The vast majority of folks have been intelligent enough to put the partisan hats away for awhile in the wake of Harvey’s devastation.
As always, there are exceptions to that rule, and we’ve seen some incredibly ugly commentary that’s tough to comprehend.
While it’s apparently too hard for those that engage in such behavior to see, not everything in life needs to revolve around political talking points.
Really, it’s true. The concept of political debate is not going away anytime soon, and the world will be just fine without your hot takes for at least a little while.
MSNBC’s Katy Tur is among those that haven’t gotten the memo. Thankfully, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was able to deftly set her straight on live television.
Independent Journal Review passes along what happened.
“A final question, senator, I know you’re busy and I want to let you get back to doing everything you can out there,” MSNBC host Katy Tur said. “But a lot of people are pointing out that you voted against aid for Sandy after that catastrophic storm up in the Northeast, that package back in 2012. They’re pointing at you and they’re pointing at you and saying, ‘You’re asking for money now when you weren’t willing to help the people in the Northeast.’ What do you have to say to them?” she asked.
Wow, what edgy ‘journalism.’ Viewers that turned in were undoubtedly captivated by Tur displaying the courage to ask such a pointed question that was at the top of the mind of all that tuned in.
Or not. Does Tur really think anyone tuned in to MSNBC at that particular point in time to see her attempt to raise her own profile with a ‘gotcha’ question?
Here’s the answer: No, they didn’t. They tuned in for an update on the devastation, and they were treated to seeing the journalistic stylings of a host that has no concept of there being a time and a place for things.
Thankfully, Cruz set her straight.
“Well, look, there’s time for political sniping later,” Ted Cruz said before Tur cut him off. “I think our focus needs to be on this crisis and this disaster…”
Tur wasn’t done of course. She continued to press the issue, and Cruz was left with no choice but to educate her.
“It’s not really political sniping, senator,” Tur said, objecting. “These are people who needed money and who needed funding after this storm. I covered many of these people, many of them, just like in Houston, lost absolutely everything they owned.”
“Well, Katie, Katie, of course, that’s right,” Cruz responded. “And the accurate thing to say is that I, and a number of others, enthusiastically and emphatically supported hurricane relief for Sandy. Hurricane relief and disaster relief has been a vital federal role for a long, long time and it should continue.”
“The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork. Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy. And what I said then, and still believe now, is that it’s not right for politicians to exploit a disaster and people are hurting to pay for their own political wish list. Disaster relief needs to be focused on the victims of disaster relief. And I supported that for Sandy, disaster relief there, and I would support that anywhere there’s a major disaster without getting distracted by political unnecessary pork spending.”
Memo to Tur: Facts are our friends when it comes to presenting information to viewers and readers.
It’s common knowledge that there was opposition to the Sandy bill due to it being ridiculously packed with unnecessary expenditures.
Perhaps she’ll take the time to research that now that she has been put in her place on live television.
Tur rocketed to fame during the 2016 presidential campaign. She was tasked with trailing then-candidate Donald Trump throughout primary season, and she actually did a solid job.
As her profile increased, the liberal bias ingrained over at MSNBC headquarters slowly started to creep into her reporting.
Fast forward to today, and she continues to be considered a rising star at the network.
That’s fantastic, and we sincerely wish her the best, BUT…
There’s a problem for Tur, and it’s one that applies to MSNBC as a whole.
Unless you exist in the liberal echo chamber, the network has devolved to the point of being unwatchable. As such, it’s become imperative to take just about anything that one of the network personalities has to say with a large grain of salt.
MSNBC has found its niche by being as anti-Trump as possible, but it has also turned off a wide swath of potential viewers in the process.
If folks can’t even tune into the network at a time of national crisis without seeing political sniping and ‘hot takes,’ why should they bother to watch it all?
That’s some interesting food for thought for the MSNBC braintrust to mull over.
Source: Independent Journal Review