Matt Drudge Joins Rush Limbaugh’s Conspiracy Theory That Meteorologists Are Lying About Hurricane Matthew

By Brendan Karet

As millions evacuate the East Coast of Florida in preparation for

Hurricane Matthew

, which has already been responsible for more than 113 deaths across the Caribbean, the curator of the most widely read conservative website, Matt Drudge, irresponsibly peddled a conspiracy theory that federal officials have exaggerated the danger posed by Hurricane Matthew “to make exaggerated point on

climate

.”

On Oct. 6, Drudge claimed “the deplorables” were wondering if the government was lying about the intensity of the deadly

hurricane

and also questioned the legitimacy of the National Hurricane Center’s data:

/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-784121449606852608&created_ts=1475784096.0&screen_name=DRUDGE&text=The+deplorables+are+starting+to+wonder+if+govt+has+been+lying+to+them+about+Hurricane+Matthew+intensity+to+make+exaggerated+point+on+climate&id=784121449606852608&name=MATT+DRUDGE

Drudge also used his website, one of the most

widely read

sites on the internet, DrudgeReport.com to put Florida residents in danger and push the conspiracy theory with a banner titled “STORM FIZZLE? MATTHEW LOOKS RAGGED!,” alongside links titled “IT’S A 4?” and “RESIDENTS NOT TAKING SERIOUSLY…”

In direct contrast to Drudge, Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott

warned

those in the hurricane’s path that “this storm will kill you,” while Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

described

the storm as “dangerous.” Fox News host Shepard Smith

warned

Floridians that if they did not evacuate “you and everyone you know is dead” and that “you can’t survive it,” while The National Weather Service for Melbourne, Florida warned residents that the storm was “LIFE-THREATENING” and “more impacting than Hurricane David and 2004 hurricanes!”:


/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-783966631458320385&created_ts=1475747184.0&screen_name=NWSMelbourne&text=5+am+%7C+Matthew+LIFE-THREATENING+as+it+moves+up+the+EAST+CENTRAL+FLORIDA+coast.+More+impacting+than+Hurricane+David%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FjKSDf5BAVL&id=783966631458320385&name=NWS+Melbourne

Drudge joined Rush Limbaugh in peddling irresponsible conspiracy theories about the hurricane, placing their audience in danger. Earlier, Limbaugh

downplayed

the storm by ranting about “politics in the forecasting of hurricanes because there are votes” and

previously claimed

the National Hurricane Center is “playing games” with “hurricane forecasting” to convince viewers of

climate change

.


Update:

Conspiracy theorist and Trump ally Alex Jones

retweeted

Matt Drudge, expressing support and agreement with his dangerous hurricane conspiracy while adding the white supremacist “altright” hashtag:

/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-784123472138018816&created_ts=1475784578.0&screen_name=RealAlexJones&text=.%40DRUDGE+This+is+exactly+why+they+want+to+eradicate+free+speech…+so+you+can%27t+question+official+%23globalwarming+na%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2Fs9qmHSJtfu&id=784123472138018816&name=Alex+Jones

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