As international leaders and diplomats from over 100 nations turned up in Glasgow to attend the essential COP26 convention, a reporter discovered himself reporting on the summit from a distinct Scottish metropolis: Edinburgh. Whether or not intentional or not, the veteran reporter turned subjected to mocking and lots of jokes on-line.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, 73, considered one of America’s best-known journalists was ridiculed on-line after he shared an image of him towards the backdrop of iconic Edinburgh Citadel. Blitzer wrote: “I’m now reporting from Edinburgh in Scotland the place 20,000 world leaders and delegates have gathered for the COP26 local weather summit.”
“COP, by the best way, stands for ‘Convention of the Events.’ It’s the twenty sixth time they’ve gathered to debate and take motion on this important concern,” he added, exhibiting off his data for the occasion that’s being hosted almost 50 miles away from his make-shift information studio.
I’m now reporting from Edinburgh in Scotland the place 20,000 world leaders and delegates have gathered for the COP26 Local weather Summit. COP, by the best way, stands for “Convention of the Events.” It’s the twenty sixth time they’ve gathered to debate and take motion on this important concern. pic.twitter.com/BGTAeU5cBy
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) November 1, 2021
Nonetheless, he wasn’t the one one to confuse the 2 cities. White Home correspondent for Reuters, Jeff Mason, tweeted his arrival into “Glasgow”, who was in reality at Edinburgh’s airport. Noticing the gaffe, the airport shortly tweeted to poke some enjoyable: “Jeff, you don’t have any concept what you’ve carried out … Welcome to Edinburgh, and Scotland!” Mason, nonetheless, adopted by tweeting a correction.
Jeff, you don’t have any concept what you’ve carried out…
Welcome to Edinburgh, and Scotland! 😊
— Edinburgh Airport (@EDI_Airport) November 1, 2021
Though it’s not clear why Blitzer was not in Glasgow, many thought it was most likely as a result of US President Joe Biden had flown in together with members of the White Home Press Corps to Edinburgh, from the place he travelled to Glasgow for the summit there.
Blitzer’s awkward geographical error prompted mirth as many Scottish individuals joined in to say, “it’s comprehensible why he obtained confused between the 2 main cities”. Others, together with many European journalists, reminded him that he was within the “fallacious metropolis”. Whereas some defended him that the venue didn’t matter and he would be capable to report remotely, others begged to vary saying it’s “embarrassing for CNN”.
Who’s going to inform him https://t.co/9d5NnOggQD
— Alan White (@aljwhite) November 1, 2021
Useful be aware to our American buddies: Edinburgh and Glasgow usually are not the identical place. https://t.co/j2Fki9wPrF
— Gordon Rayner (@gordonrayner) November 1, 2021
I can see how you could possibly make that mistake. I used to be searching for a map and it seems to be like each place in Scotland is definitely Glasgow pic.twitter.com/RLsSfGrxk5
– Marcel Dirsus (@marceldirsus) November 1, 2021
In case helpful pic.twitter.com/gEOmc5rGHe
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) November 1, 2021
Ought to’ve gone to Glasgow
– Specsavers (@Specsavers) November 1, 2021
No surprise you’ve gotten some empty seats subsequent to you -currently two individuals are strolling round Glasgow looking for the @cnni tent.
— Hasan Patel (@Hasanpatel) November 1, 2021
2 hours have passed by and this nonetheless hasn’t been corrected or deleted?
not a very good look CNN
— Adrian McKinty (@adrianmckinty) November 1, 2021
Forgive me if I get my info from a information group that managed to go to the suitable metropolis
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) November 1, 2021
With respect, should you aren’t in Glasgow the place the COP26 is definitely going down, you actually may have reported from house and prevented the air journey and further air pollution.
— Little Pink 💙 (@LittleRedof81) November 1, 2021
You appear to have all the required attributes to change into my subsequent International Secretary.
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) November 1, 2021
That’s beautiful Wolf – I’m tuning into CNN’s COP protection from Paris in France pic.twitter.com/OB3NX4yjKV
— Dave Aloo (@DaveAloo) November 1, 2021
In the meantime, right here I’m reporting from New York because the solar units over the Statue Of Liberty behind me… pic.twitter.com/SMwObXEFCO
— Harold Smith (@hws5mp) November 1, 2021
I’m right here in New Zealand with the solar setting over a quaint costal city. pic.twitter.com/Yi0Mjr7tSJ
– S7oksey (@ s7oksey) November 1, 2021
Wolf has discovered the guts of Glasgow pic.twitter.com/6N8aeNTfWQ
— Mhairi Beveridge (@MhairiBeveridge) November 1, 2021
Regardless that jokes continued, Blitzer didn’t take away his tweet or provide any rationalization however later tweeted one other replace specifying that the summit was in Glasgow and identified that Edinburgh was the place POTUS landed. Blitzer had beforehand been in Rome for the G20 Summit of world leaders, which concluded Sunday.