Fake Irma News: Twitter Calls Out Trump Aide for Sharing the Wrong Video

We hear so much from the Trump administration about fake news, and in the age of the internet and social media, it’s hard to escape when someone reports or posts something that isn’t true.

And guess what: Trump acolytes aren’t immune. On Sunday night, White House social media director Dan Scavino stepped into some trouble.

Just after 3:30 p.m. EST, Scavino tweeted a video of what he claimed was a flooded Miami International Airport. In the tweet, Scavino noted that he was sharing information about the storm with Trump and Mike Pence.

That’s concerning – because the video he posted was a hoax.


Turns out the video Scavino shared was from a YouTube channel that has a reputation for recycling video from past disasters. Scavino deleted his original tweet, but he didn’t offer an explanation until half an hour after deleting his tweet – and about an hour after the Miami International Airport called him out.

Earlier Scavino misidentified the location of another image he tweeted and wound up deleting that tweet. Was Scavino lying, or did he make a couple of honest mistakes? Either way, it’s a tad ironic that the administration so sensitive to fake news would create some of their own.

BREAKING: Irma Continues Westward Shift, Putting More of the South in Its Path

As the massive, deadly Hurricane Irma bears down on the Caribbean, the storm is taking a turn toward the Southeastern United States. Its path has shifted westward, putting more of Florida and the South in its path.

Last night, Storm Surge Warnings for the Keys and South Florida released:

In Florida, Governor Rick Scott urged citizens throughout the state to head for safer ground as Irma is appearing to take a straight path up the peninsula of the state.

“If you live in any evacuation zones and you’re still at home, leave!” Scott warned Floridians at a news conference Thursday. “Do not try to ride out this storm … we can’t save you once the storm hits.”

Evacuees have headed north from Florida into Georgia, where traffic is heavy and stores as far north as metro Atlanta are running out of bottled water and other staples. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia has issued a mandatory evacuation order for anyone east of Interstate 95 and declared a state of emergency for 30 counties in the southeastern part of the state. These evacuations will add to the traffic burden in middle Georgia and metro Atlanta, both of which are also along Irma’s projected trajectory.

Forecasters say that Irma shows signs of little weakening as it turns toward Florida. Pray for everyone in Irma’s path, and if you live in the Southeast – especially along the coast – pay attention to weather reports all weekend long.

BREAKING: Now THREE Hurricanes In The Atlantic Ocean

There are now THREE active hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean at this moment – Irma, Katia, and Jose.

The National Hurricane Center today announced that Hurricane Katia has formed in the southwest portion of the Gulf of Mexico.  It is a Category 1 hurricane, meaning that it has wind speeds of at least 75 MPH.  It is currently moving slowly towards the southeast but is forecast to turn southwest eventually.  It is expected to slam the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Also today, the National Hurricane Center has announced that Hurricane Jose formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of the Caribbean.  This is an intensification from its tropical storm status that it was named with yesterday.  Jose is now a Category 1 hurricane, just like Katia.  It is moving west towards North America at 16 MPH.

These two hurricanes are in addition to Hurricane Irma, which has now officially become the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record.  Multiple Caribbean islands, such as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, as well as the state of Florida itself are in the path of the Category 5 monster.  With winds of 185 MPH, it is extremely dangerous.  Its force has shaken the Earth enough to register on seismometers, and storm surges of up to 20 feet above normal tide are expected to slam the coasts.  Landfall in Florida is expected by this Saturday or Sunday.  Donald Trump has declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

All of this comes on the heels of Hurricane Harvey’s mass devastation in the Houston region of Texas, where clean-up has only just begun.  Hurricane season is at its peak now in September, so there could conceivably be more storms coming.

All of us at The Resurgent wish everyone in the paths of these hurricanes God’s blessings and protection.  Stay safe!

Irma Hysteria Makes Landfall; The Actual Hurricane Did Too

The faces you see on television are paid to entertain you and make you feel like they should be trusted. They are reading a script, and most of the time, they don’t know any more than you do.

