The map CNN wants to see?

A bit of fun over at The Waspsnet as Wasp shares an image that has been doing the rounds on Twitter, poking fun at the standing joke that is American ability (or lack thereof) in geography.

But a more careful look at the image begs a serious question.  Can anyone else spot what’s missing from the map?  It’s enough to make one wonder where CNN sources its digital maps.  The Guardian, or Hamas perhaps?

19 Responses to “The map CNN wants to see?”


  1. 1 WitteringWitney 02/09/2011 at 11:05 am

    AM: Being a young lass and having suffered what no doubt amounts to present day education, one may forgive her perhaps for mixing-up Tripoli, Lebanon and Tripoli, Libya.

  2. 2 Fred Thrung 02/09/2011 at 11:12 am

    Yes, that really is Tripoli – just the wrong one.

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 02/09/2011 at 11:12 am

    No, it’s not anyhing to do with her WfW. Being on the phone from Tripoli as the graphic shows, means it was the studio team in the US who put the map into the visual.

  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 02/09/2011 at 11:13 am

    Has no one spotted what’s missing from the map?

  5. 5 Fred Thrung 02/09/2011 at 11:18 am

    Israel, of course. Earlier comment was too slow – hope this one is timely.

  6. 6 BrianJay 02/09/2011 at 11:19 am

    How about israel – which is why the map came from Hamas or its mouthpiece on earth the grauniad

  7. 7 BrianJay 02/09/2011 at 11:20 am

    Oh Sorry Israel its been absorbed by the Lebanon

  8. 8 Autonomous Mind 02/09/2011 at 11:21 am

    Fred got in first. Shall have to think of a prize now…

  9. 9 TheBoilingFrog 02/09/2011 at 11:51 am

    “Fred got in first. Shall have to think of a prize now…”

    A trip to the Proms?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14756736

  10. 10 Autonomous Mind 02/09/2011 at 12:05 pm

    I like your thinking TBF :)

  11. 11 MockTheLeft 02/09/2011 at 12:28 pm

    But he has to go wearing a Star of David Jacket ok.?

  12. 12 Tobias 02/09/2011 at 1:32 pm

    It’s rather srange as israels borders are clearly visible, even the “borders” to the west bank, yet it is the only country not named. CNN isn’t exactly known as friendly to the jewish so it’s hardly surprising…

  13. 13 The Gray Monk 02/09/2011 at 3:11 pm

    You mean apart from the fact that they have Tripoli in Beirut? Oh, and they seem to have lost Israel altogether …

  14. 14 Autonomous Mind 02/09/2011 at 4:00 pm

    Your second point, Gray Monk.

  15. 15 Span Ows 02/09/2011 at 6:20 pm

    The twitter link is quite good as it’s called Twitpic! (a lucky coincidence)

  16. 16 hro001 03/09/2011 at 2:05 am

    Makes one wonder if the illustrious post-modern cartographers at CNN have been taking lessons from the pages of the “hidden in plain sight” illustrative post-modern iconographers in the field of “climate science”, doesn’t it?!

  17. 17 Brian H 03/09/2011 at 7:21 am

    Absorbed by Jordan, not Lebanon.

  18. 18 me_here 07/09/2011 at 1:17 pm

    Israel missing? No great loss…

    The large error in geo-location for Triploi with regard to the intended locale in Libya is bad enough. The additional error of not even realising the Lebanese Tripoli was different to the Libyan one just makes it all the more pathetic.

    They could have confused it with any number of other Tripolis around the region, but what would have been hysterical is if they had pinpointed Tripoli, Iowa or Tripoli, Wisconsin!

  19. 19 Brian H 07/09/2011 at 8:31 pm

    you_there;
    I hope you’re joking. Here’s Wilders on Israel’s role:

    This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam’s territorial advance. Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan , Lebanon , and Aceh in Indonesia . Israel is simply in the way. The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

    The war against Israel is not a war against Israel . It is a war against the West. It is jihad. Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us. If there would have been no Israel ,Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest. Thanks to Israeli parents who send
    their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.


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