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2001-10-06 09:46:36 AM  
Wow, this really gives me a great confidence in our media's reporting ability....

2001-10-06 09:52:07 AM  
You had confidence before?
2001-10-06 09:59:10 AM  
These idiots at CNN really crack me up. Mike Betcher thinks that Oregon is part of New England. During the first week after the attacks, he was showing the movements of two of the hijackers and kept saying "they went from Florida to Boston to Portland, Oregon and back to Boston". The first time he said it, I figured he was just tired. The second time he said it, I wondered why the producer or someone didn't correct him, but let it go. Three hours later when he was STILL saying it, on a live report, I was soooo pissed I e-mailed CNN. A few hours later, they actually offered an on-air apology. I haven't watched the bastards since. Idiots.
2001-10-06 10:11:23 AM  
Squinth-- I'm not sure I follow you. I didn't see the broadcast in question, but I guess you're saying that they didn't really go to Portland Oregon from Boston and then back again?
2001-10-06 10:14:44 AM  
2001-10-06 10:15:16 AM  
You actually watch CNN? Watch Foxnews, it's like the War Channel now.
The Hijackers had been seen in Portland, Maine. His screw-up was the state, not the region.
2001-10-06 10:16:36 AM  

How can you mix up Sweden with Switzerland like that? 'Dat iz sooo stopid/funnay, man. BAHAHA!
2001-10-06 10:18:59 AM  

Sorry, it's early. I'm still on my first cup of coffee! ;)

Yes, he was detailing a route on the East coast, which included Florida, Mass. and Maine, except he kept referring to Portland, Maine as Portland, Oregon. Now many people don't count geography as one of their strong points, myself included, but excuse me, if you are a "reporter" who has been all over the world, shouldn't you at least know your own country's geography? Maybe it's just me.

2001-10-06 10:25:42 AM  
That is a keeper. Classic.
2001-10-06 10:28:48 AM  
Marge: "It took the children forty minute to locate Canada on the map!"

Homer: "Marge, anyone can miss Canada, all tucked away down there."

2001-10-06 10:29:36 AM  
I'm either an idiot or half asleep, or maybe a half-asleep idiot, but what countries are mixed up? I am missing it completely.
2001-10-06 10:30:20 AM  
I think it has to do with referring to what is closest to you, or what your mind sees as closest. Maybe "Portland" to him meant Oregon. If you are from the west coast you would think Portland meant Portland Oregon. However when they were saying a 'commuter plane', 'Boston', something should have clicked, if not with him, with one of the producers.

I am sure when giving details the spokesperson to the reporters at the time didn't say Portland, MAINE, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS. It would be considered a no-brainer on what state they were talking about.

Of course reporters have no brains.
2001-10-06 10:36:49 AM  
The Czech republic not Switzerland should be depicted by the map.
2001-10-06 10:38:14 AM  

Looks like CNN needs to Czech their maps once in a while... :)
2001-10-06 11:03:51 AM  
If it's not in the E.U., does it really matter?
2001-10-06 11:12:03 AM  
Incredibls: haha....good one.
2001-10-06 11:15:11 AM  
hey, cool. my old account works now. carry on.
2001-10-06 11:15:48 AM  
Recent public school grads, no doubt.
2001-10-06 11:21:16 AM  
3M TA3Not really, but this just confirms it...

Livingdots, I think you're even more confused than CNN...that's the Czech Republic, not Sweden....yeesh, I guess they stopped teaching geography in High School!!

2001-10-06 11:24:38 AM  
I say CNN should be changed to an international softcore channel. Then there would be a reason to watch it.
2001-10-06 11:37:04 AM  
2001-10-06 11:49:19 AM  
At least CNN employs people educated in the Atlanta public schools. Feel fortunate that they located France on that map. We got 7th grade English teachers with a 5th grade reading level, 9th grade Geometry teachers who don't know Geometry and the Teacher's union says that they don't need to be tested. If you want your children to be educated, home school them or put them in a private school.
2001-10-06 11:59:21 AM  
MAOWPIMP!!! hehehehe....

2001-10-06 12:19:59 PM  
2001-10-06 12:25:03 PM  
Oh the foreign media is any better? I seem to recall a certain incident in France with an English royal and a tunnel column.
2001-10-06 12:57:40 PM  
and what was that huge, unnamed landmass to the NW?
2001-10-06 01:13:38 PM  
I just sent this to my wife who works for an international company who propose to relocate us to the Czeck Republic (names have been changed to protect ME):)

You will be overjoyed to learn that XCompany, in concert with CNN, has arranged for Mrs. We82bl8 and family to relocate to a far more appetizing location for the foreseeable future.
Of course this will mean you now have a choice of accommodations/villas/castles and unlimited funds/benefits in order that you feel at home "mixing" with the hoy-polloy of the world, (formerly known as the "Jet set").
Vacations must be taken for a minimum of five (5) days every week.
You will not be entitled to a company car as the helicopter and chauffeured Bentleys are deemed adequate for shuffling around Europe.
Please arrange for all personal appendages to be amputated as you will not find them necessary henceforth.
Also arrange for the immediate removal of all teeth as all chewing will be under taken by lesser mortals and drip-fed during your unbridled slumber.
The blank pre-signed Diamond encrusted cheques should be in your possession no later than next Friday (naturally this is at the discretion of Miser Boss)
Note: location and/or offer is liable to be withdrawn/disappear off the face of the Earth at any time as are said benefits.
P.S. Please ensure to change the Leer Jet oil every 5,000 miles.

CNN/Company and it's affiliates cannot be held responsible for accurate or timely reporting, in line with our long held slogan "It's money not news stupid" and "We're only here to make you miserable"

N.B. Czech Republic (great beer) invaded by tiny neutral state
2001-10-06 01:14:15 PM  
2001-10-06 01:26:17 PM  
"It's money not news stupid"
A more truthful slogan has never been created but NOT used.
Nice one We8
2001-10-06 02:15:06 PM  
One graphic designer makes a mistake and everyone goes crazy. I'm sure no one here has ever made any kind of mistake.
2001-10-06 04:06:05 PM  
Everyone goes CRAZY? Good god, I'm glad you're not a psychiatrist... or ARE you? *rolling eyes*
2001-10-06 04:47:20 PM  
I didn't see the problem for a while, but there it is. Switzerland should be on Germany's southern border to the west. It's an honest mistake.
2001-10-06 05:16:59 PM  
Random story! once my travel agent sent me to Portland, OR, instead of Portland, ME.

Boy I was pissed (I'm from the Uk, and I didn't want to go there!)
2001-10-06 05:20:36 PM  
People watching + News sensationalism = Ratings = Commercial sales = "The almighty dollar"

News is for the sheep. Don't simply sit and watch. Go participate in the news. I have been on Tv news countless times. Let me see ... there was that armed confrontation at the bank, the cow suit splattered with blood on top of burger king, the urine in the moutian dew at KFC. The time i ran up and kicked Katie Couric in the crotch. Ha ha that was the best..
2001-10-06 09:47:54 PM  
The biggest news story of the new millenium. Switserland packed and moved their country a 1000 miles east. I think i heard something about this on Jerry Springer.
2001-10-06 10:03:16 PM  
Czechs surrender! Oh, wait a second...
2001-10-06 10:33:20 PM  
BAH! I sent this in a week ago.
2001-10-06 10:51:43 PM  
ok, I got a joke...

how does a czech count to five?

(points to hand) dis one, dat one, dose two and de other one
2001-10-07 02:05:57 AM  
cnn's three syllables, doo-dah, doo-dah
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