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Cable and broadcast news ignored a huge story about FEMA malpractice in Puerto Rico This is just the latest in the media

7 February 2018
: https://www.mediamatters....ico/219305
A New York Times report on February 6 revealed that a FEMA contract that called for 30 million meals to be sent to Puerto Rico resulted in only 50,000 meals actually delivered. The contract was awarded to a company with no history in large-scale disaster relief, the latest in a string of poor contracting decisions in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastation. Despite this, cable and broadcast news networks almost completely ignored the story, with only MSNBC and CBS even mentioning it, albeit briefly.
News networks’ failure to highlight FEMA’s ill-informed contract and the resulting loss in supplies for Puerto Ricans is unfortunately part of a larger pattern of networks ignoring the devastation and neglect of Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria made landfall.

Methodology: Media Matters searched SnapStream for mentions of “Puerto Rico” on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC, ABC, and CBS from February 6, when the Times story was published, until 1 p.m. on February

According to the Times’ report, FEMA awarded an $156 million contract to a company called Tribute Contracting to provide 30 million meals to Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Tiffany Brown, the owner and only employee of the company, had “no experience in large-scale disaster relief,” and had “at least five canceled government contracts in her past.” The Times notes that “by the time 18.5 million meals were due, Tribute had delivered only 50,000,” and the ones that were delivered were packaged incorrectly. FEMA eventually terminated the contract with Tribute.

Months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in September, Puerto Rico remains in desperate need of assistance. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans still lacked electricity as of January 29, 20 percent of the island is still without running water, and there are countless infrastructural problems that have yet to be fixed. Puerto Rico’s recovery has been hampered by governmental incompetence, as well as several contracts with ill-equipped companies, one of which was also made by FEMA.

Cable and broadcast news shows failed to adequately cover the latest setback for Puerto Rico. According to a Media Matters analysis, only MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CBS This Morning mentioned FEMA’s botched meals contract. CBS This Morning spent less than 30 seconds on the story, simply doing a quick headline read about the Times’ article. Morning Joe mentioned the story three times during its February 7 edition, devoting 3 minutes and 14 seconds to the topic. There was no coverage of the story on CNN, ABC, NBC, or Fox News.
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seems things are still very bad in puerto rico.
makes one wonder how the disaster areas are doing here on the main land.

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Reply #1 posted 02/07/18 6:52pm

free2bFreeda2

FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered.
6 February 2018
:
https://www.nytimes.com/2...-rico.html

also:


The White House’s Failure in Puerto Rico Was Even Worse Than We Knew

6 February 2018

: http://nymag.com/daily/in...-knew.html
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Reply #2 posted 02/08/18 10:22am

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Having lived in St Croix USVI for close to a decade, I am completely NOT surprised. Tons of money gone bush in all the territories. No accountability. FEMA got away with similar in NOLA after Katrina.


Companies send all the faultily built appliances there too because what are are you gonna do - send it back?

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