November 11, 2005

Geography lesson.

CNN obviously needs one. The map below appeared on CNN International last week, during the first few days of the unrest in France.

CNN's very bad map of France

Every city on the map is in the wrong place. Most are merely shifted 50 mi/80km east or so, but some are really in the wrong spots. For example, CNN has Strasbourg somewhere in southern Germany, and Toulouse looks to be in Switzerland.

We'll ignore the word 'France' floating over in Poland, hoping that this was just the title of the map, not where CNN thinks part of France is located.

With maps like this, it's no wonder that the rest of CNN's coverage of the rioting in France has been, to put it kindly, less than stellar.

Thanks to Dangereuse Trilingue for her message calling the map to our attention.

Posted by Magpie at November 11, 2005 01:12 AM | Media | Technorati links |

Last I remember Cannes was not just on the Spanish border either. What a riot! (pun intended!)

Posted by: Daniel K at November 11, 2005 10:11 AM

yes. definitely a geography lesson -- which is what i thought i'd typed. but then it was early in the AM when i was typing, so it's not surprising my fingers found the wrong word.

thanks for catching the mistake!

Posted by: magpie at November 11, 2005 03:26 PM

An apology for Daniel K - as I was cleaning up the horrible spam comments, I accidently deleted one of yours. I'm very sorry about that - we really appreciate your commenting on our site.

Posted by: Mary at November 12, 2005 12:51 PM

reminds me of maps i've seen of texas...

Posted by: travis t monk at November 12, 2005 03:33 PM

that's too funny! Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by: michelle at November 14, 2005 06:18 AM