Rat Becomes Media Star, Photobombing Baltimore Reporter’s Coverage of City’s Living Conditions

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 7/31/2019 | Leslie Eastman
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A rat in West Baltimore has become an unexpected media star, after running through a local Fox TV reporter’s live shot as she discussed President Donald Trump labeling the city a “rat and rodent infested mess” in a recent Tweet.

Fox 45 Baltimore reporter Maxine Streicher was engaged in a live broadcast from the city’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood on Monday when the camera panned over to an alley just as a rat scurried out from under trash and along a wall. The live shot prompted widespread mockery from supporters of the president who touted the video as “proof” the president was correct in telling Maryland’s 7th District Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings via Twitter to “clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

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“Now, we spoke with many people today, who say the president should consider coming here to Baltimore, to the Sandtown area, and taking a look at things for himself,” Streicher can be heard saying as the camera examined a nearby alley.

The rat can be seen emerging from behind several bags of trash on the ground before running along a wall and disappearing into an adjacent patch of grass and concrete.


Here is the report:

One aspect of Trump’s presidency that I have come to admire is his ability to set the agenda, in terms of the topics the media will cover. The president has now turned national attention to a serious public health problem that has escalated over the past few years that we have covered at Legal Insurrection: Rat infestation.

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I have detailed the typhus outbreak in the Los Angeles area, as the flea-borne disease is spread by rats and other scavengers getting fat from the homeless camp wastes spreading throughout southern California. Now a new study has confirmed that rat infestation is a statewide problem.

An ever-growing number of rodents in California —...
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