Social Media in Uproar at How CNN Uses Hurricane as Political Weapon Against DeSantis
Social media users did keep quiet when CNN reporters used Hurricane Ian as a political weapon against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The reactions on Twitter were fast and furious against CNN for what they called “undiluted partisan hackery.”
Hurricane Ian crashed into southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday afternoon. Winds gusted up to 155 mph which is just 2 mph less than a Category 5 hurricane. It made landfall near Fort Myers and Cape Coral and brought devastation. There were more than 2 million people without power.
Thursday morning, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told “Good Morning America” that fatalities were estimated to be “in the hundreds,” based on 911 emergency phone calls.
The governor of Florida clarified that the sheriff said his number was an “estimate” and that there are two “unconfirmed” deaths.
DeSantis said, “The Coast Guard has been performing rescue missions on the barrier islands consistently since the wee hours of the morning.”DeSantis described Hurricane Ian as “basically a 500-year flood event.”
And amid such tragedy, CNN reporter Steve Contorno used the hurricane to go after DeSantis.
Contorno compared DeSantis’s words of instruction that residents listen to local officials during this storm to what he previously advised regarding state guidelines about THE COVID-19 pandemic.
”As DeSantis prepares Floridians for Ian, he is urging residents to heed advice from the same local leaders he suggested they ignore during COVID and praising a federal agency he previously alleged withheld aid to the state because Biden was playing politics,” Contorno said on Twitter.
Contorno wrote in the CNN article:
“An abrasive political style is what has endeared DeSantis to Republican voters across the country amid his ascent within his party, but it has also resulted in strained relationships with the same local and national leaders DeSantis must now collaborate with to get Florida through this storm. After initially ceding coronavirus action to city mayors and county officials, DeSantis made a hard pivot and stripped municipalities of their ability to manage the pandemic while encouraging residents to ignore local precautions on masks and other mitigation measures. This week, though, DeSantis urged Tampa Bay residents to follow the advice of local leaders and lauded county emergency management teams as experienced professionals.”
Take a look at this response:
Hurricanes & politics tend to run into each other in Florida, but this time it’s with a governor who has put himself at odds with many local government officials and who has been looking for fights with a president he may end up running against… 6 weeks before Election Day: https://t.co/mbpcciOyQT
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 28, 2022