Social media users expressed outrage after CNN labeled Singapore as “Not a country” in an article outlining President Donald Trump’s “irresponsible approach” in handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Included in the article is a chart that reads: “Key countries with fewer new cases of coronavirus than the White House in past 24 hours.”
- The list mentions Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand and Mongolia, to name a few, which had an incredibly low count of new COVID-19 cases when compared to the number of cases in the White House which is now at 34, ABC News reported.
- CNN listed Singapore, which only recorded seven new cases as of Oct. 6, at the bottom part of the article. The media company added a note stating “Not a country” beside it.
As of 6 Oct 2020, 12pm, we have confirmed and verified 7 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection. Breakdown: 2 cases in the community & 5 cases residing in dorms. In addition, there are 4 imported cases. https://t.co/7hjmUaOjTT
— Ministry of Health (@sporeMOH) October 6, 2020
- The point of the chart is to show that the number of people infected in the White House is greater than the key countries listed.
People’s reactions: The chart quickly gained attention on social media and many users blasted the article and CNN for labeling Singapore as not a country.
Not sure which I find more amusing, that there’s a list of countries with fewer cases of Coronavirus than the White House, or that someone at CNN thinks Singapore is “Not a country.” pic.twitter.com/R09ajtyQfw
— Clayton Fopp (@ClaytonFopp) October 7, 2020
— David Capie (@davidcapie) October 7, 2020
— Zilu Feng (@ZeeFeng) October 7, 2020
— amirah 🐙 (@squiidiqahh) October 7, 2020
I like the shade thrown at the whitehouse but apparently Singapore is not a country. Who knew! pic.twitter.com/c6OvTtjk4S
— Thomas Yeo (@bttyeo) October 7, 2020
— Lindie Botes | 린디 • 琳迪 • リンコ (@lindiebee) October 7, 2020
According to CNN, we are not a country. Someone went out of their way to make it a point that Singapore, is in fact *not a country*
— MOTS⁷ (@Raggedy11_0613) October 7, 2020
- Following the backlash, CNN removed the chart from the article.
- Singapore separated from Malaysia on Aug. 9, 1965, to become an independent and sovereign country, according to History SG. It was the result of “deep political and economic differences” between the two countries, “which created communal tensions that resulted in racial riots in July and September 1964.”
Feature Image via Hu Chen