A Hurricane Harvey survivor in Houston, Texas, lashed out at a CNN reporter Tuesday for interviewing people affected by flood during “their worst times” at the Houston Convention Center, where they were provided shelter.
CNN correspondent Rosa Flores asked a mother at the shelter, who identified herself as Danielle, about how it felt and what difficulties she faced while trying to protect her children from rushing flood waters in the state.
Danielle, who had just arrived at the shelter, expressed her disbelief on camera saying she was surprised the network chose to put cameras and microphones onto the faces of the rescued people at the shelter. She expressed her discomfort while pointing at her children, who were wearing sopping-wet clothes and could be seen shivering from cold.
“We walked through four feet of water to go get them food on the first day,” the mother said. “Yeah, that’s a lot of s–t.”
“But y’all sit here, y’all trying to interview people during their worst times. Like, that’s not the smartest thing to do,” she added.
“I’m sorry,” Flores responded.
“Like, people are really breaking down and y’all are sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the f–k is wrong with us,” the distressed and agitated mother continued.
“I’m so sorry,” the CNN reporter said.
“And you really are trying to understand with the microphone still in my face. With me shivering cold, with my kids wet, and you’re still putting the microphone in my face,” she said just before the camera cut to CNN anchor Jim Acosta at the studio.
“It sounds like you have a very upset family there,” Acosta said. “We’re going to take a break from that.”
The distressed mother, who was being interviewed at the shelter with her children by her side, said they had been stranded in her house for 36 hours and no one came to pick them up or rescue them. After that, she said, she went to a gas station, where she waited for five days with “no food, no lights and nobody came.” Eventually, someone called her on phone and that was when they were rescued.
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway criticized CNN for interviewing the flood survivors on Tuesday. But she praised other news networks for the coverage of the hurricane. “We want to thank the media for really connecting people with the information they need,” Conway told anchor Bret Baier on Fox News’ “Special Report,” on Tuesday, according to the Hill.
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