Video: Weather Channel reporter busted trying to fake extreme wind conditions

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.

“This is about as nasty as it’s been,” said Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel.

It looked good, that is, until two civilians were spotted casually walking on the pavement in the background.  Then the jig was up.

Here’s the video:

Here’s another video:

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.

What?

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.

And they wonder why conservatives no longer trust the news media…

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