CNN’s Stelter: Trump Is ‘Celebrating His Own Ignorance’ on Hurricane Dorian Claims

'Sharpiegate': meteorologists upset as weather agency defends Trump's Alabama claim

Hurricane Dorian continues to churn off the North Carolina coast, but it's heading fu. Residents walk and drive through the receding flood waters in Buxton, N.C., after Hurricane Dorian leaves Hatteras Island on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, the official sent the warning to staffers after the National Weather Service in Birmingham corrected Trump's false claim and assured Alabamians that their state wouldn't be impacted by the hurricane. "Ethical cowardice." Dan Sobien, the president of the Nationwide Climate Service Staff Group, stated he was shocked by the flip of occasions, noting that "by no means ever earlier than has their administration thrown them below the bus like this".

Speaking at a meeting of the National Weather Association, Uccellini said Birmingham forecasters "did what any office would do to protect the public". He continued to obsessively tweet about the episode and call up old wind maps to show that at some point Alabama could have possibly been touched by the storm, even as it was pounding the Carolina coastline. The statement was issued by an anonymous "spokesperson", a departure from the norm for federal agencies that employ people to speak for them by name.

CNN host Brian Stelter slammed President Donald Trump over the so-called Sharpiegate scandal from the past week, comparing the fiasco to a line from the dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. "You have science organizations putting out statements against their own offices".

Ironically, NOAA has one of the strongest scientific integrity policies within government, policies that are supposed to insulate science from political manipulation and control.

The revelation of the directive throughout the NOAA got here as former top officials of the agency, and the climate group at giant, expressed anger on the Friday assertion backing Trump.

Other meteorologists also voiced concerns about NOAA's actions on Friday.

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On Friday, Trump accused the media of being "fixated" on the issue.

"Either NOAA Leadership truly agrees with what they posted or they were ordered to do it".

Titley said the episode might feed distrust of forecasts that help people make life-or-death decisions whether to evacuate. To think this embarrassment is limited to a crude drawing on a map is to overlook just how far the president and his team took this potentially risky charade, and what this tells others throughout the US government - scientists, intelligence officials, diplomats, et al. - about what happens to those who provide facts at odds with the leader's preferred script. What I said was accurate!

And Justin Kenney, who headed the agency's communications in the Obama administration, said "by politicizing weather forecasts, the president. puts more people - including first responders - in harm's way".

A meteorologist from NOAA, which oversees the NWS, told the Post that the memo was "understood internally to be referring to Trump" and that it came after the Birmingham NWS office contradicted the President.

"We make forecasts, we don't deal with politics", said association president Paul Schlatter, who works for the weather service in Boulder, Colorado. He said the Birmingham office's tweet was "spot-on and an appropriate response to the President's misleading tweet that morning".

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