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American TV News Maps
By:Abdal Hameed, Karachi
Date: Sunday, 5 August 2018, 3:52 pm

ہمیں بتایا جاتا ہے کہ امریکہ کے بڑے نشریاتی ادارے نہائت مستند ہوتے ہیں۔ ہوتے ہوں گے لیکن نیو یارک ٹائیمز نے ان کے مستند ہونے کا پول کھول دیا ہے۔ اس نے نقشے دکھائے ہیں، جن میں فاش غلطیاں ہیں۔ اگر آپ ایک نظر میں میں غلطیاں نہ پکڑ سکیں تو ایٹلس سامنے رکھ لیں۔ دیکھیں کس طرح ملکوں کو اپنی جگہ سے اٹھا کر کہاں ڈال دیا ہے!
A little break from a heavy news cycle

The World According to American TV News Maps

Friday, April 13, 2018
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Welcome to the Interpreter newsletter, by Max Fisher and Amanda Taub, who write a column by the same name.
On our minds: Bad maps, as a little break from what’s been a heavy news cycle.
The World According to TV News Maps

If you have been on social media this week, you have seen screenshots of this week’s CBS News broadcast on Syria, which in fact displayed a map of Iran. Many jokes were made, many tweets went viral.
As connoisseurs of hilariously wrong TV news maps, this is nothing. Kids’ stuff.
We have dug deep into our collection, gathered lovingly over the years, and now invite you to follow along on a tour of the world according to TV news.
Fox News Goes to the Middle East

Our first stop and a classic of the genre, broadcast at a moment when invading Iraq, sorry we mean “Egypt," was at the top of the agenda.
CNN Goes to Hong Kong

A personal favorite.
MSNBC Goes to Czechoslovakia

The folks at MSNBC went ahead and reunified Czechoslovakia.
CNN Goes to Nigeria

Who could forget CNN confusing Niger and Nigeria?

We’ll be honest, folks, it’s mostly CNN from here out.
CNN Goes to Ukraine

Eastern Europe is confusing! All those countries, almost none of which are Canada. CNN declutters a bit by relocating Ukraine to Pakistan.
CNN Goes to Cannes

But Western Europe isn’t much easier! Is France in France, or is it in Spain? Hard to say for sure, CNN is looking into it.
CBS Goes to Argentina

CBS was worried that the pope might miss his home country of Argentina so helpfully compressed and relocated it into a single town somewhere in Colombia. And, as a bonus, now with easy access to the Indian Ocean.

Fox News Goes to Japan

This one is a deep cut just for the fans, in which Fox News has converted a famed Tokyo music hall, the Shibuya Eggman, into a nuclear power plant. And those drink prices!
CNN Goes to Cambodia

There’s a whole sub-genre of maps in which CNN relocates some country or city to longitude and latitude coordinates zero by zero, making a crowded little community in the Gulf of Guinea.
WGN Goes to South Africa

Americans love convenience, so it was to be expected that the country hosting the World Cup would be moved to a more accessible location.
CNN Goes to Iraq

The forgotten true story of how Romania came to join the invasion of Iraq: CNN scribbled it into the prime minister’s European itinerary. Legally binding!
CNN Goes to Libya

We have a guess for why the network was unable to find Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi.
CNN Goes to London

The British capital got phone hacked so hard it woke up 120 miles away in Norwich.
Fox News Goes to Eastern Europe

Finally, please put on your felt gloves and breathing mask while handling the JEWEL OF THE COLLECTION, Fox News’ exquisite Eastern Europe. Yugoslavia has reunified, except for Serbia, which is now Hungary, and also Yugoslavia is now Bulgaria, which is nameless. It’s beautiful.
Thus ends the tour. Please visit the gift shop on your way out and, remember, send us your tortured TV News maps: interpreter@nytimes.com.

Quote of the Day
Le Minh Khue, a North Vietnamese veteran, recounts the war in the third episode of Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War.”

Le Minh Khue, a North Vietnamese veteran, recounts the war in the third episode of Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War.”

We received an overwhelming response to the previous newsletter’s quote from a Vietnam veteran on the nature of war, taken from Ken Burns’ documentary on the conflict. Here, as requested, is another, from Le Minh Khue, a North Vietnamese veteran.

“In the early days, I wasn’t very scared. But when I saw dead people, that scared me. The Americans bombed the village for hours. We ran over to see what had happened. The village was unrecognizable. From then on, I knew that war had arrived.”

“My home was next to a house for the elderly. It was completely destroyed. Bombs fell on the market and the school. Then, a recruiter came asking for volunteers. My head was full of a strong spirit of adventure. But I was too young, you had to be 17. So I lied about my age and signed up.”

“Before I left, my uncle said, ‘American literature is very unique. You should bring some with you.’ I’ve loved American literature ever since. And in particular, I love Hemingway. I learned from ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls.’ Like the resourcefulness of the man who destroys the bridge. I saw how he coped with war. I learned from that character.”