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Washington Post: Drudge May Have ‘Put People’s Lives At Risk’ By Questioning Hurricane’s Strength

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Derek Hunter Contributor

Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow said Matt Drudge may have risked the lives of “vulnerable Floridians” by questioning Hurricane Matthew’s strength Thursday.

Samenow, who also serves as the Capital Weather Gang’s chief meteorologist, attacked Drudge in an article entitled, “Drudge Report’s playing down and politicizing of Hurricane Matthew was ‘deplorable.‘”

He wrote that the Internet muckraker’s comments about the hurricane were “not only infuriating to meteorologists who knew the dangerous storm was holding its own, but it may also have put people’s lives at risk.”

Drudge’s headline Thursday afternoon declared, “STORM FIZZLE? MATTHEW LOOKS RAGGED!”

“To make matters worse, Drudge took to Twitter and accused the government of purposefully inflating Matthew’s intensity to send a message about climate change,” Samenow wrote.

Drudge’s tweets, screen captured below because he deletes all of his tweets after a while, were quick to accuse the federal government of politicizing the first major hurricane to hit Florida in a decade.

Screen capture from Twitter

Screen capture from Twitter

Screen capture from Twitter

Screen capture from Twitter

Screen capture from Twitter

Screen capture from Twitter

Other meteorologists were quick to condemn Drudge.

Following the lead of those meteorologists, others piled on Drudge to accuse him of risking people’s lives.

Still, at least one user had fun with it all, posting a picture of Storm from X-Men wearing a Hillary button.