The Hill’s bias showed last week in perhaps the most slanted anti-Trump coverage on the crisis in Puerto Rico we’ve seen thus far.
Their most viral article of the day was posted on twitter with the headline “Trump denies Puerto Rico request to let hurricane victims use food stamps for prepared hot meals: report.” And judging by the outraged comments, nobody actually bothered to click through to the actual article, which completely contradicts the headline it had on Twitter.
WOW. This man has a black heart. He only cares about himself.Hell has a seat waiting for him!
— Lorrie Kryston (@Lori_Ric) October 3, 2017
Once you click through to the actual article, you’re greeted with a much different headline: “Trump officials allow Puerto Ricans to use food stamps for fast food.” The article then goes on to explain how the Trump administration expanded what food stamps could be used to purchase to help those in Puerto Rico.
The article then goes on to state:
In a letter dated Sept. 30 and obtained by The Hill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said recipients of the island’s Nutritional Assistance Program (NAP) would be able to use their benefits to purchase hot food at any store through November.
Food stamp recipients are usually prohibited from buying hot foods and other items that can be eaten “in store,” such as sandwiches, soup or pizza.
While NAP is intended for people to purchase food in grocery stores and prepare it at home, USDA officials said they understood that could not happen yet due to the storm, as much of the island remains without electricity.
“We understand that at this point in time all food retail outlets in Puerto Rico are challenged by a lack of inventory, power and connectivity issues,” the USDA said in its letter. “Additionally, ATMs are experiencing connectivity issues and limits on cash.”
So how did they screw up that badly? They jumped the gun and didn’t get the full story…
UPDATE: After denying a waiver, Dept of Agriculture sent a letter to PR approving a waiver that would allow food stamp use to buy hot food.
— Frances Robles (@FrancesRobles) October 3, 2017
And yet, they left the viral tweet with the headline that’s now confirmed to be a lie for several days. It’s now down.
The sad thing is that thousands are continuing to retweet it, and judging by the comments under it, most are only reading that now-disproven headline.