CNN Anchor Falsely Calls Joplin 'Deadliest Tornado On Record'

May 28th, 2011 5:25 PM

America's media for a full week now have been shamefully hyping last Sunday's natural disaster in Joplin, Missouri.

Continuing with this trend Saturday was CNN's Fredricka Whitfield who on "CNN Newsroom" actually called this "the deadliest tornado on record" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Top of the hour right now, we're focusing on the things that are not so fun in Joplin, Missouri. More than 150 people still have not been heard from since the deadliest tornado on record hit there last Sunday.

132 are confirmed dead. More than 1,000 people were hurt. The federal government has approved nearly $3 million in aid, and President Obama actually plans to meet with survivors tomorrow in the city of Joplin.

Deadliest on record?

Fortunately, Whitfield's not even close.

The deadliest tornado in history was the Daultipur-Salturia Tornado in Bangladesh on April 26, 1989, which killed approximately 1,300 people.

Here in America, Joplin currently ranks eighth. The most deadly was 1925's Tri-State Tornado which killed 695 people in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri.

Don't fret, Fredricka - few Americans really believe CNN is the most trusted name in news.

(H/T NBer Gary Hall)