Wouldn't it be nice if journalists were interested in their profession and actually sought to uncover real information and dispense with the fluff already? Jake Tapper decided the real reason for the Flint water crisis was not paramount and allowed Jeb Bush to praise the Governor of Michigan for his actions ex post facto. This permits the Republican guest to reinforce the lies told by the Tea Party Governor and completely shred the facts.
TAPPER: You ran a state, you've dealt with situations like this, although certainly not one as horrific as what's going on in Flint, what do you think?
BUSH: Well, first of all, I think it's pretty clear that when you have local, state and federal agencies not talking to each other, blaming each other. There's no one being held accountable, you get this result, and it is a tragedy.
I admire Rick Snyder for stepping up right now. He’s going to the challenge, and he’s fired people and accepted responsibility to fix this. This is going to be a long term challenge, but it does point out that we're... we have at twentieth century regulatory system on a twenty first century world
Now that Snyder has pinned the blame on the shoulders of the EPA, the GOP can, en masse, broadcast the false narrative that it wasn't Snyder's Emergency Manager Law. That well-documented stunt was exactly what prompted the budget slashing that allowed for lead to poison the poorest residents in the state. The GOP talking points memo has secured that lie for everyone in their party as well as the complicit and evil media to repeat. Jeb! continued:
BUSH: Someone needs to change how we go about Washington's role in this, where there's more accountability and more transparency so that when reports are done, they're thoroughly vetted. You don't, you know, you don't need insular regulatory agencies that are blaming each other. That's what happened in this case and it's just wrong.
TAPPER: I'm kind of surprised you're praising Gov. Snyder. I understand you're talking about his actions now, but a lot of people are faulting his administration for the last two years.
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BUSH: No, look. I am too. No, what I’m saying though is, instead of saying, "the dog ate my homework” and, “It’s someone else’s fault.” Once it became clear he’s taken the lead now, and that’s exactly what I think leaders have to do.
Obviously in a party where the current front runner is most famous for saying, 'you're fired,' the masses they allegedly serve respect that tactic as a metric for good 'leadership.' Snyder has simply shifted blame from his own malevolent administration to the federal government, and Tapper and most of the complicit, mainstream media are perfectly happy to help other Republicans perpetuate that lie.