The Times Does Geography

From today’s New York Times Corrections section:

A map on June 22 with the Mount Airy Journal article, about efforts in that North Carolina town to transform it into Mayberry, the fictional town created by Mount Airy’s native son, Andy Griffith, labeled incorrectly the state to the immediate west of Virginia. It is Kentucky, not West Virginia.

The map is now gone from the corrected article, but via the Wayback Machine we can recover it. Here it is:

Heh. You can imagine the Times guy: “Hmm, there’s Virginia. North is at the top, that means west is to the left, right? Must be West Virginia!” Sure, what we see on the map is just a part of the long West Virginia-Tennessee border.

Always remember: you are smarter than they are.

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