Ratio in progress: CNN’s Brian Stelter comes to the defense of Mike Seidel

As we told you earlier, The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel was called out in a now-viral video for apparently faking the weather conditions during a live shot on TV. As you can see in the video, Seidel is leaning into the wind making it look like he can barely stand up while two guys in the background just casually walk down the street.

The Weather Channel then made things worse, in our opinion, when they released a statement saying the guys in the background were able to walk so easily because they were on the pavement while Seidel was on the grass. And they said Seidel was exhausted from his reporting.

Which brings us to CNN’s Brian Stelter, who bought The Weather Channel’s excuse:

This looks bad, obviously. But FWIW, in @MikeSeidel‘s defense, the channel noted that “the 2 individuals in the background are walking on concrete” while he’s on wet grass, and he was “undoubtedly exhausted” from constant live shots… https://t.co/KcnxW2Ejoi

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 15, 2018

Every. Time:

Omg😂 I mean, how are you always on the wrong side of every single thing?😂

— Carl Gustav, President of Whataboutism, Inc. (@CaptYonah) September 15, 2018

It was fake, but accurate maybe?

Reporters need to give viewers a realistic view of what’s happening not a dramatized one. pic.twitter.com/7mqO4CoSbz

— Jennifer Palumbo (@JenNimePalumbo) September 15, 2018

Or maybe it was an alternative fact:

Alternative facts.

— Lauri (@lauri868) September 15, 2018

Apple or banana?

Is that an apple or a banana?

— Palmetto Joe (@Palmetto_Joe) September 15, 2018

This really is a bad look for the guy on “Reliable Sources”:

LOL. Nice try.

It is an unusually clear, and presumably non-political, example of the lack of journalistic ethics that has led to the deluge of fake news. What is unusual is that it is not a @CNN report.

— wernet (@wernet) September 15, 2018

And as we noted earlier, if Seidel was exhausted, why didn’t he just do the segment on the pavement that was about 12 inches to his left?

It still looks bad!!

— Mark Potts (@pottsmark) September 15, 2018



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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 15, 2018


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