CNN Hammered for Omitting Unborn Child in Texas Church Massacre Death Toll

“I’m surprised they said unborn child and not mass of tissue.”

On Sunday, congregants of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs gathered for their first service one week after 26 people were gunned down inside the church. CNN was on-site with a glimpse inside the church, which has been turned into a memorial, and to inform viewers that only 25 people died in the massacre... plus an unborn child.

Dakin Andone wrote in his report:

Pastor Frank Pomeroy has delivered many sermons, but this week's was different.

He nearly broke down addressing Sunday's service, the first since a gunman entered the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs last week and opened fire on Pomeroy's parishioners. The shooter killed 25 people and an unborn child -- including Pomeroy's 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle.

The congregation met under a tent on a baseball field blocks from the church, but people were allowed inside the church building, which has been stripped of all carpeting and pews and painted over in a fresh coat of white paint. Chairs were set up in the locations where the victims’ bodies were found. A red rose sat in each chair, except the chair marked “baby Holcombe,” who was honored with a pink rose. Psalm 100 was posted in the sanctuary: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations." It was a passage that was supposed to be read during services last week until gunfire broke out.

On Twitter, online, and on-air (with Chris Cuomo), CNN scripts repeated “25 people dead and an unborn child," which left everyone scratching their heads at the miscalculation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

TruthRevolt reached out to CNN's Andone to see why he separated the death toll in this way in his article, but we didn't receive a reply at publishing time.

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