New White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham has shown she can more than hold her own, as she fills Sarah Sanders’ shoes, taking no gruff from CNN over the course of “sharpie-gate.”
As CNN and other “mainstream media” outlets had been attacking the President all last week for allegedly altering a National Weather Service map showing the path of Hurricane Dorian with a sharpie, Grisham — mocked CNN for inaccurately labeling Alabama as Mississippi in an on-screen graphic.
CNN botched the graphic early last Saturday morning as Hurricane Dorian put neighboring Georgia into a state of emergency. The mistake appeared on air for roughly 10 seconds but it was long enough to get noticed by the White House.
Grisham took to Twitter amid CNN’s coverage of President Trump being criticized for presenting an apparently doctored chart of Hurricane Dorian’s path.
“Hi @CNN, I know you guys are busy analyzing lines on a map, but perhaps you use your time to study up on U.S. geography?” Grisham wrote.
CNN’s public relations department fired back with a snarky comment.
“Thanks, Stephanie. Yes, we made a mistake (which we fixed in less than 30 seconds). And now we are admitting it,” CNN’s verified account wrote. “You all should try it sometime.”
The controversy, which has become known as “sharpie-gate” started when President Trump initially tweeted that the hurricane would hit Alabama, apparently prompting the National Weather Service to clarify that Dorian wasn’t headed in that direction. Amid criticism, Trump doubled down — displaying a chart in the Oval Office on Wednesday that appeared to be altered with a black marker.
A White House official told Fox News that before cameras were allowed in the Oval Office, an individual – whom the official declined to identify – used a pen to put the extra loop on Dorian’s path.
Later the Washington Post reported that an “unnamed White House Official” had told them that it was Trump himself who altered the map.