AMERICA, the nation which gave the world 307 Nobel laureates, has today shown that its media is about as smart as one of its famously dopey teen beauty pageant contestants. In a bizarre map produced by NBC News, pretty much the whole of Australia is depicted as being ablaze this week. You might have thought the bushfires of the past week have been confined largely to New South Wales, but noooo. Not according to NBC they're not. According to NBC, pretty much the entire country is on fire, including vast swathes of Cape York, the entire Darwin region, and vast portions of Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert where you'd be lucky to find two blades of grass to rub together.
NBC's cartographical catastrophe is all the more disturbing given the network spent pretty much the whole of the Sydney Olympics camped on the Opera House steps. You'd think they'd have picked up a little Australian geography during their extended stay. Then again, perhaps they thought they were in Austria all along. Or maybe all those kangaroos hopping down George Street left them a little muddled or something.