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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gets brutal geography lesson for reporting on Glasgow COP26 from Edinburgh

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CNN recently went 21 consecutive days without averaging 7-digit viewership, according to rival Fox News, which makes a story about CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer reporting on the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland from Edinburgh all that more interesting.

Blitzer touted his efforts in a tweet that drew the attention of more than one social media user, considering the anchor flew from CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, first to Rome, where President Biden attended a G20 Summit and visited with the Pope at the Vatican, and then on to Scotland for the climate conference.

That’s an awful lot of flying and many miles covered to come about 46 miles short of the actual event.

“I’m now reporting from Edinburgh in Scotland where 20,000 world leaders and delegates have gathered for the COP26 Climate Summit. COP, by the way, stands for ‘Conference of the Parties.’ It’s the 26th time they have gathered to discuss and take action on this critical issue,” Blitzer tweeted.

All of which may lend to the viewership crisis the network is undergoing, a crisis that’s drawing the attention of the competition.

“The network once known as the ‘most trusted name in news’ is quickly becoming the most deserted,” Fox News reported in mid-October. “CNN’s struggle to maintain relevance following the departure of President Donald Trump has never been more glaring. The news channel is suffering from an unprecedented drought in viewership, going the first two weeks of October without any program averaging 1 million viewers, an astonishing 21-day streak that began in September.”

One social media user noted that Air Force One arrives and departs from Edinburg, and said CNN and NBC set up temporary news desks there, while having reporters on site in Glasgow filing stories, which may somewhat explain things.

But then, that too can be confusing as seen when Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason shared a photo of Biden departing Air Force One, tweeting “Arrived in Glasgow.” As seen below, he would soon amend that post: “Correction: arrived in Edinburgh. The president is motorcading now to Glasgow.”

Nonetheless, social media doesn’t often wait around for the sordid details of a story — after all, there’s too much fun to be had dropping snark bombs.

Here’s a sampling of some of the responses to Blitzer from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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