NBC News takes heat for sharing wildly contradictory statistics on mass shootings

by Peter Heck · Mar 24th, 2021 12:20 pm

Last Updated Mar 26th, 2021 at 2:55 pm

NBC News and its evening anchor, Lester Holt, are being criticized for falsifying their report about the number of mass shootings in America following Tuesday's attack in Boulder, Colorado.

On Tuesday evening's broadcast, Holt told the country that the United States has seen "more than 100" mass shootings in "the last 20 years."

"As a nation, we have been here so many times before. More than 100 times over the last 20 years. After a deadly pandemic year, the country is again facing an enemy within: gun violence and mass murder," Holt intoned.

The anchor provided no context or definition of the terminology, which actually contradicted even more exaggerated numbers he promoted three years ago. The Media Research Center documented that on November 8, 2018, Holt's broadcast claimed on-air that there were 307 mass shootings in the first 10 months of 2018 alone.

"Less than two weeks ago, we were reporting from the scene of another mass shooting in Pittsburgh. In fact, folks, there has been a mass shooting almost every day this year," Holt told viewers before turning to field reporter Stephanie Gosk for specifics.

"This year alone, Parkland, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and now Thousand Oaks. And that skims the surface," Gosk said. "There have been 307 mass shootings with four or more people shot. 328 people killed, and the year is not over."


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