A day after the Weather Channel was praised for its outstanding green screen graphics depicting Hurricane Florence’s 10-foot storm surge, a reporter for the network is facing allegations he exaggerated wind speeds out in the field.
In the report shot in South Carolina Friday, a journalist is seen rocking back and forth fighting to stand in the face of 75-mile per hour winds.
Twitter users, however, keenly observed the journalist appeared to be exaggerating the intensity of the wind speeds as two men casually strolled into the shot behind him apparently impervious to Florence’s devastating winds.
Does “CNN own the Weather Channel?” asked one user, accusing the network of airing “fake news.”
And the hits kept rolling in:
This dude from @weatherchannel is straight up faking this. He can barely stand up while 2 dudes just walk by in the background. I think that’s why producers panned our 😂 yes. This storm is bad but literally don’t need #fakewind added to the madness #HurricanFlorence #FakeNews pic.twitter.com/TkNtejCNas
— MSTRDaB8R (@gordo924) September 14, 2018
— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
The Weather channel was selling this storm like they were getting a commission. https://t.co/d9ZKa56GcK
— Jonathan Leavitt (@survivorJon) September 14, 2018
CNN own the Weather Channel? 😂😂 #fakenews
— Mick Guilfoyle (@MICKGUILFOYLE) September 14, 2018
— Jeff Saxton (@JeffSaxtonVlogs) 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
— Brent Wynne (@BrentWynne) September 14, 2018
— hockey schtick (@hockeyschtick1) September 14, 2018
— Jordan Weir (@JordanKylieWeir) September 14, 2018
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) September 14, 2018
Reporter struggling in the wind while the other guys just casually stroll past. 😂 pic.twitter.com/Qb3AxgPXNT
— Only in America (@Crazzyintheusa) September 14, 2018
— DC101 (@DC101) September 14, 2018
Others compared it to the time a Today Show reporter used a canoe to illustrate high flood waters, only to have two men stroll into the frame with water up to their ankles.
— Jeff Jamison (@CBS11JeffJam) September 14, 2018
In a comment to BuzzFeed, a Weather Channel spokesperson defended their reporter, Mike Seidel, claiming he was tired and struggling because he wasn’t standing on concrete like the men walking behind him.
“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.