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On the quality of online news sites in Cyprus.

July 18th, 2012 1 comment

On numerous international news sites today, you will find something along the lines of:

A vast island of ice has broken off a glacier in Greenland: but it is just one-fifth the size of one which snapped off from Canada in 1962 and half the size of one seen in 2010.

The new monster iceberg is assessed as covering 46 square miles by professor Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware, which he calculates as roughly twice the size of Manhattan island.

In local media, such as on Sigma Live’s website, you’ll find:

Παγόβουνο λίγο μικρότερο σε έκταση από την Ελλάδα αποκολλήθηκε από τον Παγετώνα Πέτερμαν, έναν από τους μεγαλύτερους της Γροιλανδίας.

For the non Greek speakers amonst us, this implies that Greece is a little larger than 46 square miles.

What are these people thinking when they write these articles? I should start my own online newspaper… a valid one!