Last week, Ben Carson attempted to tweet out a map of all of the Governors who were not accepting Syrian refugees. Here’s the map he tweeted:
New England look a little funny to you? It should, because it is hilariously inaccurate. The Washington post summarizes what went wrong:
…Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are moved northeast by about 150 miles or so. Vermont and New York now have hundreds of miles of new beachfront property. Massachusetts shares a border with Canada. Maine straddles what is now the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.
Also, if you look closely at the mid-Atlantic area, you’ll see that Virginia’s portion of the Delmarva Peninsula is colored red to match Maryland, rather than gray with the rest of Virginia.
Seriously, I don’t even know what happened. I mean, you pretty much have to try to get a map that wrong. All you have to do is Google “American Map” and you’re good to go.
As of yet, the Carson campaign has failed to explain what went wrong with their hilariously bad version of the United States. Maybe this was a graphics error, but as noted by Vox, it does beg the question: How did no one notice this before it was sent?
The lesson? Proof your tweet – all aspects of it. And when you tweet out a graphic, for crying out loud, look at the graphic first!
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