|oh yes. this is one reason why the french hate the american media.
||[Nov. 8th, 2005|10:20 pm]
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translation (not mine) of the caption for this map on France2 news:
« At the end of the report, CNN screens a map showing the main cities hit by the riots. Trouble is, that Toulouse is in the Alps, Strasbourg in the middle of Germany, Cannes in Montpellier and even Paris isn't at the proper place. »
(picture and caption borrowed from the lovely sa4turn3)
Yeah. I know it's not that big of a deal, and rarely do I ever post about shit like this, but our lovely CNN and various other "news" networks have really made asses of themselves. As if all the misleading Katrina-coverage wasn't bad enough, the misguided and just.plain.WRONG reporting of the riots in France is almost too much to stomach. Not only are they unable to geographically locate places on a map and figure out which cities are in France and which are not, they're also simplfying the problem so that the "average-American" (who would probably be much more intelligent without their "help") can digest decades of difficulties over their morning coffee. I can't tell you how many times I've seen headlines like "black muslims riot in France." I'm not there right now and I'm certainly not French, but from my limited knowledge of la francophonie I can tell you that the situation as it stands is much MUCH larger than race and/or religion.
we owe you one.