October 7, 2013

CNN Report on Hong Kong Hornet Deaths Places It in Brazil

Earlier today, Matt Hadro at NewsBusters noted how CNN’s reporting on the government’s 17% shutdown has been incredibly one-sided (“CNN Keeps Pounding GOP: ‘Holding the American People Hostage,’ Wanting to ‘Destroy’ Government”). It’s as if they’re on a different continent.

Perhaps that’s partially explains why the cable network somehow placed Hong Kong in Brazil earlier today (graphic is at Twitchy.com):

Though the geographic error is comic, the story itself is serious:

Deadly giant hornets kill 42 people in China

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Hornets have killed dozens of people in China and injured more than 1,500 with their powerful venomous sting.

The Asian giant hornet, known scientifically as Vespa mandarinia, carries a venom that destroys red blood cells, which can result in kidney failure and death, said Justin O. Schmidt, an entomologist at the Southwest Biological Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

But perhaps a bigger problem than the toxicity of the venom is allergy, Schmidt says. Some people are naturally more allergic to stinging insects than others; a sting can trigger a deadly anaphylactic reaction, which may involve airway closure or cardiac arrest.

Since July, hornet attacks have killed 42 people and injured 1,675 people in three cities in Shaanxi province, according to the local government. Among those attacked, 206 are receiving treatment in hospitals.

 

Perhaps the network, which is in a nip-and-tuck fight with MSNBC for leading cable news also-ran — Fox News consistently outdraws both of its outclassed competitors combined — should concentrate a bit more on geographical accuracy and leave the use of venom to the hornets.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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