Hurricane Irma is a terrible force of nature. It could be the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic, which means it could be one of the strongest forces of nature Planet Earth has produced. And the media wants you to know two things:

(1) If you live in Florida or the gulf, this monster is probably headed directly at your house; and

(2) Mankind is responsible for this.

Irma’s eye made landfall over the small island of Barbuda, where hurricanes and Atlantic storms are a way of life. In nearby Antigua, residents got a side swipe from Irma.

In Florida, people are freaking out.

They’ve got plenty of reason for concern…this morning’s official storm track has Irma turning north into south Florida early Monday morning.

But the level of hysteria, and the media’s own infotainment treatment of it, along with the smug “we told you so” attitude of those who believe that somehow Earth could be tamed into producing smaller storms…or that Earth wouldn’t produce such large storms if humans did things differently.

Those who firmly believe in the “climate science” numbers supporting anthropomorphic  climate change are so emotionally invested in the numbers that some are rooting for the storm. Others are pretending to be scientists, leading to ridiculous exchanges like the one below.

Ryan Maue is in fact bona fide a hurricane scientist. Kurt Eichenwald is an editor for Vanity Fair and an MSNBC contributor. “I’ll show you the science paper on it” is about as absurd as me (with zero medical training) telling a heart surgeon that he’s doing a mitral valve repair wrong, and I can show him the “science paper” on it that I found with Google.

That is the point here: everyone in the media is suddenly an expert, declaring fact and denouncing fiction, when we need to be respecting nature’s power, not trying to explain why driving a Ford F-150 caused it.

A fake Irma track showing the storm heading for Houston went viral Monday, causing renewed panic in the storm-devastated region. Now people in Jacksonville are emptying stores of bottled water.

Certainly, people should be prepared. But NHC forecasts and probabilities do not support the level of hysteria the media is conveying. Jacksonville has a 6 percent chance of winds 64 mph or more by Monday. It has a 26 percent chance of winds over 34 mph. That’s gusty, but not catastrophic.

Orlando, Miami, and Fort Myers have under 20 percent chance of winds over 64 mph for Monday. These forecasts are updated at least twice a day, and that’s what should guide us, not the hype.

They’ve called Rush Limbaugh a “hurricane truther” or “hurricane denier” because he pointed out on his show that local TV and national media both have a vested interest in making the storms worse than they are, and ensuring maximum concern by local residents.

(1) It’s good for business for local stores when everyone runs to buy water, and other staple items. (In Middle Georgia, if there’s a hint of a snowflake, the stores sell out of milk, bread and toilet paper–I’m serious.)

(2) Anthropomorphic climate change believers get to crow about how they’re right, and everyone else is wrong, and this prediction was made 15 years ago. (Except that they also predicted 20 years ago that most of Florida would be under water by now, and that hasn’t happened.)

Limbaugh said:

Let me just put it this way. The latest National Hurricane Center forecast map, the track, which was released at 11 a.m. puts the Sunday target exactly where I told my buddies on Saturday and Friday night that it was gonna go, while the models all had it turning north up to North Carolina and Washington, D.C., and the Northeastern coast. That was just one data point that I kept looking at that told me where I thought this thing was gonna go.

They call Limbaugh “out of his mind” because of this. Two more observations.

(1) Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. He admits it freely. He is a radio host who speaks his mind, based on his own experience and claims no special expertise.

(2) The people who call him “out of his mind” also have the same level of non-expertise and access to the same data as Rush Limbaugh, yet Rush’s conclusions fit the forecast better than theirs.

Irma is a dangerous storm. The best advice is to go to the NHC website and look at what the NOAA professionals, who do this day-in-day-out for a living, think will happen. Actually read the forecasts. Then prepare based on fact, not hysteria.

Also realize that most people know jack squat about how hurricanes form, and what causes ocean temperatures to be 1.7 degrees higher on a certain spot than “normal.” If you think that it’s very simple to find a “science paper” linking your F-150, or cow flatulence, to deep ocean temperatures, you are woefully gullible.

The faces you see on television are paid to entertain you and make you feel like they should be trusted. They are reading a script, and most of the time, they don’t know any more than you do.

In fact, you may know more than they do.

This post is also published at The New Americana.