The Washington Post wants its followers to know that Hurricane Dorian did not strike Alabama, doubling down on an ongoing feud the outlet has with President Trump about the storm’s initially projected course.
Early projections showed Alabama would have been hit by Hurricane Dorian and Trump cautioned residents in southern states, specifically naming Alabama, as the storm loomed off the U.S. coast. The tweet seemed to hit a soft spot for mainstream media as they criticized the president and challenged its accuracy.
Check out this opener from the Washington Post:
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.
The report describes “Trump’s false weather reports” and claims Trump pushed “outdated or doctored weather forecasts.”
His first, in a Sept. 1 tweet, warned that Alabama was one of the states that “will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” by the hurricane — which by then was swerving away from the state. The tweet caused Alabamians to call the National Weather Service en masse, which caused the agency’s Birmingham office to rebut Trump and late-night comedians to write jokes. This in turn caused the White House to double down — disseminating outdated or doctored weather forecasts in an attempt to prove Trump correct, culminating Friday when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publicly chastised its own forecasters for telling Alabamians they were safe.
He said Wednesday that Alabama initially faced a 95 percent chance of a direct hit. On Saturday, he claimed he never said any such thing. He said at one point that Dorian may get “a little piece” of Alabama and, on another occasion, showed off a hurricane forecast map that had been altered with a Sharpie to enclose the state’s southeastern corner — including towns about 100 miles inland, which are typically hurricane-free.
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Despite the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) backing Trump up in the discussion, the outlet continues to ignore the facts to try and score cheap political points by swiping Trump.
BizPac Review reports a statement released by NOAA on Friday “included a link to a series of advisory graphics that clearly showed a progression of projected possible hurricane and tropical storm paths issued as the storm approached the U.S.”
According to the NOAA statement, models from Wednesday, August 28 to Monday, September 2, showed Alabama would have been affected by the storm.
“From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama,” the statement read. “This is clearly demonstrated in Hurricane Advisories #15 through #41, which can be viewed on the center’s website.”
Twitchy reports the Washington Post’s decision to send a reporter to Alabama to cover the hurricane was nothing more than a result of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Shoutout to the lucky reporter who got a free trip to the beach because orange man bad https://t.co/L8TdqUuevE
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) September 9, 2019
Hurricane Dorian ultimately veered north, along the United States’ eastern coast, and struck the Carolinas and Virginia.