Exclusive: CNN puts Jerusalem back on the map
June 28, 2007 23:06
In weather section, capital was not attributed to any country.
Following an inquiry from The Jerusalem Post, CNN has corrected a feature on its Web site that failed to identify Jerusalem as Israel's capital and which had instead listed it as "Jerusalem, null."
The change was made on Wednesday, after the Post contacted a CNN spokesman in Atlanta, where the company is based, and asked why Israel was referred to in this way by the Web site.
The feature in question appears on the CNN home page, which offers visitors the option of checking the weather at various locations around the world by typing in the name of the desired city.
The page returns a result containing the city name followed by the country in which it is located, such that someone who typed in "Moscow" would receive the weather report for "Moscow, Russia."
But visitors to the site who typed in "Jerusalem" received the weather forecast for "Jerusalem, null," with no mention made of the city's location in the State of Israel.
After being contacted by the Post on Wednesday, CNN spokeswoman Jennifer Martin said that the company had made "a clarification" to the Web site after having received "a few inquiries" on the issue.
The matter was first uncovered and publicized by pro-Israel activist Web sites The Israellycool.com and littlegreenfootballs.com.
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