@CBSSunday Can't believe you just said John the Baptist was at the crucifixion. Have you not even read the bible? Remember he was beheaded?—
Brian Boulden (@bjboulden) March 31, 2013
In its Sunday morning broadcast, the network aired a segment on Mary, mother of Jesus. Unfortunately, it seems the fact-checkers were off for the Easter Holiday. During her report, Martha Teichner stated that John the Baptist was present at the Crucifixion. Had Teichner checked her Bible, she might have noticed that his preexisting condition would have made his presence highly unlikely:
CBS's Morning Show just broadcasted that the "John" at the cross was " John the Baptist.. uh it was the apostle John. The Baptist was dead.—
Mary Thawley (@ThawleyMary) March 31, 2013
To its credit, CBS updated its video and transcript and issued a correction:
EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story mis-identified the possible “beloved disciple” as John the Baptist.
Hopefully CBS will be more careful the next time around.
(Hat tip: Get Religion)