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CNN does it again, in Poland
May 31, 2011 - Stephen Browne
I’m kicking myself right not for not knowing how to do a screen capture, ’cause I just missed a doozy.
I saved the link http://www.cnn.com/video/flashLive/live.html?stream=stream4&hpt=T2 but unfortunately all I get now is a black screen and a voice commercial.
Somebody at CNN caught it I guess, because a search of the archives gets a correct story to go with the picture.
What was originally there was a short article on CNN’s website saying President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw.
Well as it happens, my apartment (we still own it) in downtown Warsaw is about five blocks from the Grob Nieznany Zolnierz in Plac Pilsudskiego. That’s to one side of Saski Park, which bordered the Warsaw Ghetto and the great Tlomatski Synagogue before the ghetto uprising. My father-in-law was at one time the commander of the honor guard at the tomb. We used to go there to watch the changing of the guard sometimes.
The picture accompanying the article showed Obama at the Ghetto Memorial, not the Tomb. Not just a mis-identified picture, a whole ‘nuther event entirely. I don’t know if Obama did anything at the Tomb.
This is not the first time CNN has done this in a story about Poland. Some years back when I was still living there, they had a report on TV about some action taken by the Sejm (parliament) in Warsaw. They reported as a voiceover with video clip.
The clip showed a building with mountains in the background.
There are no mountains anywhere near Warsaw.
The sign on the building said, “Urjad Miasto Zakopanego,” or “City Hall of Zakopane.”
Zakopane is a ski resort town and artists colony in the mountains near the Slovakian border, known as the “winter capitol” of Poland. It is as far away from Warsaw as it’s possible to be and still be within the country.
Nice going CNN. I wonder how much of this goes on that I don’t catch?
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