Today this particular Weather Channel Meteorologist got Donkey of The Day after making an assumption about the children of Haiti… While reporting about Hurricane Matthew the other day Jen 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.”
After making this ignorant assumption Jen felt the wrath of Social Media with many now calling for her termination.
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?”
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.