, Cummings thanked them for their presence at the committee's third hearing.
It was the first thing he said.
That said, how strange! LeeAnne Walters has never appeared on the Maddow Show. According to a Nexis search, her name has been uttered by Maddow just once. That occurred on February 3, in a brief account of Walters' testimony to that House committee that day.
LeeAnne Walters has never appeared on the Maddow Show. Last Thursday night, a voracious cable news viewer got a chance to see why.
Uh-oh! Last Thursday night, Walters appeared with the horrible Anderson Cooper on a competing "news channel." Asked about the EPA, Walters said the sorts of things you simply aren't allowed to hear on Maddow's corporate program.
So you'll know, the MDEQ is the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. That's the state agency which, by all accounts, bungled massively in the confusing chain of events which fouled the tap water of Flint:
COOPER (3/17/16): You confronted the EPA Chief Gina McCarthy today after the hearing. What did you want to hear from her, or hope to hear from her?According to Walters, the MDEQ is primarily at fault for what happened at Flint. But she says the EPA bears blame too.
WALTERS: Well, I don't agree with the fact she would not take any responsibility on the EPA's shoulders today for what has transpired. I mean the MDEQ is primarily at fault for this, but EPA plays a part in it too and does share blame. And I actually confronted her face-to-face about some of her testimony, because what she was saying was a lie.
If you want to see what McCarthy's alleged "lie" was, you can peruse the CNN transcript. That said, comments like these are not allowed on Maddow's clownish program. Homey don't play it that way!
Walters committed a second heresy that night; we'll discuss that second disallowed view before the week is through. It should also be said that Walters is white, and Maddow has largely played the mess in Flint as a tribally pleasing racial story, thus adding to Snyder's villainy.
(In the 2010 census, Flint was 57% black, 37% white. In any way, does "race" explain Walters' absence from Maddow's program? We have no way of knowing that. If you think that couldn't be part of the story, we think you're being naive.)
Uh-oh! Walters criticized the EPA. She even said McCarthy's name, and that McCarthy had lied!
We can't tell you if that's a fair charge; very few facts about this mess have emerged from the nation's news orgs, including the indolent Maddow Show. But uh-oh! Professor Edwards, the second hero, had already appeared last Thursday night on the PBS NewsHour.
Edwards' remarks made LeeAnne Walters sound like an EPA spokesman.
Warning! You might want to send the kids from the room at this point. Professor Edwards has been in conflict with the EPA for years, in a variety of locales. As you're about to see, he is a virulent critic of the EPA's conduct.
There is no "medium cool" to Professor Edwards. Rightly or wrongly, he's one of the "hottest" experts you'll ever see on TV. We can't tell you if his various judgments are right, but we can assure you of this:
If Professor Edwards said things like this about Governor Snyder, he'd be Maddow's co-host by now. This is part of what he said on last Thursday's NewsHour:
WOODRUFF (3/17/16): Professor Marc Edwards, you were asked to go in and look at the Flint water situation, what, almost a year ago, by a family that lived there. What would you add to where the responsibility lies here?Oof. Simply put, you aren't allowed to hear such things on the Maddow Show.
EDWARDS: It's very clear that Governor Snyder was guilty of not listening to the complaints of residents of Flint and he was guilty of being overly trusting of both the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA, and he’s accepted that blame. I mean, he called it his Katrina. And he also now wants to be part of the solution.
But I think the thing that concerns me most is EPA's testimony, which I find to be outrageous and Orwellian.
WOODRUFF: In what way?
EDWARDS: Well, I mean for example, they said the EPA whistleblower’s memo that blew the lid off this back in July was inconclusive, when in fact it proved that the entire city was in danger.
And even more outrageous is, they have claimed that they warned Flint residents in July that the water was not safe to drink when in fact, when Virginia Tech, our team, tried to warn people in July, August, and September that the water was unsafe, we had to fight the EPA.
EPA said nothing to back us up. So they are a major part of what went wrong in Flint, and for them to sit there and act like they’ve done nothing went wrong is, again, outrageous and Orwellian.
WOODRUFF: Well, we should point out that we did invite the EPA to participate in the discussion tonight, to come on for an interview, and they declined our request.
Is Edwards right about the EPA? We can't tell you that. That said, you might want to see what he told the House committee last Tuesday, when he testified during its second formal hearing.
Maddow never reported on last Tuesday's hearing at all. Imaginably, that may be because of Edwards' unacceptable comments.
Four people testified last Tuesday. That included Susan Hedman, the EPA official who resigned in January as a result of Flint.
Hedman read her opening statement. In his subsequent opening statement, Edwards referred to what Hedman had said.
Edwards is not an EPA fan. Here's part of what he said:
EDWARDS (3/15/16): After hearing the testimony of Susan Hedman this morning, I can't help but comment on the qualities that seem to be valued in administrators at the EPA.Is Edwards right in what he says? We don't know how to answer that. But watching the Maddow Show means never having to worry or wonder about what these heroes have said.
Willful blindness, in this case to the pain and suffering of Flint residents. Unremorseful for their role in creating this man-made disaster. And completely unrepentant and unable to learn from their mistakes.
Ms. Hedman said EPA had nothing to do with creating Flint. EPA had everything to do with creating Flint. Malfeasance at the U.S. EPA from 2001 to the present has harmed cities all over the United States.
EPA, and other agencies, caused a similar lead in water crisis in Washington, D.C., from 2001 to 2004 that actually was twenty to thirty times worse in terms of the health harm to children in Washingon, D.C. And they completely covered that up for six years and wrote falsified scientific reports, and it created a climate in which "anything goes" across the United States, anything at all, to cover up health harm from lead in drinking water.
I was not surprised when Flint occurred. I was expecting a Flint to occur.
If a landlord were to engage in similar practices, and through their negligence to allow even a single child to be exposed to lead paint risk, the EPA would argue for prosecution and incarceration.
Yet EPA has allowed entire cities to be unnecessarily exposed to elevated lead in their drinking water, and they've covered up evidence of their unethical actions by authoring these falsified scientific reports...
Maddow completely ignored last Tuesday's hearing. That evening, her owners had her perched beside Brian Williams (what a pair!), offering hours of useless blather in the course of releasing ten minutes worth of election results.
Maddow adopts a grown-up pose when perched alongside Williams. On Wednesday night, she returned to her eponymous show and resumed her patented clowning.
Despite her vast concern about Flint, Maddow didn't mention Tuesday's hearing. Tomorrow, we'll show you the kinds of mugging and clowning with which she pleasured us liberals instead.
Except when it comes to hiding such news as might offend the true belief of a 9-year-old, Maddow's behavior on the air has become more and more erratic.
We think it's very much time for a change on her ridiculous TV show. On Thursday, we'll ask one final question:
Is it also possibly time to get her a bit of help?
Tomorrow: Last Wednesday's mugging and clowning
The statements you aren't allowed to see: When you're in Maddow's capable hands, you're never allowed to see or hear criticism of the EPA.
Walters has never appeared on the show. Edwards has never appeared for an interview. If you want to see what you're missing, just click here, then move ahead to the 49-minute mark.
You can see Edwards' five-minute opening statement from last Tuesday's hearing. Rightly or wrongly, he delivered a blistering, angry indictment of the EPA.
On the Maddow program, you're in the hands of Our Own Sean Hannity. She keeps you from seeing, or thinking about, such heretical incorrect work.