Trump's EPA accidentally confirms an embarrassing news report was actually correct.

The EPA repeatedly self-owned while trying to discredit the Associated Press.

Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that multiple toxic waste sites in Houston have flooded, and the Scott Pruitt’s EPA was still not on the ground. This didn’t sit well with the EPA, an agency allegedly staffed with grown-ups, which decided to respond with a press release that, among other things, seems to just confirm that the AP’s story was accurate.

It starts off, remarkably, with a personal attack:

Despite reporting from the comfort of Washington, [AP reporter Michael] Biesecker had the audacity to imply that agencies aren’t being responsive to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

Under any other administration, this kind of personal attack of a reporter would be dominate a news cycle, but Trump’s tenure has been one embarrassing disaster after another. To be clear, there are two bylines on the AP report, and the EPA conveniently left out Jason Dearen, the reporter who was in fact in Houston, at the Superfund sites. A substantial portion of the story is dedicated to on-the-ground descriptions and interviews with locals. Here’s a video that accompanied the report:

Maybe no one at the EPA actually read the story?

Here’s the truth: through aerial imaging, EPA has already conducted initial assessments at 41 Superfund sites – 28 of those sites show no damage, and 13 have experienced flooding. This was left out of the original story, along with the fact that EPA and state agencies worked with responsible parties to secure Superfund sites before the hurricane hit. Leaving out this critical information is misleading.

They basically confirmed the AP’s reporting here: more than a dozen sites have been flooded and the EPA has not investigated them in person. And again, despite the EPA trying to single out Biesecker, the AP did have someone on the ground, proving if nothing else that the sites are accessible.

Unfortunately, the Associated Press’ Michael Biesecker has a history of not letting the facts get in the way of his story. Earlier this summer, he made-up a meeting that Administrator Pruitt had, and then deliberately discarded information that refuted his inaccurate story – ultimately prompting a nation-wide correction.

This is a weird self-own. Back in June the AP reported that Pruitt had met with the head of Dow Chemical before reversing a pesticide ban. The AP’s story turned out to be wrong because they were reporting on inaccurate meeting schedules provided by the EPA. So, the EPA is trying to criticize Biesecker for reporting on information the agency gave him. And to establish how little credibility there is left with the people running this government organization, the release links to a Breitbart article that accuses the AP of being in a “CNN-level” scandal over the correction.

Understandably, AP executive editor Sally Buzbee took issue with the EPA taking issue: