Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Blog

Today, I was watching last night’s Daily Show online, and I caught a little graphico (if it’s typo, it’s a graphico – I consulted Sarah Palin) in the background: in a news clip which appears to be from NBC News, the commentator was talking about tensions between India and Pakistan, but the flags actually belonged to India and PALESTINE.

Now, minor errors of this sort are not only perfectly understandable, but truly inevitable in any human-run process that operates on a 24/7 basis.  And granted, the names of the two countries do sound similar. As Arab American comedian Aron Kader recalls about growing up in the US, when he told his friends he was Palestinian, they would often ask “Pakistilian?”

As a Palestinian-American, I am biased in that I can’t miss that flag if it pops up out of place on the screen, so I’m not surprised that others at NBC didn’t catch it. However, I do find it interesting that the person who made the initial mistake in choosing the wrong flag may not know the difference between the two countries despite working at a news station. Equally interesting is the fact that the error made it through a satire show which looks for news gaffs undetected.

After our recent blog about NY1, we hope this does not become a series.