FOX 2 Weatherman Chris Higgins Argues with Post-Dispatch Weather Grouch, Joe Strauss
There seems to have been a bit of back and forth between Higgins and columnist Joe Strauss:
I've concluded on-air meteorologists are dressed up carnival barkers. But the pay is so much better. #RolledUpSleeves— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) February 3, 2013
STL TV's will numb us today w/video of snow blowers, street scrapers. They could really entertain by replaying last night's forecast. #goof— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) February 3, 2013
Hint to 314 weather types: spare the chit-chat and breathless teases. Market accuracy, not the shiny Doppler toys. A dusting is not 4".— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) February 3, 2013
Higgins says that his higher-ups approved of his response. "They said, 'We respect your concerns.... We respect your passion for your job.... Be careful...and say what you need to say.' I really respect that and I'm very grateful."
He says he is now trying to move on. "I'm completely shocked at the traction it got.... Sadly enough, you kind of get sucked into it. It becomes a melodrama."
He says, "If I offended anybody by my choice of words, I apologize," adding, "I hope that our viewers, most of them understand that everybody deserves a little respect, even if they've missed the mark a little bit."