A Hurricane Harvey survivor who was clearly overwhelmed and emotional about the devastation that has befallen her city over the last few days was singled out by a CNN reporter for an interview – but the woman turned the tables on the reporter and blasted her for being a mainstream media vulture.
The awkward incident took place on Tuesday during CNN’s live coverage of the storm, which saw host Jim Acosta and reporter Rosa Flores bear down on a survivor named Daniel, who could be seen caring for her young child.
“Let me introduce you to Danielle here,” Flores began. “You just arrived. Share with us how you were rescued.”
“Some guys had called our phone and asked where we were. We were waiting for police for, like, 36 hours and they never came,” Danielle recalled. “We were waiting at the home. We did the white flag and everything. Nobody came.”
“But then somebody called the phone after we decided to leave the house. We walked to the gas station with the kids, and they picked up us. We had been there five days with no food, no lights, and nobody came. Like, nobody came.”
Flores then tried to spin the interview in an emotional angle by pointing to “stories of mothers trying to save their children from rushing waters” and asking the distraught victim to weigh in.
“We walked through four feet of water to get them food on the first day,” Danielle snapped back. “Yeah, that’s a lot of shit. But you all are sitting here trying to interview people through their worst time. Like that’s not the smartest thing to do.”
“Like, people are really breaking down,” she scolded, “and you are all sitting here with cameras and microphones trying to ask us what the f*ck is wrong with us. And you really trying to understand with the microphone still in my face, with me shivering cold, with my kids wet, and you are still putting a microphone in my face.”