Is fake news affecting everything, even weather reporting now?
It appeared so after a report by the Weather Channel on Hurricane Florence in North Carolina went viral.
Check their reporter bracing in the horrific wind of the Hurricane.
“This is about as nasty as its been,” the reporter, Mike Seidel, said breathlessly.
Except maybe not so much…
— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
The video has over 400,000 likes.
The understated and charitable Bret Baier:
And former Bush official Ari Fleischer has the perfect name for it:
The reporter was defended by Brian Stelter from CNN (of course, they know acting well).
Weather Channel came up with an explanation but it wasn’t very good and not too many people were buying it.
“It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted,” the network said.
And then, of course, it raises the continuing question of why media puts reporters out in the hurricane anyway to get a shot of them being buffeted by wind and rain when, yes, we know there is wind and rain.
Not a great idea to risk people’s safety if there is a real problem. And not a reason to make up stuff if there isn’t.