White House, US media spat over hurricane misinformation

White House, US media spat over hurricane misinformation

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Washington, Sep 6 (IANS) The White House and US media have traded attacks over Hurricane Dorian, blaming each other for confusing and irresponsible remarks.
The media continued to question US President Donald Trump's sharing of a hurricane forecast map on Wednesday that suggested Dorian was heading towards the state of Alabama, when it was actually moving in another direction.
The media on Thursday criticized that offering misleading information with the authority of the White House carried serious consequences, especially in the case of a natural disaster, according to reports.
Trump later said that the map was based on an earlier forecast model which predicted Alabama to be affected, citing an earlier forecast by the National Hurricane Centre.
The White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham went on the offensive later on Thursday, tweeting a screenshot of a CNN TV programme on the latest development of Hurricane Dorian, which showed a map that mislabelled the state of Alabama as Mississippi. CNN has since corrected the map, Xinhua news agency reported.
The northbound hurricane slammed into the US states of North and South Carolina on Thursday night with strong winds and torrential rains, causing massive power shortages in both states after leaving behind terrible damage in the Bahamas.
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