So per CNN reporter Sara Sidner, the Governor of Hawaii, in commenting on the false alarm about an incoming missile, said someone “pushed the wrong button.”
“There was a shift change, the governor said. And during that shift change––it was a routine shift change––someone accidentally, and this is how he put it, pressed the wrong button. And that sent out the alert, not only to cell phones, but also the emergency alert to television stations as well as the radio stations.”
Some people were a little, well, stunned by that:
man, "wrong button pushed during shift change" is really not the explanation you want to hear.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 13, 2018
The worst thing that should happen when an employee pushes the “wrong” button is a supervisor has to come out and void the sale https://t.co/nBjplxZuOE
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) January 13, 2018
This was a pretty specific message: “this is not a drill” “take immediate action” “a missile may impact on land or sea within minutes.” “Remain indoors well away from windows.” All of that because “somebody pressed the wrong button”?
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) January 13, 2018
— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) January 13, 2018
Watch above, via CNN.
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