The City of New Orleans and local news website NOLA.com are calling out the Washington Post for a fear mongering and inaccurate article on Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry as it heads toward Lousiana:
— The City Of New Orleans (@CityOfNOLA) July 12, 2019
And here’s NOLA.com adding a photo of people partying on Bourbon Street for good measure:
We appreciate y'alls coverage/attention. But let's not hit the flee/panic button just yet. New Orleans residents are paying CLOSE attention and ready to react as necessary. Fleeing isn't the word.
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) July 12, 2019
And it’s not just the headline that’s garbage. There are inaccuracies in the body of the article as well:
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker6) July 12, 2019
You know, we hear so much about the importance of local news and then the Washington Post goes ahead and prints this. Have they never been to New Orleans or covered a storm there?
When national outlets *try* to get the pulse of a city.
Residents are not *fleeing* the city and there's a small chance of hurricane force winds in the city. https://t.co/3WZx6hB2H7
— Cody Lillich (@CodyLillich) July 12, 2019
“Literally nobody” is fleeing the city:
Literally nobody I know is fleeing the city, or panicking, nor are they concerned about wind, at all. People are worried about the river from recent rains + a slow moving storm, but everyone seems to be trying to make the best of it. https://t.co/gVK6OeoMzF
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) July 12, 2019
Here are some of the panicked residents:
Meanwhile in the French Quarter…. pic.twitter.com/0cTKK3A1Mi
— Jeremy Hebert (@jrmyhbrt) July 12, 2019
It’s like the zombie apocalypse!
Looks pretty gorgeous from my porch in Algiers Point!! pic.twitter.com/fFM5RMY8zX
— Maria Clark (@MariaPClark1) July 12, 2019
Go home you’re drunk:
Dear .@washingtonpost you're drunk. Go home. Most of us in New Orleans are watching the weather reports and calmly living our lives in New Orleans. Those people in your photo are AirBNB'rs who haven't got a clue about life in #NOLA pre-tropical storm. PRINT A RETRACTION!
— Laura in Wonderland Autocorrect hates me! (@LauraBergerol) July 12, 2019
You might want to go to New Orleans and meet a few New Orlineanians to help clarify your writing.
This ain't it.
— Bo Dingus (@ursus086) July 12, 2019
First this is fear mongering WaPo. Second this is a Cat 1. It will be a rain event. Inevitable flooding. But this is NOT Katrina. We need to take care but not panic.
— Kathy Steiner (@kakss1_kathy) July 12, 2019
New Orleans mayor says to 'shelter in place' as Barry now expected to make landfall as a hurricane https://t.co/bJ2cEAnIz3
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 12, 2019