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As Hurricane Storm Florence lashed through the Carolinas with howling winds and heavy rain, one reporter was captured attempting to keep it together as winds appeared to lash at him, but was mocked when two people were seen walking behind him with little difficulty.
The viral video, which has more than 13.6 million views, showed Weather Channel correspondent Mike Seidel in Wilmington, North Carolina, trying to fight the heavy wind as he reported live from the storm on Friday.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This is about as nasty as it’s been,” Seidel said.
A few moments later, the camera panned away and two people were seen walking behind Seidel, appearing to have no problem with the wind.
The Weather Channel defended Seidel saying he was “trying to maintain his footing on wet grass” while the two people seen in the background were walking on concrete, The Washington Post reported.
“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 channel said in a statement.
On social media, users have blasted the reporter. Some examples follow.
— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
I added Music to .@gourdnibler‘s Weather Channel clip where the reporter is being blown away while the two dudes walk by casually. #HurricaneFlorence (tweeted as a reply to his tweet) pic.twitter.com/01bSO6tLIY
— Paul Chambers📢🏥🤡🌊 (@feedingtubepaul) September 15, 2018
I’d swear this was CNN.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) September 14, 2018
What a joke ! Dude just stand up and have a snack 😂😂😂😂😂
— Kenneth Anderson🍔🍟 (@Jitski43Kenneth) September 15, 2018
And the establishment wonder why #fakenews has become such an incendiary topic.
— A Black Sheep (@AB1ackSheep) September 15, 2018
Thank you for posting this Tony…This is a great example of ALL mainstream media broadcasting in this day in age…everything is orchestrated to create drama and get you to follow…believe it or not young people, there used to be a time when actual news was reported.
— Jo Davidson (@lookforjo) September 14, 2018
— Esterina (@EsterinaBacali) September 15, 2018
— Sean Drvenkar (@SDrvenkar) September 15, 2018
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