[Ed. – Yes, Trump erred and should have owned up to it. But Orwellian? Really?]
It was not dramatically incorrect nor was it entirely incorrect. But it was significantly incorrect, in that it suggested a threat to the state of Alabama that didn’t exist at the time it was written.
The National Weather Service was quick to point that out in a tweet that followed President Trump’s, without identifying him directly. But it was important information to correct: The threat of a hurricane leads to fear — sometimes panic — given the threat to life and property that’s implied. Trump’s tweet claimed Alabama (and other states) would be hit harder than anticipated, even though, at the time he sent the tweet, Hurricane Dorian had already shifted northward, as the then-most-recent projected path of the storm indicated.
Alabama, in fact, was going to be hit (much) less hard than it seemed a few days prior. …