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.
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.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) September 5, 2019
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.
Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, we made a mistake (which we fixed in less than 30 seconds). And now we are admitting it. You all should try it sometime.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) September 5, 2019
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 Trump routinely calls the network “fake news,” and the Trump administration rescinded CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass.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.
Nice shade CNN
— Doreen Stermann (@DoreenStermann) September 5, 2019
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.
You should totally address this in your press briefings that YOU NEVER HAVE, “Press Secretary”.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) September 5, 2019
Hi @StephGrisham45: I can see you are busy trolling cable news networks on Twitter, but perhaps you might use your time to return to a daily briefing the press & public on public business? Or adding https://t.co/Aw6zG4QIQH to the @WhiteHouse site with the US @OpenGovPart plan?
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) September 5, 2019
maybe someone needs to draw you a map of how to get to the press briefing room
— Mark Gray (@rich29uk) September 5, 2019
While Trump and his press secretary are obsessing over proving wrongs right, Dorian is currently barreling up the Carolinas.
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