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:
— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
Here’s another view:
WATCH: Weather Channel Reporter Acts As If He Can Barely Stand During Hurricane Coverage as 2 Citizens Casually Walk By
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 14, 2018
Naturally, the Weather Channel got hammered for this bit of fake news.
Fake news in action. https://t.co/VfmuFwJdBl
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) September 14, 2018
And he Oscar goes to pic.twitter.com/KTuS6ar1cI
— 𝕶𝖆𝖙 𝕱𝖚𝖑𝖌𝖊𝖓𝖟 (@KatbeeFulgenz) September 14, 2018
I like the Weather Channel. But look at this guy acting like the wind is about to blow him over as he rocks back and forth. Meanwhile, I guess he missed the guys walking behind him casually talking on their phones. OOPS!!
— 🇺🇸John #KAG🇺🇸🚂👊🐸 (@JohnCooper0610) September 14, 2018
Weather Channel dude: *about to be blown off his feet by the wind*
Two locals: *casually walking down the street taking cell phone vids*
I love you North Carolina pic.twitter.com/rEQtIupi5m
— Scott Coleman (@scottsalesforce) September 14, 2018
— Skol Bandit (@TheSkolBandit) September 16, 2018
The Weather Channel be like pic.twitter.com/QbX3srDIAA
— wat (@handbookoflols) September 16, 2018
For this commercial break, here is a Weather Channel update. LOL!https://t.co/2h92ffG32e
— RollTideY’all (@_BradTaylor) September 16, 2018
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