“Today” show weatherman Al Roker apologized for a tweet predicting New York City mayor Bill de Blasio would only hold office for one term. While he was having dinner with Willie Geist and other “Today” show colleagues last night in Sochi, Roker fired off several tweets calling out the mayor for keeping schools open during yesterday’s snowstorm.
“That was a little below the line,” said Roker about the 1 term tweet, adding, “everything else I still stand by.”
Adding insult to injury, here’s how the first AP story on the matter was written:
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NEW YORK (AP) — TV weatherman Al Roker is largely standing by his public shellacking of New York City’s mayor for keeping public schools open during a snowstorm. But he is apologizing for his tweet forecasting “one term” for Bill de Blasio (dih-BLAH’-zee-oh).
Roker said Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that his tweet a day earlier was “below the line.”
Roker said he understands that some kids depend on school meals, and that working parents have trouble arranging backup child care. But he says other cities face the same issues and still close their schools.
He said it’s also a challenge for a working parent to scramble to get children to a school that stays open and then may have to close early.
De Blasio said Thursday that closing the schools was the right decision.