CNN’s veteran political news anchor Wolf Blitzer bounded onto social media Monday to exclaim he was “reporting from Edinburgh in Scotland, where 20,000 world leaders and delegates have gathered” for the COP26 climate conference.
The 73-year-old broadcaster tweeted a photograph of himself in a studio in front of Edinburgh Castle to reinforce his image as a man at the center of the action.
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. pic.twitter.com/BGTAeU5cBy
— Wolf Blitzer (@wolfblitzer) November 1, 2021
Trouble is, as his (many) critics have since pointed out, Blitzer has flown approximately 4008 miles from CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, via Rome to cover an event unfolding in Glasgow, some 46 miles away from his temporary studio.
The response on social media to the geographically challenged journalist was fierce.
Someone please help Wolf Blitzer find a train to Glasgow https://t.co/kBCFYfStME
— Brian Kahn (@blkahn) November 1, 2021
— Nikola Casule (@NikolaCasule) November 2, 2021
Wolf Blitzer reporting from Glasgow pic.twitter.com/tM1mLt12MM
— David Galbraith (@daveg) November 1, 2021
Did Wolf Blitzer really get sent to the wrong city for the UN climate conference, or…? pic.twitter.com/SpKpn44OiA
— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) November 1, 2021
CNN later clarified it also has cameras in Glasgow for the summit in addition to its base in Edinburgh, where U.S. President Joe Biden is staying, as Metro UK reports.
Wolf Blitzer was not the only visiting journalist to confuse Scotland’s two biggest cities.
Under a picture of Biden emerging from the steps of Airforce One at Edinburgh Airport, Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason wrote “Arrived in Glasgow.”
Edinburgh Airport quickly responded with a corrective tweet: “Jeff, you have no idea what you’ve done…Welcome to Edinburgh, and Scotland!”
Mason later corrected himself, outlining: “Correction: arrived in Edinburgh. The president is motorcading now to Glasgow.”
Blitzer had been in Rome for the G20 summit along with fellow reporters Nic Robertson and Kaitlan Collins, before flying on to Scotland.