CNN Touts Its Generosity For Helping Hurricane Irma Victims

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Nick Givas Media And Politics Reporter

CNN praised itself for helping Hurricane Irma victims connect with their families Wednesday morning, while Floridians pick up the pieces in the wake of the storm.

“CNN HELPS HURRICANE IRMA VICTIMS CONNECT WITH FAMILY,” read a banner for an entire segment on “New Day.”

Co-host Chris Cuomo said people had come up to the CNN crew asking for help finding their families. The network then ran clips of Cuomo handing off a cell phone to the victims, while filming their deeply personal reactions. Some broke out in tears.

After comparing the disaster area to a war zone, Cuomo was worried the CNN crew wouldn’t have enough gasoline to make it back to New York.

“The heat, the lack of utilities, the lack of communications. It is really tough. We don’t even know if we have enough gas to get home at this point, and we are the least of what’s going down here,” he said.

This isn’t the first time CNN has trafficked in the emotions of a disaster. A Harvey victim chastised the network in August for filming survivors at their worst and capitalizing on it.


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