Reporting from Puerto Rico, Geraldo Rivera is challenging the media’s narrative of a lackluster response by the Trump administration to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
“Interviewed MD’s yesterday There is
#NoCholera in #PuertoRico Shame on @paulkrugman & #NYT Hatred of @realDonaldTrump allows reckless lies” Geraldo tweeted late Sunday night in response to a Krugman allegation that Trump was to blame for a cholera outbreak that was never confirmed on the island.
In a series of tweets, Geraldo confirmed reports from media outlets before the narrative turned to one about Trump.
“If massive relief effort doesn’t fix crumbling antiquated neglected infrastructure&incompetent corrupt management it’ll all break next storm” said Geraldo in a tweet.
This corroborates reports from Politico, NPR and the Wall Street Journal.
The supplies have arrived, but getting aid to where it needs to go is “being hampered by heavy damage to roads, computer systems and other critical infrastructure,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Puerto Rico’s weak infrastructure will make it difficult to provide the aid that it desperately needs,” NPR reported on Sept. 22. “Well before this year’s series of historically powerful hurricanes, Puerto Rico already had a notoriously fickle power supply and crushing debt.”
The media’s narrative shifted early last week to placing a lion’s share of the blame on the Trump administration’s response, rather than the failures of Puerto Rican government officials in fortifying their crumbling infrastructure before the storm.
“You ask ‘how do I help
#PuertoRico?’ Avoid government-Give to faith-based organizations-They’re closest to people-less corrupt & incompetent” tweeted Geraldo.
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