Harvey Victim Flips On CNN For ‘Putting Microphone In My Face’


The city of Houston has gotten over 50 inches of rain after being battered by Hurricane Harvey over the past week. That amount of rain is staggering to imagine. The property damages are now in the tens of billions of dollars; Harvey is expected to be the second-worst disaster in the continental United States. Thousands of Houston residents have been displaced from their homes. An estimated 13,000 other have been rescued, but the death toll has risen to 31.

With thousands of residents displaced and in need of shelter this is probably the worst time to interview them. Of course, CNN reporter Rosa Flores tried it and it did not go well. Here is my interpretation of the

CNN Reporter: Let me introduce you to Danielle here. Danielle you just arrived. Share with us how you were rescued.

Shock Exchange Interpretation: The reporter is pretending to care about Danielle and her daughter. This fake empathy builds trust with Danielle and will potentially get her to open up, and hopefully break down in front of the CNN cameras. That will really get those ratings up. After the reporter builds trust she will eventually ask something personal of Danielle that Danielle would usually never … ever share on television.

As black people we know it’s coming though. For the mainstream media to put your story on television is usually comes at a price – that price is usually your dignity and self-respect.

Danielle: Some guys had called our phones and asked us where we were … we were waiting for the police for like 36 hours and they never came. We were waiting at the home and did the [white flames] and everything. Somebody had called the phone after we had decided to leave the house and we had walked to the gas station with the kids … and they had called and came and picked us up. But we had been there like five days with no food and no lights … and nobody came … nobody came.

Shock Exchange Interpretation: Danielle sounds distraught. Five days with no lights and no food, surrounded by water and nobody responding to you, that would make anyone distraught. She says over and over, “And nobody came … nobody came,” shows her disbelief that the police, first responders, etc. took five days to show up. Danielle is trying to explain her ordeal to the reporter. Had the reporter been in that same situation would she have survived five days without her brie cheese and earl grey tea?

CNN Reporter: You are with your children. We have heard of mothers trying to save their children from the rushing waters. Can you tell us how that was for you?

Shock Exchange Interpretation: The fake out. We knew it was coming. CNN wants to get harrowing tales of mothers saving their children from Harvey. Danielle was not randomly chosen. The reporter saw Danielle with her daughter and chose them specifically.

Danielle: We walked through four feet of water to go get them food on the first day … yeah that’s a lot of shit. Ya’ll sit here … ya’ll trying to interview people during their worst times … like that’s not the smartest thing to do. Like people are really breaking down and ya’ll sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the fuck is wrong with us.

Shock Exchange Interpretation: Danielle and her daughter have had a harrowing experience. They tired, wet and shivering cold. Instead of being in their home they have sit around in a Houston shelter as if they are homeless. This has got to be one of Danielle’s worst moments and some CNN reporter wants to stick a camera in her face. Danielle goes off at CNN wanting to exploit her pain for ratings. Simultaneously, she shows her daughter not to trade your dignity and self-respect for ratings. Danielle’s daughter will likely remember this moment for the rest of her life … how her mother stood strong for her.

CNN Reporter: Sorry … Sorry … 

Shock Exchange Interpretation: You’re only sorry you won’t get that viral video you wanted. You thought you would win a Pulitzer for this didn’t you?

Danielle: Are you really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face … With me shivering cold!? … With my kids wet!?  And you still putting a microphone in my face!

Shock Exchange Interpretation: You’re only sorry you won’t get that viral video you wanted. You thought you would win a Pulitzer for this didn’t you?

CNN Newsroom Guy: Sounds like you’ve got a very upset family there. We’re gonna take a break from that.

Shock Exchange Interpretation: What he really meant – “The nerve of that woman. We put her on T.V. to help get some exposure and this is the thanks we get?”



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