The Hazards of Live TV: #25,187

I never get away clean on a trip without having to post about something after putting the blog in park and this trip is no exception. I’ll let NewsBusters’ Brent Baker tell the tail

CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?”

Moments earlier, before an ad break, she segued from the Northeast blizzard to a segment with Bill Nye “the science guy,” by pointing to global warming: “Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame? I’ll talk to Bill Nye, ‘the science guy,’ about devastating storms and climate change.”

She never got to that question in the subsequent interview at about 3:25 PM EST during CNN Newsroom, instead transitioning from a snowfall update: “Talk about something else that’s falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. What’s coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, of global warming or is this just some meteoric occasion?”

Nye resisted confirming her hypothesis.

Ugh. Trip or no trip, I couldn’t let this one go by without piling on. What an embarrassment for CNN. Truly horrendous. Baker put this as his headline…

Parody or Does She Believe It? CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming

There is absolutely no way this was a parody. If I was in charge of CNN’s anchor rotation, Deb Feyerick would have just seen her last day anchoring a CNN program.


31 Responses to “The Hazards of Live TV: #25,187”

  1. “This moment of Les Nessman was brought to you by CNN: The Most Trusted Name in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.”

  2. But will the asteroid shade the clear sky enough that poor Spud will not ever be able to find the lost snorkel? Let Bill Nye and Al Gore answer THAT one!

  3. Was readying myself to post on here that Spud’s just being a crab because no one is that dumb. Then I watched the video. After that I watched it again. Now, instead, I find myself wanting to defend Les Nessman over being insulted by the chickie ^ ^.

  4. Waiting for her to ask Bill if turkeys can fly.

  5. “The first question to pop into a lot of peoples’ minds…”. Yes, all those “people” who were, apparently, unaware that blizzards occasionally occur in Winter. Sounds a bit like “some people say”.

  6. A local news meteorologist did a pretty good job this afternoon explaining how this snow storm isn’t all that unusual for the East Coast. The NorEaster’s timing relative to the second weather pattern it absorbed along with the Jet Stream’s location (which is a recurring theme this year as that’s why Hurricane Sandy took the path it did) gave it the spin necessary to pull moisture in off the warm Gulf Stream and send it up and over the top of the colder in-rushing air. That’s why it snowed so much.

  7. And I thought it was from the melting glacier generating a giant rolling ice-ball, the shear friction gasifying the dylithium crystals of Lake Superior into one single snow-flake the size of Texas.

  8. And ‘gasifying’ brings us back to yesterday’s beans in Boston, so it kind of makes sense.

  9. That’s what I thought.

  10. It’s the Circle of Half-Life. Or something like that.

  11. I wouldn’t mind her being off the anchor rotation more because of her general presentation than this snafu. She just isn’t watchable, especially compared to most of CNN’s regulars.

  12. Yes, everybody is wondering how global warming is changing the trajectory of asteroids. In space. Without weather.

  13. In space, no one can hear it snow.

  14. Could be a solar storm -billions and billions of high-energy particles from an over-active Sun impacting the asteroid and altering its course by… three or four millimetres.

  15. I had a solar storm once, but it could’ve been a bad burrito.

  16. That’s a whole different kind jet stream.

  17. When they determined that next Friday’s asteroid would be an ever-so-slight miss I hope their calculations were based on the gravitational pull of the Earth-Moon system and not just the Earth’s pull. An impact from that damn thing would certainly ruin the weekend.

  18. If it lands in the Bermuda Triangle, will we ever know?

  19. I say we send Joe, Bruce Willis, and Arrowsmith up in the space shuttle to plant a bomb on the thing.

  20. What’s Sinclair Lewis got to do with anything?

  21. Well, unlike Al Gore, he deserved his Nobel Prize.

  22. What’s the difference between this and Fox anchors/hosts seeing ONE really snowy day or week in New York and asking “what happened to the global warming everyone is talking about?”

    Do they realize that global warming is based on the long term climate of the earth, not one part of the world being really cold? If anything, that actually proves the existence of climate change.

  23. Kevin that’s the reason people don’t know what to think……if it rains its GW if it doesn’t rain its GW if it snows its GW if it doesn’t its GW….everything is caused by GW and people don’t know what to think.

    As for Fox you would have a point maybe if they talked about no GW since there is ice and snow on a meteor….otherwise it’s just….but but but …..Fox does it… the video….its shame on CNN host and nothing Fox or MSNBC has done in the past changes that……this is just bad. Years ago she would already looking for a job…..these days nothing will happen….of course had she made fun of GW then on CNN she would no longer be……and that’s the point.

  24. Kevin’s response was the most boring tiresome crap that belongs on Mediaite, not here where people actually think, or in the case of Andy, try to.

  25. What’s the difference between this and Fox anchors/hosts seeing ONE really snowy day or week in New York and asking “what happened to the global warming everyone is talking about?”

    You have GOT to be kidding. An asteroid in space? Affected by Global Warming? Seriously?

  26. lonestar77 Says:

    Poor Global Warming gets blamed for everything. The only thing for sure is that it causes liberals to lose their minds. Hot, Cold, Dry, Wet, Asteroids: everything can be explained by blaming “Global Warming”. I wonder if Chris Matthews will pop a vein screaming that this CNN lady hates science?

  27. Yet another example of why CNN must tear apart everything and everyone if it pretends to change itself. This network wants to be seen as intelligent but its flagship program, CNN Newsroom is just hours of dumbing down the news trying to grab people’s attention by polemicizing everything. It is so funny when it backfires.
    If (IF) CNN cares about quality, it should *at least* fire the anchor ASAP.

  28. Global warming is even more magic since they branded it “climate change”. Thus it is all encompassing since the climate always has been and always will be … changing. Now where you assign the cause of change, that seems to be as much political as anything.

  29. While politicians waste their time on global warming or whatever they call it these days, the real threat are asteroids. There are millions and many are hard to spot. There are no plans on how to get rid of an asteroid if one were to hit our precious planet. The consequences of climate change will take decades if not centuries whereas an asteroid the size of a football field would wipe a whole lot of us out within hours. Why aren’t people talking about this?

  30. The dinosaur never talked about that either. When liberals figure a way to use it as a political lever, then maybe some talk.

  31. Please let this be an inside joke or something because this is just sad. And she’s in the anchor chair? On CNN?! Wow…

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