The Twitterverse is all abuzz with both sides becoming enflamed over comments that ”GOP POLITICAL OPERATIVE” Rick Wilson made on Don Lemon’s program on CNN mocking President Trump and his supporters over being able to locate Ukraine on a map.
The entire chortle-fest with Don Lemon was a strawman to begin with; no one had misidentified the country. It was all based on a supposed off-mic conversation Mike Pompeo had with an interviewee from NPR. That detail does not impede Wilson, Lemon, and NY Times reporter Wajahat Ali from lapsing into a sophomoric mock-fest on the airwaves.
A quick peek back to last fall. Remember when ‘Sharpie-gate’ was all the rage? CNN spent days trying to sell the public that President Trump had lied, and it was one of the biggest issues of his Presidency.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 5, 2019
In order to sell that Tater went on to say Trump is inherently challenged by geography. In selling that message though he had to overlook that just days earlier his own network had an issue with a hurricane map.
Many can, and yet Dem supporters and CNN can't find Alabama on a map. pic.twitter.com/Co4SbCsxWg
— Dan (@DanSouers) January 28, 2020
This is the Apple Network for you — mocking the president over inaccurate hurricane maps while producing inaccurate hurricane maps.
There can be no excuse made about this being doctored. Those media experts and Babylon Bee correctors at SNOPES confirm this happened.
— ⚓️Navywife /Shipmate for life?? (@navywife617) January 28, 2020
Not to get all Cult-45 MAGA-mad-hatter about this, but many would say that it is a few levels of difficulty higher to spy a country in Eastern Europe than one of the Southern United States.
But these are the media elite, and our social betters. We should not ridicule them over a lone oversight. This sort of thing almost NEVER happens.
— Dilmurad Yusupov (@d_yusupov) April 7, 2019
Okay, okay – some stray examples. CNN would never be this careless with their designations. They are cartography experts who are diligent about what they put on camera, and mock those who are functionally ignorant about foreign countries.
So no one is going to call out cnn for using a wrong map? We are just gonna let them relocate Tanzania like that? pic.twitter.com/vorun7QJ53
— Hypeman (@NaitaAwala) April 4, 2015
They define regions oddly… Europe and the Middle East are all wrong.
Credit: CNN – oh, that's why it's not right. #map #maps #tourism #tourist #asia #europe #middleeast #americas #africa #cnn #wrong #countries #cartography #cartographer #geography #world pic.twitter.com/Ee5ST7sMlN
— Maps and Places (@MapsPlaces) August 12, 2018
— Velina Tchakarova (@vtchakarova) July 5, 2017
— ♀Psycho KillƎr ~ You Gon’ LƎarn (@nellymtd) October 5, 2019
Fine, there may be a few examples. But those are foreign countries, which are hard. At least they can get America correct. That’s standard Map-Making-101.
— Shiloh Place (@ARshiloh) June 27, 2014
— Aaron Walton (@12thManNV) July 17, 2017
— Andrew ? (@leandrew24) April 8, 2016
If the police are using CNN's map… they may be looking in the wrong state… pic.twitter.com/7fU9lnU0t8
— Courtney Volk (@CourtneyVolk29) June 10, 2015
Don’t…they have studios in New York???
— The Valley Vegan (@TheValleyVegan) October 17, 2014
This is just painful…
— Malcolm I. Lynch (@MalcLynch) July 19, 2016
— Laura the Great (@lovestreamsflow) December 4, 2017
You know what, CNN should just put all of its programming on a 5-second delay so it can scrub ANY mention ever made about maps, going forward.