In a terrifying incident, CBS Los Angeles meteorologist Alissa Carlson Schwartz collapsed during a live television broadcast. As her co-anchors, Nichelle Medina and Rachel Kim, cut to her segment, Alissa began to turn white and leaned forward on her desk. Despite trying to catch herself, her eyes rolled back, and she continued leaning forward. At first, her co-anchors did not seem to notice what was happening.

Soon after, they informed viewers they were taking a “quick break.” CBS Los Angeles Vice President and News Director Mike Dello Stritto later addressed the situation, stating:

“Our colleague Alissa Carlson became ill during our 7 AM newscast this morning. I want to thank her co-workers who took immediate action to comfort Alissa and call 911. Alissa is being treated at the hospital right now. Hopefully, we’ll know more shortly. In the meantime, Alissa will be in our thoughts, and we’re praying for her to be feeling much better soon.”

TMZ reported that Carlson had a similar episode years ago while working for another station, where she vomited on set during a weather report. This incident led to her diagnosis of a leaky heart valve in 2014. Thankfully, Alissa took to Facebook to inform viewers that she was going to be okay, saying, “Thanks for all the texts, calls, & messages. I’m going to be ok!”

In a bizarre parallel, another collapse occurred in January during a presidential campaign announcement. Republican Rollan Roberts II, a West Virginia state senator launching a longshot bid for the presidency, hesitated as his wife collapsed during his speech.

The scene unfolded at the West Virginia State Capitol, and The New York Post reported that footage showed an aide trying to stop her from falling but ultimately failed. The candidate appeared to do nothing as several people walked over to help his wife.

It took a full five seconds before Roberts finally went to her side. As a result, social media users mocked him mercilessly for his lackluster response to his wife’s distress.

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Santiago Mayer, executor director of Voters Tomorrow, remarked, “You probably missed this but another Republican announced he was running for President while his pregnant wife literally passed out in the background.”

Others on Twitter criticized Roberts for his delayed reaction, with one user saying:

“Pro-tip: if you’re announcing that you’ll be running for president of those United States and your wife faints during the announcement, you look like a psycho if, like Rollan Roberts II, you’re the fifth person to move to help her. Shortest presidential campaign in history.”

Both incidents raise questions about how individuals in the public eye handle unexpected moments of crisis, especially when those affected are their loved ones. As viewers and constituents, we expect compassion and prompt action from those in positions of power and authority. Are these incidents isolated, or do they reveal something about the character of those involved?

Sources: ConservativeBrief, TMZ, NYpost

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