CNN Mistakes: Funny Geography Blunders By CNN

Elechi Emekobum By Elechi Emekobum 4 Min Read

CNN – Cable News Channels is a popular American global news channel. However, the cable channel is known for blunders that people often called “CNN mistakes”.

CNN has a massive global reach and it’s so popular that not many people actually know that other news channels exist. Whereas there are other good news channels such as BBC, Aljazeera, RT – Russia Today and others.

But being a popular and arguably the most sophisticated news channel doesn’t mean that the television channel is freed from some “primary school” errors at times.

Geography mistakes made by CNN

In fact, the popular news channel has been called out several times for errors and misrepresentations in their news reports.

From time to time, most of these so-called media giants make mistakes that are indeed absurd. Below are top 4 awful geography mistakes made by CNN:

#1). CNN mislabelled the Niger Republic as Nigeria in an Ebola newscast

On Wednesday, August 06, 2014, Twitter users started posting pictures of a mislabelled map that was broadcast by CNN. The network, attempting to portray the countries that had cases of Ebola, had mistaken Niger Republic for Nigeria:

#2). CNN thinks Hong Kong is located in South America

In their so-called “Around The World” news, CNN caused confusion that provoked angry reactions from many Twitter users when Hong Kong was placed in South America. It would not be the first time CNN has mapped cities or countries far away from their actual position.

#3). CNN relocated the capital of Great Britain to Norfolk

Having recently rolled out its new slogan “Go There,” it’s clear that whatever direction CNN is headed, someone left the map at home. The US channel outdid itself when it relocated the capital of Great Britain all the way to Norfolk, much to the surprise of the local residents.

#4). CNN again on independence referendum in Scotland

In mid-September, CNN embarrassed itself while covering the independence referendum in Scotland. The news channel featured a graphic that showed that 110 percent of the Scottish had been polled. Many viewers said CNN journalists need some math and geography lessons.

#5). Eastern Ukraine is somewhere in Pakistan according to CNN

And if that wasn’t bad enough, earlier this year the channel reshaped the world entirely, suggesting on its map that Eastern Ukraine was somewhere in Pakistan.


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