‘Don’t put your stupid hat on’ warns N.C. governor

Posted at 12:24 PM, Jul 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-03 12:24:09-04

RALEIGH, N.C. – During a Thursday morning briefing regarding Hurricane Arthur, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory offered some advice to those who have chosen to stay along the coast as Arthur moves through.

“I just want to also say to everyone, stay safe. I’ve mentioned this before to citizens, don’t put your stupid hat on,” he said.

He then directed his words toward members of the media who have gathered to report on Arthur and the storm's impact.

"We need the media to help inform you and to inform our citizens, but I don't want the media to pull a Dan Rather on us," he said. "You don't need to prove to the citizens that wind is powerful by standing out in the wind on a live shot. You don't need to stick your foot in the water to prove that waves are powerful, and that can take you out in the ocean, because even the media can put themselves in danger that puts our public safety officials in danger."

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So please don't pull a Dan Rather, do your job, but also recognize you've got to protect yourself, and please tell that to your producers, wherever they may be giving you directions.