CNN catches a dose of The Herald Bombs, The Herald points it out

I nearly rolled out of bed with laughter when I read this on The Herald app this morning. What could possibly be more ironic than The Horrid pointing out the bombs of another news agency? At least they now have an idea of what they look like though our eyes.

Herald Bomb


Now that they’ve learnt how to spot them by reading WOBH, they really go to town and milk it for all it’s worth.

Where in the world is Auckland?

According to a top American news channel, it’s in Australia.

CNN has come under fire for a New Year’s news story in which it showed video footage of the Auckland Sky Tower’s annual fireworks display; with the caption: “Auckland, Australia”.

The footage quickly began trending on social networking sites including Twitter, with many disgruntled Kiwis criticising the news channel and calling for its staff to get some geography lessons.

One man wrote: “Breaking news! CNN has moved Auckland to Australia for 2014!”

Another person posted: “Auckland, Australia? Thanks, CNN, but no thanks.”

That wasn’t the only big blunder to fall on the City of Sails yesterday, with a British newspaper referring to Auckland as the capital of New Zealand. A Telegraph article said: “The city of Auckland was the first major world capital to let off fireworks as the country marks the beginning of the new year.”

That would have been true a couple of centuries back, when Auckland was the country’s capital city in 1841.

Now that we’ve taught them how to spot Herald Bombs, all we need to do now is teach them to cast the same eye over their own work and Billy Big Steps’ your uncle. It’s time The Gurnard taught the rest of the minnows at The Horrid how to be a “decent journalist, trained and skilled” so that one day they can be a Gurnard too.

/backhanded compliment