Old footage has resurfaced of the hilarious moment when then-rookie journalist Michelle Kosinski was caught on a canoe segment for NBC’s Today Show, when it emerged that the former UK ambassador to the US was being investigated on suspicion that he had been investigating secrets of the White House had passed on to her. .
This week, it was revealed that former British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch, 66, was under investigation over an alleged affair with Kosinski, 46, who was a reporter for CNN at the time.
Suspicions were raised among US officials after a series of articles by Kosinski detailed highly sensitive inside information about the Trump administration.
A Justice Department investigation later cleared Darroch of misconduct and denied leaking stories to the journalist.
But this isn’t the first time Kosinski has run into trouble because of her coverage.
Old footage has resurfaced of the hilarious moment when then-rookie journalist Michelle Kosinski was caught on NBC’s Today Show, when it emerged that the former UK ambassador to the US was being investigated for suspicions that he was revealing White House secrets during an affair. passed her on
This week, it was revealed that former British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch, 66, was under investigation over an alleged affair with Kosinski, 46, (pictured), who was a reporter for CNN at the time.
Archival footage from the NBC Today Show reveals the chilling moment when the avid reporter appeared to try – and fail – to mislead viewers about the extent of the floods that hit parts of the East Coast.
The incident, which would later be dubbed “ Canoe-gate, ” took place on October 14, 2005, when the new and emerging NBC News correspondent reported live on the floods in Wayne, New Jersey.
It lets Kosinski canoe through flood waters, telling viewers how ‘deep’ it is before being rumbled as two men casually stroll through the ankle-deep water.
The segment kicks off with anchors Matt Lauer and Katie Couric going live to Kosinski, who sits in a canoe paddling through the floodwaters on a flooded suburban thoroughfare.
“Good morning, so we’re clearly getting a nice break from the rain, but not the floods,” Kosinski begins.
Her dramatic segment is quickly interrupted by two men in hip waders walking through the water just past her boat.
The water is ankle deep for the men.
The correspondent continues to row on the water as if nothing had happened and describes how it is ‘really tough’ in a canoe or boat.
This is now essentially part of the Passaic River in this neighborhood. It stormed in through the streams yesterday and it’s really hard to steer a canoe or a boat when you’re in it – it’s much deeper out there, ”she says.
Archival footage from the NBC Today Show reveals the chilling moment when the avid reporter appeared to try – and fail – to mislead viewers about the extent of flooding that hit parts of the East Coast
The incident, dubbed “Canoe-gate,” took place on October 14, 2005, when the new and up-and-coming NBC News correspondent reported live in Wayne, New Jersey. It shows Kosinski canoeing through flood waters when two men casually stroll through the ankle-deep water
The hosts in the studio intervene to question Kosinski about the water level.
“Michelle is kind of like a heavy drop-off in there. When we go back we saw these guys walking a few seconds ago, ‘asks Lauer, while Couric laughs.
“Are these holy men walking on the water?” Lauer continues as the show reruns at the time Kosinski was eliminated.
Kosinski tries to ease the tricky situation: ‘Why walk when you can row with you?
“If you have a ride like that, why would you want to walk?”
Lauer continues to make fun of her and asks, “Have you run ashore yet?”
She replies, “They wouldn’t let me go back into the deep water because they were afraid I might drift away.”
“It’s a weird piece of video Michelle,” Lauer continues before Couric laughs.
“Is your belt touching the ground, Michelle?” she asks.
“Of course not,” Kosinski replies.
The embarrassing blunder was picked up by other outlets and had soon made the rounds on Fox’s Tucker Carlson and Don Imus’ radio show.
Former British Ambassador Kim Darroch and his wife Vanessa together in 2018. Darroch was investigated for an alleged affair with Kosinski. He was later cleared of wrongdoing following an investigation by the Justice Department
U.S. officials believed Michelle Kosinski, pictured to the left with her British husband Kimbell Duncan at the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner, was tipped off by Lord Darroch about highly sensitive information about the Trump administration.
Fifteen years later, Kosinski found herself in a creek without a paddle again when allegations of an affair with Darroch and pertinent questions about how she got sensitive White House information surfaced this week.
Lord Darroch was reportedly suspected of tipping off Kosinski about various secrets of the Trump administration, including plans to make CIA Director Mike Pompeo Secretary of State, which happened later.
Kosinski is also reported to have learned of Pompeo’s plans to travel to North Korea to push for the return of three American citizens.
No story was reported, but the White House became more interested in Kosinski after that time.
She also apparently raised eyebrows when she was tipped off about US plans for tough sanctions against Russia.
The secret proposals were reportedly discussed privately with allies in France, Germany and the UK before being announced on April 6.
A source told The Sun Kosinski ‘were aware of these sanctions before they were announced’.
She also raised concern after hearing about a behind-closed-door feud between Donald Trump and US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
The Sun said it had seen ‘intimate’ messages between the pair about their plans to meet. Their affair reportedly began in early 2018.
The US authorities investigated the alleged relationship in detail for fear that it could lead to Darroch being blackmailed by hostile states.
Darroch has been married for 42 years and has two adult children, while Kosinski is also married and has two children.
Kosinski hit back at the allegations in a social media post where she blamed the leaks within Trump’s own circle for her string of firsts.
Darroch quit his post in Washington last July after leaked cables revealed he had labeled Trump as ‘incompetent’.
Darroch also claimed the president “radiates insecurity,” telling British officials that they should “start commending him for something he’s done” when they meet him.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Kosinski left her post at CNN just five months later.
Darroch has denied any inappropriateness and suggests that he leaked the stories to Kosinski.
Kosinski hit back at the allegations in a social media post, where she blamed leaks within Trump’s own circle for her string of firsts.
“There is a lot wrong and just not true with what is being reported,” she wrote on Twitter.
‘No such leak was found during a so-called leak investigation. For all those mentioned stories, this means that ‘sensitive’ information did not come from the former ambassador.
“It sounds like I had good sources and was doing my job.”
She added: ‘The Pompeo information (came) all from within Trump’s own orbit. Every fucking time. ‘