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:
.@CBSSunday Major error in story on Mary. The "Beloved Disciple" may have been John the Evangelist, not John the Baptist, who was beheaded.
— Tim Massie (@tcmassie) March 31, 2013
— Joseph Swords (@josephaswords) March 31, 2013
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
@CBSSunday The John @ the cross of Christ, who was with Mary, was John the beloved disciple of Christ; NOT John the Baptist. He was dead.
— Dr. Dave Caves (@caves7219) March 31, 2013
@CBSSunday Um, it was not John the Baptist to whom Jesus gave His mother…..it was John the apostle.John the baptist was quite dead.
— Lisa Roy ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (@lroy479) March 31, 2013
— MEOB (@mobrien36) March 31, 2013
@cbssunday Do you have fact checkers? John the Baptist was dead before Jesus died. There's no way he was there. Try reading the Gospels…
— Ann Marie Stevenson (@WomanOnWheels1) March 31, 2013
@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?
— B J B ?⚽️ (W4BJB) (@bjboulden) March 31, 2013
@CBSSunday Your ignorance is hanging out. John the Baptist was dead by the time of Jesus crucifixion.
— Kathy Seidlitz (@sidelites) 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.
— Matthew DesOrmeaux ⚜ (@authoridad) April 4, 2013
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 4, 2013
(Hat tip: Get Religion)