FOX News Doesn’t Know Where Iraq Is

by Joey deVilla on July 28, 2009

In a comment to an earlier article of mine showing FOX News’ tendency to mislabel badly-behaving Republicans as Democrats, “RODAN” pointed me to this map of the middle east shown on FOX News in segment where Neil Cavuto interviewed John Bolton on Monday – note the country marked “Egypt”:

FOX News' map of the middle east, putting Egypt where Iraq is.

The problem is: that’s not Egypt, that’s Iraq! Here’s a real map of the middle east:

Map picture

You’d think that with their obsessions with terror, Muslims and safeguarding the nation, not to mention the presence of a former representative to the U.N. present, they’d know where Iraq was.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Sean C July 28, 2009 at 10:44 am

To be fair, Fox News doesn’t know where a lot of stuff is, including things located directly below their backs.

Dizzlexic July 28, 2009 at 11:07 am

I have to give them some credit. It must be really hard to draw a map with your head up your ass.

Alex Beamish July 28, 2009 at 11:23 am

Heh, as always, anything that’s outside the continental United States is a mystery to the average American. And FOX News is clearly below average. Therefore this result is unsurprising.

Here’s an example: Ask 100 Americans in which country they think the Tour de France finished. (And bonus points for the city.) And another: was it true that George W Bush had never been outside the US before being elected President? The mind boggles.

Barry Hess July 28, 2009 at 11:48 am

@Alex Wow, that’s a wide paintbrush you have.

Pete Forde July 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Come on, Alex! FOX News mis-labeling a map is sad, but anti-American racism is sadder. I know you mean well, but FOX does not speak for the majority of the American people by a long shot.

Ian Tuck July 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Alex didn’t claim Fox spoke for a majority of the American people, although it does count a sizable minority of the population among it’s viewers.

That said,

The truth hurts.

Ian Tuck July 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Gah…its, not it’s. [mutter]

Ian Tuck July 28, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Plus, I had no idea that Americans were a race.

Bill O'R July 28, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Well, to be honest, Fox News and Fox in general isn’t all that concerned with accuracy.

Morgan July 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Fox news is upsetting. It’s easy to get carried away and paint it as representative of America, but realize it’s only representative of the people who voted in Bush. Twice. Unfortunately for the world, that was the majority. Twice.


At least things are getting better.

Joel D July 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Americans are not a race; the Tour de France is a race.

Chuck Reaume July 28, 2009 at 3:00 pm

HA! Ian you illiterate non-American!!

Mike July 28, 2009 at 6:58 pm

One could question a website that makes fun of something like that, but then still finds it necessary to place a real map below.

Xavier July 30, 2009 at 2:50 am

My guess is, they didn’t want to scare the shit out of their viewers by showing that Iraq was right in-between Israel/Syria/Jordan and Iran. Let’s replace it with, hmmm, Egypt! People love pyramids, and everyone know it’s a peaceful, democratic country. Also, let’s not mention Afghanistan on this map either…

@Alex: mmmh, please tell me your “bonus points for the city” is a joke 🙂

@Joel D: ooooh, nice one 🙂

Follower July 30, 2009 at 11:53 am

And since Joey’s headline contains “Fox News,” has placed a “Read Ann Coulter’s Column FOR FREE!” ad right above the story. Um, no, thanks. Next up: Stories about racism in the Gates arrest will show “Join the KKK FOR FREE!” banners.

Joey deVilla July 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Follower: I really should update that “Don’t show ads from these advertisers” list for my ads.

wiskers August 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

@Follower AdBlock Plus for the win

@Alex: lol@“bonus points for the city”

Bolton was the US representative in the UN. did he at least catch Fox’s geoilliteracy?

GinBin August 4, 2009 at 6:03 pm

ok, we get it to most of the comments……. you don’t like foxnews, you’re ‘progressive’. now move along.

EEEEEVIL foxnews-‘murricans led by that cowboy neocon Bushitler MUST have been ”

What I was wondering is what software they used to make that graphic?

R Feria August 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

Look, if you have to leave a comment telling us where the RIGHT placement of Egypt is, you must think your readers are just as stupid as the idiots over at Fox News.

jim February 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm


“i madez u an iraq, but i eated it”

Middle East Observer March 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Sadly most Americans dont know shit about the Middle East.

If i were to reason like an American, i would say:
*Al Capone is American. Al Capone is a criminal. Americans are criminals.
*Hitler is Christian. Hitler killed millions. Christianity is violent.

Chance January 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Does anyone know what fox news was talking about specifically when they showed this map? If the posters here are correct and most americans can’t locate Egypt or Iran on a map, does anyone think perhaps it was painted this way on purpose to sway public opinion in some way? Foxes are sneaky little critters.

Madoux January 31, 2011 at 11:34 am

The comment explaining where the proper placement of Egypt is, was left for the Fox news viewers who are too stupid to figure it out on their own.

Jean-Marie Mitterand January 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I’m not sure that George W. Bush had never been outside of the US before becoming president. But I think he’d never been to Europe. On his first trip to Europe Laura Bush accompanied him, and one of their stops was Paris. After that it seemed that the Bushes took LOTS of trips to Europe, and Laura always made sure there was a stop in Paris! This was the country we excoriated because they warned us going to war against Iraq was a bad idea. Today that seems very, very obvious.

Ron Ross February 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm

THe only thing Fox News has the the other cable networks don’t have is……..VIEWERS! THey must be doing something right.

Jeff February 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I notice a few things missing on your map… most notably: Israel.

I’m guessing that some tech guy was updating the map before putting it on the screen, and made a mistake.

this kind of “gotcha” game is silly.

unless you want to get into why Shumer doesn’t know what the 3 branches of the Federal govt are…..

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