Weather Channel Meteorologist Jen Delgado is feeling the wrath of social media users who are blasting the reporter for blaming Haiti’s deforestation in part to hungry children eating trees. With many now calling for her termination, Delgado has offered up an apology to save her job.
In a weather report about Hurricane Matthew preparing to hit Haiti hard, Delgado noted that the country suffers from a deforestation problem.
“They take all the trees down, they burn the trees,” and she continued with a curious claim, “Even the kids there, they’re so hungry, they actually eat the trees.”
Haiti’s well documented deforestation problem is actually caused by citizens chopping down trees to use for charcoal, the island’s primary choice for fuel, wlrn.org reports.
Former Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe posted the Weather Channel clip on Facebook writing, “Shame on you!! Jennifer Delgado and #Weather #Channel. Deeply disturbed by your reporting that Haitian children are eating trees! Where did you get this #info?”
Raw Story notes how Weather Channel CEO David Clark apologized after being contacted by a viewer.
“We are terribly sorry for an on air error and are taking measures to correct it,” Clark wrote. “It should not have happened period.”
Delgado also issued an on-air apology, saying: “I want to begin by apologizing for a statement I made yesterday that was found inappropriate,” she said. “My intention is always to inform and educate.”
Some say her apology is not enough. Watch below.
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