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Aransas Pass police chief posts scathing response to Washington Post article on post-Harvey cleanup

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An Aransas Pass police officer holds up an American flag during Hurricane Harvey. An Aransas Pass police officer holds up an American flag during Hurricane Harvey.

ARANSAS PASS - On September 10, the Washington Post published a story headlined " 'Nowhere else to go': Small Texas towns decimated by hurricane struggle to rebuild amid poverty."

The writer of the article, Mary Lee Grant, describes Aransas Pass as a poverty stricken town where "shrimpers struggle to get by on their disability checks."

The article focuses on what Grant claims is a struggle to rebuild because of the population of low-income residents.

The Aransas Pass Police Department's Chief Blanchard wrote a scathing review of the article on the Aransas Pass Police Department's Facebook page, crying that the article is inaccurately sensationalized.

"Sadly, the writer wasn't well informed and used the power of the pen to inaccurately sensationalize her report about AP," Chief Blanchard wrote.

Blanchard called the story "fake news."

"Unfortunately, #FakeNews seems to attract more these days than factually based news," the Facebook post said, complete with a photo with CNN's logo changed to "FNN, Fake News Network." 

The post then continued to fact check pieces of information from the Washington Post story. 

Chief Blanchard ended the post by praising the resiliency of his community, saying "we have had about 5000 volunteers coming through our community since Harvey's destruction hit, and progress has been nothing short of amazing!"

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