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Sun Oct 1, 2017, 06:22 PM Oct 2017

Leaked White House Memo Details Puerto Rico Spin: The Storm Caused These Problems, Not Our Response [View all]

The memo:

I recommend that today and tomorrow we use the general theme of supporting the governor and standing with the people of Puerto Rico to get them food, water, shelter and emergency medical care. Monday and Tuesday we can pivot hopefully to a theme of stabilizing as we address temporary housing and sustaining the flow of commodities and basic government services, including temporary power. After that we focus on restoration of basic services throughout next week and next weekend. Then we start a theme of recovery planning for the bright future that lies ahead for Puerto Rico. Planned hits, tweets, tv bookings and other work will limit the need for reactionary efforts.

The storm caused these problems, not our response to it. We have pushed about as much stuff and people through a tiny hole in as short a timeframe as possible.

From the article:
Meanwhile, it didn’t take my colleague AJ Vicens long to find a town in Puerto Rico entirely cut off from the help Bossert asserts is making such a difference on the island.

“You are the first person to come here,” a woman told him. According to residents Vicens interviewed, none of the 10,000 federal workers on the island had made it to Ciales, just 45 minutes from San Juan, by the time he got there yesterday. People in the town described a scene of utter desperation. (Follow Vicens on Twitter for regular updates from the island.)

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It's all spin to them mcar Oct 2017 #1
Exactly! Rhiannon12866 Oct 2017 #2
Fucking bastards. tymorial Oct 2017 #10
+1 iluvtennis Oct 2017 #23
After reading about the "spin" and the "upbeat 'themes'" in Bossert's memo . . . Petrushka Oct 2017 #17
Never was spin more necessary to keep the citizenry from Dark n Stormy Knight Oct 2017 #22
They executed that spin precisely oberliner Oct 2017 #3
Brock Long, Trump's FEMA appointee, recited ALL of this almost verbatim on Chris Wallace's show anneboleyn Oct 2017 #6
Trump's Katrina . Americans get it The Republicans/Trump just didn't give a shit rockfordfile Oct 2017 #20
So, the Trump administration is planning on running a con to deceive Americans. procon Oct 2017 #4
They have already been lying -- using vague phrasing, unchecked assertions, playing down anneboleyn Oct 2017 #7
Of course they're running a con. Still In Wisconsin Oct 2017 #15
I posted Brock Long's spin earlier (head of FEMA, Trump appointee). It's "their fault" as they anneboleyn Oct 2017 #5
People who believe only what they want to are easy suckers. I read about Hortensis Oct 2017 #8
I wonder if San Francisco or Seattle would get much help in a disaster... pangaia Oct 2017 #19
BIG point! Assuming an event was isolated there, they'd get lots, regardless of Hortensis Oct 2017 #21
Remember when America couldn't be stopped by logistics? Taking care of sinkingfeeling Oct 2017 #9
Send Geraldo Rivera to Ciales n/t B Stieg Oct 2017 #11
When is the media going to go to these little towns DK504 Oct 2017 #12
Becaus then they would have no food, no water, no shelter or basic medical care. Volaris Oct 2017 #13
The moment that these asshats start talking SonofDonald Oct 2017 #14
Of course you see that this memo has SonofDonald Oct 2017 #16
The buck stops over there somewhere. calimary Oct 2017 #18
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