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benjamin melançon

Don't quote someone as an expert just because they are in power

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Gov. Rick Scott said Irma's wrath is unprecedented. "We have never had anything like this before," he said Sunday.

Going to someone with political power or even someone who is merely famous for factual information is a surprisingly common failing of journalists, but it's outright ridiculous to imply expertise in extreme weather with quoting a governor who has literally banned the phrases global warming and climate change from all reports of Florida's government.

(This quotation is from a CNN article.)