In A Bubble: MSNBC Mistakes Soda Can Noise 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.

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