On Saturday I wrote about a humorous video President Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that showed CNN, which has obsessively covered the idiotic “Sharpiegate” controversy, had themselves said the state of Alabama was at one point under threat from Hurricane Dorian.
Here’s the video for those who missed it. Some news outlets reported that it was “doctored” but it was only done so to the extent that it showed weather anchor Derek Van Dam say Alabama 10 times in a row. It also included clips of Trump inserted at the beginning and towards the end of the video:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2019
The Trump War Room Twitter account also tweeted out the video minus the so-called “doctoring”:
CNN told Alabama to "be on the lookout" for Dorian on 8/28.
"There are many states that are under threat right now."
"At least 6. From the Carolinas right through Georgia coastline into Florida certainly & then also even into the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi" pic.twitter.com/FzF14leKI8
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) September 6, 2019
Also, see this screen grab taken from Sharyl Attkisson, which you can watch play out at this NOAA link. It clearly shows that at one time Dorian was projected to impact Alabama, although not as severely as other states:
That time the National Hurricane Service projected Dorian could impact much of Alabama– but some in the media said it never happened.
UPDATED: 84 Media Mistakes in the Era of @realDonaldTrump. https://t.co/60J31sqHmB pic.twitter.com/40o5RJWNqb
— Sharyl Attkisson🕵️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) September 8, 2019
Unfortunately the mainstream media are still fixated on this issue. So much so that the Washington Post actually sent a reporter to visit Alabama over the weekend in order to prove Dorian did not actually hit the state.
In a piece originally titled “Here in Alabama, no sign of President Trump’s hurricane”, features writer Avi Selk reported:
MOBILE, Ala. — The city stands.
The grocery stores are fully stocked, the Home Depot has no lack of generators, tarps and plywood, and it’s business as usual at the Waffle Houses.
Boaters on the Mobile River have been urged to caution — only because a group of manatees were spotted frolicking nearby. The highway south runs past unsunk boats and unbroken masts all the way to the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico, where resort-town general stores report no panicked runs on supplies — not now and not a week ago, when Trump first claimed Alabama would likely be slammed by Hurricane Dorian.
But it’s always calmest in the center of a storm, sometimes even political ones. The rest of the United States is basically the eyewall: an ever-widening vortex of outrage and bureaucratic retaliations whirling around Trump’s false weather reports.
Selk went on to write about interviews he’d had with area residents to gauge how they felt about Trump’s “false weather reports.” But he must have left Alabama sorely disappointed because the piece only quoted three people who were in various stages of upset (from mild to really) over Trump’s initial claims about the possibility of Dorian hitting Alabama.
Selk’s report, I should note, did not include any mention of this tweet from the Alabama National Guard, which was posted a day before Trump’s first remarks about Dorian and Alabama. Clearly the state believed the lower southeastern section was going to be impacted by the storm:
— AL National Guard (@AlabamaNG) August 30, 2019
As I noted in my post, there’s a reason Trump hasn’t given up on this as easily as CNN and other media outlets would like him to. Because the evidence – including evidence that came directly from CNN – backs him up on his initial claims.
Media outlets can waste money sending as many reporters to Alabama as they want to to prove Dorian didn’t hit it but they are, of course, missing the point. Which is about par for the course for the sad state of “journalism” in 2019.
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –