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CNN Don’t Know Much About Geography

Remember Sam Cooke’s “Wonderful World” with the immortal line, “Don’t know much about geography?” Here’s the video, because otherwise I know you’d leave this page and go searching for it:


Now, as you can tell from the above screenshot of the graphics for CNN’s Sunday night news report, not knowing much about geography is practically a prerequisite for working in the cable news network’s art department.

They placed Sderot in northern Samaria – the rocket-scarred town is actually located some 800 yards from the Gaza Strip Border.

But, you know, Sderot is hard, so the art dept. folks at CNN might be forgiven for that error. But then they went and positioned Tel Aviv smack in the Golan Heights, overlooking Lake Kinneret! Not that 300,000 or so Tel Avivians wouldn’t have been happy with the relocation, but seriously, Tel Aviv?

According to Israel Hayom, which was first to spot this bit of embarrassment, in 2011, when riots broke out in Gadhafi’s Libya, the CNN graphics dept. presented a map of Lebanon with its coastal city of Tripoli, instead of the Libyan capital Tripoli, a thousand miles to the southwest.

But misplacing Tel Aviv? Sheesh…

Sam Cooke’s song ends with:

Now, I don’t claim to be an A student
But I’m trying to be
For maybe by being an A student, baby
I can win your love for me

And maybe improve the CNN graphics dept. In any event, in 1964, Cooke, a.k.a. “The King of Soul,” was shot and killed by the manager of a motel in Los Angeles. The courts ruled his death “justifiable homicide.”


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