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Whither Ukraine? CNN map says in… Pakistan

Published time: May 11, 2014 18:37
Edited time: May 12, 2014 22:03

The American news giant, CNN, has reshaped the world a bit in their live coverage of events in Ukraine. The eastern part of the European country got pinned miles and miles away from where it actually is – in Pakistan.

CNN was reporting Sunday about independence referendums in Ukraine’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk while also using a map to indicate the country’s geographical location. Apparently by mistake, the arrow with Ukrainian flag on top was pointing to Pakistan, South Asia.

The error was quickly spotted by sharp-eyed viewers, one of whom snapped the TV screen and published the image on Twitter. Quite predictably, the post has gone viral with hundreds of users retweeting the picture and marking it as “favorite”.

Even the fact that instantly after that the channel correctly marked Slavyansk and Donetsk – where CNN journalists are located for coverage – did not save the situation.

This is not the first time CNN has bombed on Twitter with revised maps. Last year, the top US news channel placed Hong-Kong wrong in South America.

Before that, the cable network outraged the Brits after its on-air map relocated their capital London miles to the north-east, in Norfolk.

The Ukraine mistake, however, fits into a pattern. A recent poll revealed that only 16 percent of Americans could correctly identify Ukraine on a map, with the median respondent being about 1,800 miles off. Some people thought Ukraine could be located as far south as Argentina or Australia, or as far north as Finland.

Interestingly enough, those who could not correctly spot the continent where Ukraine is located, were more likely to support American military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the former Soviet republic.

Comments (115)


Free_DrVojislavSeselj 15.05.2014 20:34

Did Liz Wahl get a job as geography expert over at CNN?


Lucio Strata 13.05.2014 20:04

The unpleasant news are that some of the Ukrainians died for freedom and democracy. All this killing is done on the border of Russia and not a 3,500 mile from it. We in the West we have a very distorted picture of the real situation.
See youtube:
NATO's Secret Armies (2009)
Operation Gladio: NATO Sponsored Terror from Cold War


Eric Sommer 13.05.2014 19:01

Hi there, A number of posters may not understand Rt's actual relationship to the Russian government. It is state *funded* - not state controlled. It's position is like that of CBC in Canada or BBC in Britain, which are also state funded. All of these systems may dsiplay some favoritism or bias towards their countries, but they are not directly controlled by the other state departments., though there may of course be tampering.

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