Fox News, still geographically challenged (Arkansas? What’s that?)


Bret Corum calls our attention to another Fox News remaking of the map of the world:

Fox News lost Arkansas, moved Missouri

Misreporting the news is bad enough — but changing the map? Nations go to war over such things . . .

It appears that, in the Fox News view of the world, Missouri conquered Arkansas, and Alabama and Mississippi either swapped spouses and houses, or are in the middle of some geographic square dance, and the satellite caught them in the middle of a do-si-do into each other’s old territory.

Look on the bright side — so far they only screwed up 8% of the United States with their mapping errors.  On the other hand, they named nine states, and made four errors — 55% correct.  That’s probably not a passing score even under No Child Left Behind rules.

One gets the sinking feeling that such sloppiness with the facts infects everything Fox does, though.

I wonder what kinds of errors and screw-ups one could find, if one seriously paid attention to what Fox claims.

More:

  • Why Fox News – yet again – needs a copy editor (apple.copydesk.org)  (Charles Apple’s column on news design is always a good read — but this piece lists several, maybe a hundred, other instances of copy editor-less screw-ups on the news and other places.  God bless copy editors, and let’s hope these errors were all caused by a lack of one.)

Tip of the old scrub brush to the ever-vigilant, accuracy stickler Bret Corum.

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2 Responses to Fox News, still geographically challenged (Arkansas? What’s that?)

  1. JamesK says:

    Well lets also remember that Faux News showed a clip of protestors and claimed it was the union protestors in Wisconsin.

    Curiously,…the clip had palm trees in it.

    Yeah last time I checked…there are no palm trees in Wisconsin

    So Faux News has been geographically challenged…or rather honesty challenged for the better part of 2-3 decades now

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  2. Ellie says:

    I’m sure the change was a liberal commie Kenyan plot and no fault of Fox.

    Like

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