*Another day, another apology from the NBC family.
Weatherman Al Roker, who is at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with the “Today” show, blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina in a flurry of furious tweets Thursday over their decision to keep public schools open during a snowstorm.
“I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term,” the “Today” show forecaster tweeted.
“Snow policy is ridiculous,” Roker tweeted. “Tell people to stay off the roads. Stay home. But send your kids/teachers/staff in?”
Roker, whose daughter is a student at a New York City public school, also raised the issue of safety. “It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed,” he continued in the tweet dialogue.
The mayor and school chief defended their decision to keep schools open, saying the National Weather Service forecast had called for lighter snow.
“[De Blasio] says snow was faster/heavier than expected,” Roker tweeted. “No, Mr. Mayor. It came as predicted. Don’t blame weather for YOUR poor policy.”
“How dare @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools throw [the National Weather Service] under the school bus,” Roker raged. “Forecast was on time and on the money.”
On NBC’s “Today” show Friday, Roker stood by his comments regarding de Blasio’s decision, but apologized for his tweet forecasting “one term” for the mayor, calling it “below the line.”
In January, MSNBC apologized to the Republican National Committee for a tweet about the Cheerios Super Bowl ad featuring a biracial family. The cable news had previously parted ways with Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin, while weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry issued a tearful apology for her comments regarding Mitt Romney’s adopted African-American grandson.