CNN sent a tweet on Sunday asserting that “25 people and an unborn child” were killed in the Texas church shooting, angering Twitter users.
Law enforcement officials have put the official body count at 26 because one of the slain churchgoers was pregnant. CNN decided to separate the unborn child from the death count, instead putting it at 25 plus the child.
— CNN (@CNN) November 12, 2017
“The shooter killed 25 people and an unborn child,” CNN said in an accompanying article.
Twitter went after CNN immediately for not writing “26,” with nearly every response referencing the error.
— Kerry W (@Texican1957) November 13, 2017
26 people then.
— ✭C✭ (@hippieXox) November 12, 2017
Pretty disgusting how the police report says 26 and you only say 25. You’ve clearly applied a political agenda to this title.
— Aaron Covert (@CovertAaron) November 13, 2017
— Andrew Watkins (@awatkins952) November 13, 2017
26 individual human beings were murdered.
— DebMcA (@mddebm) November 13, 2017
The official count is 26 dead. The authorities put the count at 26. Have respect for the dead. All of them. Please.
— Poor Randall (@PoorRandall) November 13, 2017
So @CNN tacitly acknowledges that the unborn is a “child” and yet they can’t get themselves to acknowledge that 26 were killed in the recent Texas Church shooting.
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) November 13, 2017