The New York Times ran a 3,000-word hit piece over the weekend, slamming President Trump for gutting the EPA’s enforcement arm. The Times noted that the EPA started one-third fewer cases against polluters during Trump’s first nine months than it did during Obama’s in 2009, and that the number of special agents in the EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division has been slashed from 207 to 154.
One of several minor problems the Times overlooked, or more precisely, misrepresented: the cut in EPA enforcement agents and criminal cases happened under Obama. It was part of a plan to move to a new kind of electronic reporting and pollution detection system. Trump’s EPA head Scott Pruitt is actually trying to beef the enforcement arm back up.
Maybe the EPA could investigate the Times for willful pollution of public discourse.