On Friday, viral videos showed a Weather Channel reporter appearing to struggle against hurricane force winds as he bravely gave his report about how bad things were in the midst of what is now Tropical Storm Florence. The video was so dramatic (for a while).  Mike Seidel was captured attempting to keep stand as winds appeared to lash at him, “This is about as nasty as it’s been,” Seidel. The video looked convincing,  that is until two civilians were spotted casually walking on the pavement in the background…oopsie.

Here’s the video:

Here’s another view:

Naturally, the Weather Channel got hammered for this bit of fake news.

The Weather Channel had an explanation, but it really didn’t make things any better.

“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 told Buzzfeed.


Twitchy asked the obvious: “Why didn’t Seidel move 12 inches to his left where there was pavement?”

Easy — it wasn’t in the script. Or Perhaps reporter Mike Seidel was trying to audition for the home of fake news, CNN. If that’s the case he didn’t do a very good job, after all, even liberals would know his act wasn’t real.


Much of this post was first seen at Conservative Firing Line