Over at Hotair.com, conservative Jazz Shaw weighs in on the Flint poisoned-water debacle, denouncing liberals who put sole blame on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. After all, Shaw writes, there is plenty of blame to be also shared with the Democratic mayor and the Democratic president’s EPA.
He’s right, but this sort of partisan finger-pointing is not exactly a new phenomenon. Shaw’s compatriots at National Review, for instance, rushed to affix the blame on the Democrats and linking the Flint water scandal to Democratic governance writ large. The same thing happened with Katrina — conservatives blamed the Democratic mayor and governor; liberals blamed the Republican president.
And just as with Katrina, the truth is glaringly obvious. On the question of whether it was the Democrats or the Republicans who failed, the answer is yes. Yes, they all failed. The incompetence and dereliction of duty ignored all lines of party and of jurisdiction. Snyder, Obama, and Flint mayor Karen Weaver all have much to answer for.
But Shaw also touches upon one of the more arrogant and dangerous trends in liberal media today. I say “liberal media” because the trend really does seem restricted to left-of-center media. Specifically, liberal media of a globalist bent, or what grubby populists like me call “neoliberal.” The Washington Post included these six deadly words in their report:
“Here’s what you need to know.”
This is also known as the official motto of the “explainer” piece. The piece that quite literally wants to control how you think about the news.