Afghanistan would be three countries to the east, about where the right column is on this page probably is for you. Just past Iraq and Iran. I guess there’s a point where U.S. foreign policy is a near-total failure in so many countries, aggravating extremism in the name of fighting it, that even the media starts to lose track.
Given that most Americans couldn’t come close to naming and locating all 50 states on a map, I suppose I probably shouldn’t be surprised that a graphics person at CNN couldn’t locate CNN on a map of the Middle East, and that a producer couldn’t catch it. Yes, it may have been an honest mistake, but what sort of message does it send to the rest of the world when one of the largest American news organizations can’t even correct identify a country that American troops are fighting and dying in? Then again, if Paris Hilton or Angelina Jolie aren’t there, most Americans really don’t give a damn, anyway.
How sad is it when an American network that claims to cover the world can’t even identify the world’s counties correctly? Even sadder, I wonder how many viewers even noticed when this bit of geographic errata went out over the air?