Posts Misrepresent Military’s Response to Maui Wildfires

Posted on AllSides August 18th, 2023
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The White House declared the site of the Maui wildfires a disaster area, and the Department of Defense has provided more than 400 troops, air support and other resources in firefighting and recovery efforts. Yet posts on Instagram misrepresent the federal response and one falsely claimed “the military is standing down.”

The Maui wildfires that started on Aug. 8 caused widespread devastation in the historic Lahaina area, and the death toll had climbed to 111 by Aug. 17. Authorities have described it as the deadliest natural disaster in the state’s history. Hawaii Gov. Josh...

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