A man wandered into a live shot and involuntarily foiled a Weather Channel reporter ‘s attempt to exaggerate the high winds from Hurricane Zeta.
In the dramatic live shot, the correspondent reporting from New Orleans amidst the impactful hurricane’s eye wall is seen struggling to get up, leaning in the gusts of wind as a palm tree sways violently behind him.
The journalist’s act comes to an abrupt end when a man casually walks in off-screen and attempts to speak to the journalist, who at this point gives up all pretense of a struggle.
Sensing that the plan might be ruined, the cameraman walks away from the reporter and begins filming random buildings.
This is not The Weather Channel’s first foray into staging fake news.
In September 2018, as Hurricane Florence threatened the East Coast, a reporter was mocked on social media for claiming to be battling supposedly high winds, while two men carelessly strolled around the shooting range behind him.
In this case, the weather channel released a statement defending their reporter, saying Buzzfeed:
“It is important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete and that Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his balance on the wet grass, having aired reports until 1:00 am ET this morning and is undoubtedly out of print.
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