This mom has had enough of reporters.
One CNN reporter got more realness than she bargained for when she tried to interview a woman who was forced to flee her home ahead of Harvey’s rising floodwaters. Once inside a shelter, this particular mother wasn’t having the news network’s probing questions. The reporter on the scene asked a particularly loaded question full of lurid details about people struggling to feed their families in the storm. For this still dripping mother, it was the last straw.
“I walked through four feet of water to get them food on the first day. Yeah, that’s a lot of sh*t,” she said, her voice gradually losing its even keel as she went on. “But y’all still here. Y’all try to interview people during their worst times like that’s not the smartest thing to do.”
“Like people are really breaking down and y’all sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the f*ck is wrong with us,” she continued, her voice starting to crack as she got angrier. “You really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face, with me shivering cold, with my kids wet and you still putting the microphone in my face.”
She turned around and walked away from the reporter as CNN kicked back to the studio. “Seems like you got a very upset family there,” said the anchor. Unlike the typical local news segment, CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of major events and 24-hour news cycle requires them to do on-the-fly reporting like this disastrous interview. Where the people you tend to see in a news segment have agreed to be interviewed, it’s pretty clear here that the CNN reporter walked up to someone as they were just coming into the shelter. Unfortunately, not everyone is open to being filmed and milked for emotional content on one of the worst days of their life.
We’re willing to bet this reporter will ask around about who wants to discuss their story before the network feed comes back around to that particular again in an hour or so.
Some Good News
Outside of the surplus of reporters converging on the city to talk to victims of the massive flood, the city is also filling with relief workers and good Samaritans who are trying to help the people trapped or displaced by the storm.
Several competing celebrity fundraising drives have raised millions of dollars for hurricane relief. Louisiana’s Cajun Navy has descended upon the city with small boats to help rescue efforts wherever they might be needed. And it’s clear that they are going to need a lot of help.
Harvey has the potential to be one of the most destructive natural disaster to ever hit the United States. It’s unique and lingering path has already set rainfall records for the continental U.S. and the full extent of the damage won’t be known until the rain stops and the floodwaters recede. What is known is that many thousands of Houstonians were forced to abandon their homes when the water became too much for their neighborhoods to bear.
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