CNN misleads with report about ’22 school shootings’ this year (wrong)

· May 18, 2018  
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If you’ve been following the local news reporting from KHOU on the shooting at a Texas high school, you know that there are several false rumors and bad facts floating around social media.

One thing KHOU pointedly made viewers aware of is that a statistic claiming that there have been 18 school shootings in 2018 is not accurate.

“That’s a big scary number, but that is not eighteen situations like what you’ve been watching on TV this morning,” KHOU reporter Tiffany Craig said. “That includes a variety of things, shootings around schools, even suicides. So that is a large number that has been lumped in with a number of different type scenarios, but not what you’ve been watching on TV.”

Well, CNN goes above and beyond with fake news. The network is reporting that there have been 22 school shootings this year, “on average, one school shooting every week.”

CNN is also lumping this stat in with the “facts” of the Texas high school shooting.

And the network’s reporters are parroting it.

Which means, of course, that air-headed, fact-challenged politicians are repeating it.

All because this air-headed, fact-challenged network wanted a provocative headline. CNN’s report mentions up front that it includes “gang violence, fights, and domestic violence” as well as “accidental discharge of a firearm” in the parameters for determine a “school shooting.” But in context of the breaking news about a school shooting, where an individual murdered students, CNN’s headline implies that there have been 22 similar incidents this year — and that is not true.

So is this an apple or a banana? It doesn’t matter, because CNN’s fruit is always rotten.

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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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