πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

New report revisits 'Sharpiegate' controversy

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on June 16, 2020 - Duration: 01:39s

New report revisits 'Sharpiegate' controversy

A Monday report found that U.S. agency leaders violated their own policy on scientific integrity after they backed a Trump tweet about Hurricane Dorian last year - that was false.

Gloria Tso reports.

Advertisement

New report revisits 'Sharpiegate' controversy

A new report found that U.S. agency leaders violated their own policy on scientific integrity after they backed a Trump tweet about Hurricane Dorian last year - that was false.

The controversy is now known as 'Sharpiegate.'

As Dorian bore down on the United States, Trump displayed a map from the NOAA that had been altered.

A bubble traced in Sharpie marker showed Hurricane Dorian supposedly threatening the state of Alabama.

The president had tweeted days earlier that Alabama would quote "most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated" by Dorian.

The claim was shot down within minutes by National Weather Service meterologists in Alabama, who said the system would stay too far east.

But Trump doubled down with his map in the Oval Office.

Then the NOAA, which heads the NWS, later issued a statement which not only contradicted its own local office -- but also stood by Trump's forecast.

A memo released alongside Monday's report (June 15) found that in backing Trump, NOAA leadership showed quote "reckless disregard of the Code of Scientific Conduct" and quote "felt significant external pressure to do so." The NOAA falls under Trump cabinet member Wilbur Ross.

Last year, the New York Times reported that Ross threatened to fire top employees at the Alabama office after they contradicted the president.

It also reported that then-acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Ross to order the NOAA to disavow the Alabama office's tweet.

In a response to Monday's report, NOAA's former deputy chief of staff Julie Roberts defended the agency.

She said the report failed to quote "provide the complete picture of what occurred, and the contextual factors that played a role in the statement."

You are here


πŸ’‘ One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Donald Trump

45th president of the United States
"They feel like they are the guardians to make America great again," a former Proud Boys member says.
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 hour ago

President Trump may have emboldened the Proud Boys with his debate comments. The president is now saying he doesn't know "who" the Proud Boys are. Jeff Pegues..
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 hour ago

The Trump administration asked the 9th Circuit to lift a lower court order that blocked it from proceeding with an accelerated deadline for completion of census..
Credit: CBS News - Published 2 hours ago



Alabama

State in the southeastern United States
New series: A young boy is held hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama. How the FBI got inside the mind of his kidnapper. Narrated by Alana De La..
Credit: CBS News - Published 3 hours ago

The governor's letter to an attorney for Sarah Collins Rudolph, who lost her sister and was blinded in one eye in the terrorist attack on the church, did not..
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 4 hours ago

Blinded in one eye by the blast, Sarah Rudolph has spent a lifetime dealing with physical and mental pain from the bombing.
Credit: CBS News - Published 4 hours ago



Mick Mulvaney

Director of the Office of Management and Budget; White House Chief of Staff


National Weather Service

United States weather agency
National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for nearly all of Northern California after two new fires wreak burning havoc.
Β 
Credit: USATODAY.com - Published 3 days ago

"Welcome back to the land of the living, Tropical Storm Paulette," the National Weather Service said.
Credit: CBS News - Published 1 week ago

You might like