In the immediate aftermath of the deadly shooting at the Santa Fe High School in Texas, CNN immediately got busted spreading fake news.
On Friday, at least eight people were killed and many more were injured. Two suspects are in custody and police reportedly believe there could be others at large.
As noted by The Daily Wire’s Ben Shaprio, CNN and several of top network personalities claimed the tragedy marked the 22 second school shooting of the year, which is simply not true.
Including today’s shooting incident at a Texas high school, this year there have already been 22 school shootings where someone was hurt or killed. That averages out to more than 1 shooting a week. https://t.co/DL1wCUAipq pic.twitter.com/Qsw0WlLlJv
— CNN (@CNN) May 18, 2018
CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto and political correspondent Sara Murray also tweeted that the deadly shooting in Texas on Friday brought the total number of U.S. school shootings to 22 this year.
This brings the number of U.S. school shootings this year to 22. https://t.co/hS7KKFiO65
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 18, 2018
CNN’s list of confirmed school shootings for 2018 now stands at 22.
Twenty-two. Already. This year.
— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) May 18, 2018
How did they come up with this number? CNN said it used the following parameters for their count:
- A shooting that involved at least one person being shot (not including the shooter)
- A shooting that occurred on school grounds
- We included grades K through college/university level
- We included gang violence, fights and domestic violence
- We included accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met
So, in other words, they lumped together domestic disputes, accidental firearm discharges, and events that have nothing to do with an actual shooter at a school.
Using CNN’s logic, a gang member shooting another gang member on school property would be classified as a school shooting, which has no similarities to the one that occurred in Texas or in Parkland, Florida earlier this year.
CNN continues to lie/mislead their readers. This “22” school shootings number literally includes things like a BB gun hitting a school bus and gang-violence.
This is CNN. pic.twitter.com/iPDtesZ0hh
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 18, 2018
Santa Fe High School is in an area that is pro-gun and pro gun rights. Somehow CNN will only find the students who want gun control.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) May 18, 2018
As detailed in Shapiro’s piece, CNN is lumping together arbitrary categories to push their gun-control agenda and inflate the figures.
That doesn’t mean those incidents aren’t worth reporting or addressing, because they are equally as important.
It means that CNN is padding the stats to claim there has been far more school shootings this year.
Shapiro notes that if we remove CNN’s parameters and filters, there’s been around seven school shootings this year. Which, again, is a big deal.
CNN’s blatant misreporting again shows they have an agenda, and they won’t let facts get in the way of their anti-gun narrative.
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