Weather Channel Meteorologist Claims Haiti Is Deforested Because Children 'Eat the Trees'
Viewers this week expressed outraged at Weather Channel Meteorologist Jen Delgado, who asserted that the deforesting of Haiti could be attributed to hungry children eating the trees.
While reporting on Hurricane Matthew on Monday, Delgado noted that Haiti faced additional risk because the country had fewer trees than the Dominican Republic.
“That’s because this whole area has been essentially deforested,” she explained. “They take all the trees down, the burn the trees. Even the kids there, they’re so hungry, they actually eat the trees.”
Delgado quickly felt the backlash from viewers on Twitter.
@JenDelgadoTWC did you really say that kids in Haiti eat trees? Stop spreading lies and false information.— TheDRoweShow (@TheDRoweShow)1475554290.0
Damn, I missed it...now I hear people R so poor in #Haiti that they eat TREES! @weatherchannel Jen Delgado #girlbye PROVE IT b4 U report it!— Ethan José (@Ethan José)1475565321.0
It is disgusting that in 2016 #theweatherchannel can have uneducated people like @JenDelgadoTWC… https://t.co/TTUMUU4V9Z— Mia Lopez (@Mia Lopez)1475574710.0
According to @JenDelgadoTWC #Haiti's deforestation is a result of children eating the trees. 😳U hear me. #Ignorance in its fullness #Matthew— ChangingHaiti (@ChangingHaiti)1475570906.0
Weather Channel CEO David Clark apologized after being contacted by viewer Phedra Remarais.
“We are terribly sorry for an on air error and are taking measures to correct it,” Clark wrote. “It should not have happened period.”
Watch the video clip below from The Weather Channel, broadcast Oct. 3, 2016.