Which is more newsworthy: severe, dangerous weather nearing St. Louis or the final race in a major American sporting event?
KSDK (Channel 5) chose weather Saturday afternoon as storms brought two confirmed tornadoes into the metro area, including one that damaged several businesses in St. Peters and this one that touched down briefly near Red Bud, Illinois:
The station interrupted its pre-race coverage of the Belmont Stakes, the last in a three-race event that starts with the Kentucky Derby, to update viewers on the extreme weather news.
And that's when the thunderstorms launched a shitstorm on Twitter:
KSDK sucks!!! No other local station is breaking into programming!! They keep saying to hookup your antenna to watch the race.....— Chantell (@Chantel34250000) June 7, 2014
Chester Lampkin KSDK Don't insult our intelligence. You don't HAVE to be on screen for hours repeating what we already know— Tyler (@HalloweenChickn) June 7, 2014
Get this weather shit off KSDK #IGotMoneyOnThisRace— Andy Bartell (@andybardles) June 7, 2014
@ksdknews this is just two excited weather people talking to each other!!— Jimmy Long (@jimmyjack630) June 7, 2014
JUST DO A CRAWL, @ksdknews ! FOR CRAP'S SAKE!!!!!!!!!!— Bethany (@14dabucs) June 7, 2014
And there's more where that comes from.Plus, you should see what happens on Twitter when KSDK delays Jeopardy! That and more on page two. Supporters were quick to defend KSDK and accuse the horse-race enthusiasts of losing sight of what's really important:
KSDK apologizing for interrupting a horse race just for tornado warnings up north. Horses are just so important, apparently. #stlwx— mokie (@mokie) June 7, 2014
Dear KSDK viewers: confirmed tornado on the ground. I hope it blows all your horses away.— mokie (@mokie) June 7, 2014
Geez KSDK, you should've just stayed with weather coverage.— Daniel Grote (@dangrote) June 7, 2014
@chesterlampkin Chester, all is good! It is better to be safe than sorry. We support you and KSDK!— Bill B (@BillBowe) June 7, 2014
The whole thing, really, got a little out of hand.
KSDK keeps apologizing for interrupting Belmont coverage with weather alert. They're one step away from sending Edible Arrangement #ItsOkay— Carl Wayne (@carlwayne1) June 8, 2014
@ksdknews Moar ponies, less trying to save trailer parks.— Bingo Boingo (@BBoingo) June 7, 2014
YOU'RE KILLING ME KSDK!— Cody Kniffen (@codykniffen) June 7, 2014
@ksdknews BOO Weather updates during the races. BOO KSDK. Your channel sucks.— jeff lange (@jslange714s) June 7, 2014
@ksdknews I'm never watching KSDK and I'll make sure others don't as well— Matt Meyer (@mattym2667) June 7, 2014
KSDK/Belmont Twitter shitstorm is possibly the dumbest thing I've ever seen in my lifetime.— Alt Apparel at MX (@AltApparelMX) June 7, 2014
Anger at KSDK turned out to be for naught. The race aired on time and uninterrupted.
But Twitter's extreme reaction should come as no surprise. If the Belmont Stakes fans seem intense, you should see what happens when KSDK has to delay Jeopardy! due to breaking weather news.It's not pretty:
I can't watch Jeopardy today because the St. Louis media feels compelled to tell us repeatedly that it snowed today... Seriously KSDK?— Brandon Braun (@brandon_braun) February 21, 2013
KSDK better watch out after interrupting Jeopardy for weather... They have incurred the wrath of the Yoli. Keep your hands off Wheel of For— Josh Renaud (@Kirkman) March 4, 2011
Shoutout to KSDK for interrupting my Jeopardy viewing time. Rude.— emvp (@emilymarquez123) February 20, 2014
@Jeopardy KSDK St. Louis pre-empts Jeopardy again because it's raining! Will you please get a station in STL that wants to air your show.— Jeopardy Trivia (@2trivial) June 26, 2013
Hey KSDK, I'm aware that it's snowing. Can you please put Jeopardy on? #Idiots— Andy (@CarnerosYTigres) February 21, 2013