On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump gave updates on Hurricane Dorian from the Oval Office.
He brandished a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) map that, instead of depicting the most recent trajectory of the hurricane, showed a six day old, inaccurate forecast. What's more, someone altered the map with a black permanent marker to show the hurricane moving toward Alabama, justifying a false claim made by Trump two days earlier—a claim instantly refuted by the National Weather Service.
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Trump continues to insist that the hurricane was originally projected to hit Alabama, inflating what would have been a simple misstatement into a scandal involving a false, doctored hurricane forecast being broadcast from the Oval Office.
Trump's latest Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, took to Twitter to chastise CNN for mislabeling the state of Alabama with its symmetrical neighbor, Mississippi.
Hi @CNN, I know you guys are busy analyzing lines on a map, but perhaps you use your time to study up on U.S. geogr… https://t.co/Up8qX80yne— Stephanie Grisham (@Stephanie Grisham)1567697869.0
While CNN erred in its labeling of Alabama, the network used its response to Grisham to point out how flabbergasting it is to see the President turn a misstatement into a cover-up, rather than just admitting it and moving on.
@PressSec @CNN Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, we made a mistake (which we fixed in less than 30 seconds). And now we are a… https://t.co/ymJkTgXfhr— CNN Communications (@CNN Communications)1567703112.0
The Trump administration has repeatedly clashed with the network. Trump routinely calls the network "fake news," and the Trump administration rescinded CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass. It was later reinstated by court order.
Grisham's attempt to turn the tables on CNN backfired, with Twitter applauding the network's clapback.
@CNNPR @PressSec @CNN @PressSec https://t.co/bSFKLaagFu— Scott Wargin (@Scott Wargin)1567711188.0
@CNNPR @CatinaVanRsistn @PressSec @CNN When the reply gets more likes than the original tweet, you know what's up.… https://t.co/Eop0Azc00y— 🇵🇷 David Beltrán (@🇵🇷 David Beltrán)1567711658.0
@CNNPR @PressSec @CNN @CNNPR for the win!!! 😆— Jeff Drake (@Jeff Drake)1567712761.0
@CNNPR @sandysva @PressSec @CNN Touche @CNN !!! Well done.— Houstonandy (@Houstonandy)1567712766.0
@CNNPR @PressSec @CNN Nice shade CNN— Doreen Stermann (@Doreen Stermann)1567713013.0
Others responded to Grisham's tweet with calls for her to hold her first official White House Press Briefing, a once-daily tradition that died with her predecessor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
@PressSec @CNN You should totally address this in your press briefings that YOU NEVER HAVE, “Press Secretary”.— andy lassner (@andy lassner)1567698126.0
@PressSec @CNN Hi @StephGrisham45: I can see you are busy trolling cable news networks on Twitter, but perhaps you… https://t.co/i4dbSGnsTS— Alex Howard (@Alex Howard)1567698160.0
@PressSec @CNN maybe someone needs to draw you a map of how to get to the press briefing room— Mark Gray (@Mark Gray)1567703577.0
While Trump and his press secretary are obsessing over proving wrongs right, Dorian is currently barreling up the Carolinas.
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