On Oct. 29, 2020, WFLA News published a story about a rally for U.S. President Donald Trump held outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Twitter users pointed out that the headline appeared to be misleading:
This lede is misleading 🤪 … reads like it was the fire truck water that sent them to hospital … it was actually the heat https://t.co/WA4PzuNQ74
— Kay (@KayLovesToRead) October 29, 2020
— Jon-Michael DeBona (@jdebona) October 29, 2020
That's a laughably misleading headline
— Absolut Karma (@AbsolutGrumpy) October 29, 2020
You uh. Wanna try standing in front of a firefighters hose. For science?
— Gelasia Kidd (@OtterlyRambling) October 29, 2020
Very misleading headline nbc
— Jessica (@drum_ear) October 29, 2020
everyone appreciated the cooling off/mist. your headline is expected of fakenews
— Tom Strocchio (@TomWhom) October 29, 2020
It was, in fact, the Florida heat, not water pressure from the fire truck water, that was the reason for the hospitalizations. NBC News reported that 17 people were hospitalized for heat-related reasons:
A crowded Trump rally in steamy Tampa, Florida, on Thursday resulted in 17 attendees needing medical attention, with a dozen being taken to the hospital, fire officials told NBC News.
Trump spoke for just under an hour in 87-degree heat at the event outside of Raymond James Stadium to a largely mask-less group of supporters.
A fire truck at the rear of the rally sprayed water in the air to rain down on some rallygoers, but the heat was too much for some attendees, many of whom had been waiting for hours.
The Tampa Bay Times wrote that “an unrelenting sun baked down on Trump’s attendees.” It also published: “At one point Tampa Fire Rescue firefighters opened up a hose on a fire truck at the back of the event, shooting a plume of water into the air that enveloped much of the venue in a refreshing mist.”
Zac Anderson with the Herald-Tribune tweeted a video of the water spraying into the air:
Fire truck spraying the crowd at Trump rally in Tampa. Did I mention it’s hot? I’m getting sprayed 100 yards away. pic.twitter.com/Sq35nVnra1
— Zac Anderson (@zacjanderson) October 29, 2020
WFLA News updated the headline to read: “Trump supporters sprayed with fire truck water at MAGA rally due to heat, 12 people transported to hospital.”