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Monday, July 27, 2009

War on uh, Someplace 

This is one of the things that's kind of funny and kind of sad, from Media Matters, via Eschaton: Fox News graphics department has shaky grasp of Mideast geography. They show a capture of a map used by Fox News to make some wankery point about the Middle East, with Iraq labelled “Egypt”.

That might seem like a small matter ... well, no, not really. I was thinking that I could easily imagine Fox News labelling Australia as “Africa”, or something, because who cares? But basic geography is important.

The truly striking thing here, though, is that Iraq is the country that Fox and many of its consumers have enjoyed seeing bombed and tormented for many years. They sold the war, they got a lot of entertainment out of it. And now they can't find the place on a map.

I don't know. It just seems truly insane, but on an organizational level. The whole network must be as nuts as it nuttiest blowhard.

I suppose soon they'll have “Mordor” on their maps. It won't make any difference.



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