There is a right way and wrong way to sternly warn people about the seriousness of the impending hurricane currently barreling towards the East Coast of the United States. Guess which one Fox decided to do?
While manning the helm of Fox’s weather coverage, non-meteorologist Shep Smith decided to crank up the sensationalism and fear-mongering with a ridiculous segment that promised mayhem, destruction, and dead children if the storm shifted even a little from its current trajectory. It was less “let’s warn people so they can stay safe” and more “let’s terrify people for the sake of ratings.” It raised more than a few eyebrows.
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“This moves 20 miles to the west and you and everyone you know are dead. All of you. Because you can’t survive it. It’s not possible unless you’re very, very lucky.”
And lest people think “everyone you know are dead” was too ambiguous, Shep had a more specific reminder:
“And your kids die too.”
It’s hard to say what is worse: Smith’s useless fear-mongering or that grin he wears on his face the entire time.
Despite that weird smile, Smith does appear to be genuinely concerned about the people in Florida. Earlier in the segment, he stressed the importance of evacuating. He had his reasons. Later, Smith awkwardly joked that he would be attending a wedding tonight and if “too many of you perish, they’ll send me down there. And I need to go to this wedding, okay?”
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