January 23, 2016

Never mind that the municipal officials were powerless to do anything about this after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, against the will of the voters in his state, acted like a dictator and appointed an "emergency manager" to handle the city's affairs. Never mind that state governments are the ones responsible for implementing the rules and for attaining the standards set by the EPA.

Never mind that there are questions about whether the state altered a Flint lead report in order to avoid exceeding federal drinking water standards. The yappers over on Fox "news" don't care about any of that, and are determined to give cover to Gov. Rick Snyder, just as we saw earlier this week from his enablers over on Morning Jihad.

Here's Bill-O's henchman, Jesse Watters and his cohorts on Fox's The Five, attacking Hillary Clinton for supposedly "politicizing" the debacle, and trying to pin everything on the Feds and local city government, rather than the governor, where the blame belongs. You've got to love Perino carping about just that and then in the next breath complaining that President Obama didn't go to Flint to speak. What do you think they'd have said about it if he did?

JESSE WATTERS: A new development on the polluted water disaster in Flint, Michigan. For years the left has told Americans that they are on the ones that will keep the water clear, they are the ones who cared about safe drinking water. Remember? […]

WATTERS: And Hillary Clinton just last weekend playing the race card, saying the Republican governor didn't care! […]

WATTERS: Well guess what, it was also the Obama administration that dropped the ball, President Obama's EPA. How do we know this? The EPA administrator overseeing the water crisis in Flint has just resigned, so it's clear, Dana, that the Republicans want polluted water, we want the water to be dirty so everybody drinks it and gets sick, isn't that what everybody is saying?

PERINO: It makes for a great sound bite in front of a crowd at a Democratic debate, but when you actually put the details of this story out, it's criminal to talk about it in a political way, and you have a failure at every level of government, the city, the state and now the EPA at the federal government. Basically the question is, did the EPA at that regional level, the woman who resigned, had that region of the country under her care, did they bury the info and did they not step in when they knew that they should have?

In addition, the governor already fired somebody. In January, early January, he asked President Obama to declare the area a disaster because they needed additional funds in order to help remedy the situation. President Obama didn't sign that for two weeks. Yesterday, or this week, I think Wednesday, President Obama went to Detroit for the auto show and could have gone to Flint, Michigan, and I think they usually make the right decisions on those things. I think the White House really missed an opportunity there.

WATTERS: It seems like the Environmental Protection Agency is not protecting the environment. They're actually polluting the environment. I mean, they did this in Colorado. They turned the river there bright orange. I think we have that picture. Oops. That was a mistake. That was an accident and then all of the sudden in a Democratic city, no one can drink any water, and the EPA sat on this, and everyone's getting sick.

And the President won't even go there Bolling? What's that about? […]

WATTERS: That's right it's turning into Mexico, you can't drink the water and the government is corrupt.

h/t Media Matters

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