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There was a small technical glitch that caused massive confusion on an Indian news show discussing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It went on for two minutes before the mistake was realized, but the result was the stuff memes are made of.
Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity became instantly famous in India and was trending #1 on Twitter in the country for participating in a panel discussion on an English-language Indian news program for simply saying his name.
Before we go any further in the explanation, watch the clip all the way to the end.
Craziest 2 minutes of TV news ever, with opposing guests on the Ukraine war hosted by Indian TV. the ending is a MUST watch.? pic.twitter.com/1USI8bjHif
— Sk Boz, PhD ? (@skbozphd) March 3, 2022
At the time of this writing, this particular video clip has over 11.5 million views, and there are multiple versions posted on YouTube.
In the clip, Indian show host Rahul Shivshankar berates “Mr. McAdams” for nearly two full minutes before realizing that he is actually addressing his Ukrainian guest, Bohdan Nahaylo, the chief editor of the Kyiv Post.
The viral clip began with Mr Shivshankar asking “Daniel McAdams” to “just take a bit of a chill pill”.
Mr Nahaylo then responds that he doesn’t want to relax as his country is at war.
Mr Shivshankar proceeds to ask “Mr McAdams” to “get off the fence” and send US troops to Ukraine if he is so concerned about the country.
He goes on to rant about “colonial agendas” and the Afghanistan war, interspersing “Mr McAdams” into every other sentence.
The real Mr McAdams, in the meantime, is seen trying to make himself heard above the cacophony.
“I’m not talking!” he finally manages to burst out. “It’s the other guy who’s talking!”
But Mr Shivshankar, who thought he was now talking to his Ukrainian guest, responded that “Mr McAdams” had “gone completely ballistic” and should “go fight alongside Ukrainians if he felt so strongly about the war”.
“Dear host, I haven’t said a word yet. I don’t know why you’re yelling at me,” the real Mr McAdams persists.
“I am not yelling at you, I am talking about Mr McAdams,” an oblivious Mr Shivshankar responds.
“I AM Mr McAdams! I am Mr McAdams and I haven’t said a word, so stop yelling at me!” says Mr McAdams, generating a quiet “oh” from Mr Shivshankar, who then apologises, saying he got confused.
Source: BBC News
That is quite an embarrassing mistake for a host.
And it’s also pretty bizarre — how did he think that the guy from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity would be some sort of warmonger? It’s just very, very strange.
Of course, the clip spawned memes.
My name is Mr. McAdams and I'm not ballistic..!#MrMcadams ???? pic.twitter.com/iNuqrbVGmW
— Asma Khan (@AsmaHumairKhan) March 3, 2022
poor Mr. McAdams ??? pic.twitter.com/enlxwFCJxd
— anushree (@big_foot666) March 3, 2022
Every Husband at their Home : pic.twitter.com/SbtJkWbDOY
— மருத்துவ மைனர் (@iam_DrAjju) March 4, 2022
McAdams said that he could only see his camera and didn’t realize that the names were mixed up on the screen, so all he heard was Shivshankar yelling at “Mr. McAdams” repeatedly.
Interestingly, there is a follow-up. The show was apologetic and asked Mr. McAdams back on Friday morning and he accepted.
The Ron Paul Institute posted the text exchange between McAdams and the producer.
RPI's Daniel McAdams became a meme sensation in India and worldwide yesterday for a comedy of errors in an interview. Tomorrow will be the follow-up. You won't want to miss it…Here's a teaser: pic.twitter.com/S2rAysxbZm
— Ron Paul Institute (@RonPaulInstitut) March 4, 2022
Here are the images. McAdams seems to have a pretty good sense of humor.
Here’s host Rahul Shivshankar giving his second-time guest one hell of an introduction.
“Welcome back Mr McAdams, on popular demand …", @RShivshankar welcomes Mr McAdams on #IndiaUpfront
WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/e7TXKiOLtl pic.twitter.com/eOgy1v7B7k
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 4, 2022
Here’s a slightly longer clip of the show that aired on Friday that actually shows Daniel McAdams speaking.
McAdams starts off by saying that he’s going to “take a couple of chill pills” before answering the question about Putin.
Ukraine was not eligible for NATO membership anyway: Daniel McAdams, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Director@RShivshankar | #IndiaUpfront
WATCH LIVE: https://t.co/e7TXKiPjiT pic.twitter.com/wMZjkR3xN0
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 4, 2022
The host made a dreadful mistake on Thursday, and owned up to it with an on-air apology on Friday.
Wouldn’t we all be better off if more journalists did this a little more frequently?
Somehow, it seems unlikely that the current crop of narcissistic journos in North America are going to learn from this 2-minute clip of Indian News.
But hey, we can pray that they are replaced with those who are a little more humble and willing to admit that yes, people do make mistakes and there are consequences for that.
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