Switch off all those noisy and nonsensical presidential debates. The only show that’s really worth your time is MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s Flint Town Hall meeting.
The show included almost every crucial aspect of the water contamination that exposed thousands of people to dangerous levels of lead when the city switched from the Detroit system to the Flint River, reportedly to save some $5 million.
The most dramatic evidence of what the Flint population is up against came when Maddow gave an “up-close” view of the catastrophe, showing a lead pipe from the Flint water system before comparing it to a normal galvanized pipe.
“We need to have a little come to Jesus moment here because no one has even begun to fix the problem that caused this,” said Maddow.
What’s even worse is how the state authorities, who — by the way — are fully aware of the situation, are still not planning to replace the poison pipes.
When an NBC News correspondent asked Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder when exactly his administration is going to remove the corroded pipes, he replied by saying that it “isn't on his short-term agenda.”
"It's a lot of work to take out pipes, to redo all of the infrastructure, that's a whole planning process," Snyder said at a press conference.
Maddow also invited Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician whose research first revealed the irreversible effects of lead poisoning on children, consequently prompting state authorities to finally acknowledge the problem of Flint's residents being slowly poisoned by their own tap water.
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