It’s a real fish out of Watters story.
Fox News host Jesse Watters managed to say something stupid on television yet again Monday night when he discussed seeing a predator making its way through Houston’s flooded roadways.
“I’ve seen some amazing things out there just looking at television over the weekend,” Watters told “The Five” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle. “Alligators on people’s back door steps. I saw a shark on a highway swimming in the water.”
However, among the many perils that Hurricane Harvey has brought to Texas, a fang-bearing fish is not one of them.
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Instead, the photo was the product of Dublin-based Twitter user Jason Michael McCann, who claims he knowingly shared the fake image with the caption, “Believe it or not, this is a shark on the freeway in Houston, Texas.”
“To be honest, the first thought that went through my head was, ‘F—ing idiots,'” McCann told BuzzFeed.
As Gizmodo reports, the shark photo has appeared in the wake of other disasters, including Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Sandy and flash floods in Texas two years ago.
“We are responsible for how we receive the information we’re getting,” said McCann. “If people choose to be fooled by a shark swimming by a car, I don’t think it says a great deal about me.”
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On Tuesday afternoon, Watters addressed the ubiquitous animal on Twitter, striking a far more serious tone than yesterday when he said on air how the situation was “like ‘Sharknado.'”
“Yesterday, I made a comment about a shark in the floodwaters in Texas. I sincerely apologize if I caused concern or alarm to anyone,” he tweeted. “The folks there and beyond are suffering unimaginable hardships. My heart goes out to them.”
Watters has previously jumped the shark with such career low points as going to New York City’s Chinatown and asking people if they knew karate as well as denigrating Ivanka Trump’s remarks at a panel on female entrepreneurship by saying, “I don’t really get what’s going on here, but I really liked how she was speaking into that microphone.”
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