WATCH: MSNBC Anchor Says She Heard Gunshots — Turns Out It Was a Soda Can Being Opened


Nicolle Wallace is an American journalist, author, anchor of Deadline: White House, and chief political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News.

She served as the White House Communications Director during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign. In 2008, Wallace also served as a senior advisor for the McCain–Palin campaign. She was a co-host of the long-running talk show The View and is a frequent contributor and guest host on MSNBC programs The 11th Hour with Brian Williams and Morning Joe, as well as on NBC’s Today Show.

On Tuesday, during a segment on the shooting at YouTube’s headquarters, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace thought someone opening a can of soda was somebody opening fire with a gun.

While covering the shooting at the YouTube campus in San Bruno, California, MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace mistook a soda can being opened for gunshots.

“I always go back to the horror of 9/11 and the complete reliance, you know, we’re in our tribes, we’re in our corners most of our lives,” Wallace said to a panel about the shooting. Then a can of soda can be heard being opened.

“I think we heard some gunshots. Should we listen to that for a second, control room?” she asked.

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The incident is only one of many in which MSNBC employees appear to misjudge just how loud gunshots actually are.

Back in June of 2016, NBC reporter Kerry Sanders joined a team of alligator trappers down in Florida and mistook the croak of a bullfrog for one of the nocturnal reptiles. As NewsBusters’ Kyle Drennen wrote at the time:

The melodramatic Sanders set the scene: “It is a precarious business. One wrong step could be deadly….there’s a tremendous amount of tension. Every splash, every movement on the water could be a gator.” Sitting near the water’s edge, Sanders heard a noise and breathlessly asked: “Was that a gator?” Trapper Ben Register replied: “That was a bullfrog.”