LAST CHANCE: Special 48 Hour Townhall Blowout Sale
Ragin' Cajun: James Carville Went on an Unhinged Rant About the Supreme Court
What Arab Nations Are Reportedly Saying to Israel in Private Is Quite Interesting
Chevrolet Went the Anti-Bud Light Route for Their Holiday Commercial
The 'Poop Map' Debate Should Be The Standard
Confucius and the Tiger
A Quick Bible Study Vol. 194: Handel’s Messiah and The Bible
The Deceit and the Truth of Strength in Diversity
Competing Interests Undermine Our Faith in COP28
Fox News Host Stuns Audience After Calling Out Network's Decision to Fire Tucker...
More Rumors Swirl Regarding Trump's Potential 2024 VP
Vermont School District Officials Claim ‘Detransition Awareness Day’ Would Harm ‘Trans’ St...
The Border Crisis Just Got Worse
The Most Level-Headed Response on Bob Menendez Comes From... John Fetterman
Biden Plans to Shell Out Billions of U.S. Dollars To Fuel His Radical...

MSNBC Anchor Mistakes Soda Can for Gunshot

In the middle of her coverage on the shooting at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California on Tuesday, MSNBC anchor Nicole Wallace thought she heard a gunshot. 


She was ready to interrupt her interview so her viewers could listen in on the live coverage, but it was a false alarm. Someone in the studio was just thirsty.

"I think we just heard some gunshots," she said in the middle of her conversation with her guest Steve Schmidt. "Can we listen to that? Control room? Not gun shots? Okay."

Of course, it is an honest mistake on Wallace's part. But it is another example of our panicked culture in light of yet another shooting in the past month or so. On Valentine's Day, 17 people were slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Then, last week at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, a young man shot a female student, leaving her with wounds that eventually killed her. The YouTube shooter, Nasim Aghdam, wounded several employees Tuesday when she shot up the headquarters for what appears to be revenge on the company for their censorship policies.

It's no wonder Americans are on edge.

Premature panic is not a new phenomenon. In August 2016, travelers in Terminal 8 in New York's JFK airport were struck with fear after hearing what they thought were gunshots. Multiple accounts suggest the noise was just a crowd of people cheering Olympian Usain Bolt’s 100-meter dash in the Rio Olympics, but when a few people thought otherwise and started running for their lives, others followed suit.


A New York Magazine contributor witnessed the stampedes.

The applause sounded like gunfire, somehow, or to someone; really, it only takes one. According to some reports, one woman screamed that she saw a gun. The cascading effect was easier to figure: When people started running, a man I met later on the tarmac said, they plowed through the metal poles strung throughout the terminal to organize lines, and the metal clacking on the tile floors sounded like gunfire. Because the clacking was caused by the crowd, wherever you were and however far you’d run already, it was always right around you.

So, what I'm saying is, Wallace isn't alone.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Videos