Commentary

Reporter Called Out for 'Fake News' After Florence Live Report Goes Very Wrong

Combined Shape

It’s kind of sad when even The Weather Channel gets called out for fake news.

As I write this, Florence is pounding the Carolinas. We hope our readers and everyone down there are safe and stay safe. Obviously, going out in the storm is probably inadvisable.

However, weathermen like going out in the storm and showing how dangerous it is, making a show of how much of a struggle they’re putting up against the wind and the rain whenever there’s a hurricane.

Sometimes, they like doing it a little too much, which brings us to the odd case of The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel.

According to BizPac Review, Seidel — a Weather Channel veteran — was reporting on Florence from North Carolina on Friday.

Trending:
CDC Quietly Changes Major Part of 'How COVID-19 Spreads' Page, Adds Advice That Millions Didn't Get When Trump Was in Office

“This is about as nasty as it’s been,” Seidel, clad in the standard-issue windbreaker, struggled mightily against the storm. So, how nasty was it? Check the background for an answer.

That’s right, as he struggles to stay upright, two guys are just striding along in the background.

Now, there are two possibilities here. The first is that Seidel is exponentially weaker than two random guys who were just walking along in the background (in shorts, no less). The other is that he was faking the battle to stay upright to make for dramatic TV.

I’m going to go with the latter one, for whatever reason.

Even Ari Fleischer and Bret Baier noted that it didn’t look so good for Seidel:

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, The Weather Channel somehow managed to make things sound worse.

“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,” they said.

Do you think this Weather Channel reporter was faking it?

Related:
Conservatives Fighting Back in the Culture War: The Daily Wire Announces New Film 'Run Hide Fight'

The Weather Channel tries to take us everywhere during their coverage of hurricanes, storms which they seem to secretly love thanks to footage like this (when it happens without people strolling by casually in the background, of course). What I would have loved to see more than anything, however, is the office where some P.R. official had to craft that statement.

Wet grass? Undoubtedly exhausted? As their fingers hit the keys, did they not realize they were engaging in one of the most misguided rationalizations for an embarrassment in recent media memory?

I suppose they had to do it, but that doesn’t mean I can’t boggle at just how fake it all is.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →






We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
, , ,
Combined Shape
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture




Conversation