Dear CNN

Dear CNN,

I recently vistited your news site and found an article about the City of Vancouver. I read this article. I read it again. I was left wondering… why so many innacuracies? If you see fit to print articles with this many innacuracies about things I know, how can I trust the information in the articles I actually intend to learn from? It seems clear to me that the articles author, Dean Irvine, either never has visited Vancouver and did a “google tour”, or he is inept. I’ll give Mr. Irvine the benefit of the doubt, perhaps it seemed easier to simply google the information, ask friends, or perhaps chat about Vancouver at the office. Perhaps he really had no way of knowing that in fact Bowen Island is anything but a 15 minute “ferry” ride from Granville Island. The tiny tourist ferry he was on simply crosses False Creek to downtown Vancouver. Let me also point out that Commercial Drive is on the EAST side of Vancouver, not the west. I understand polar opposites can be confusing. It is Kitsilano, not Kitsalano… and Jerico Beach not Jericoh. Need I continue?

I would provide more google (or is that wikipedia?) links to back this up, but I don’t want to do Mr. Irvine’s work for him.

Michael Russell

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3 Responses to “Dear CNN”

  1. my email

    commercial drive is East of downtown
    chinatown is East of downtown
    then i wrote some thing i was wrong about

    their response

    Thank you from CNN!

    As you know, provides our readers with the resources to bring to our attention possible errors on our site. (Even the very talented writers are only human, and yes they do occasionally make mistakes!) You recently took advantage of these resources and brought to our attention an error in one of our stories. Thanks to your eagle eye and your willingness to take the time to report it to us, it’s been corrected. This email is to acknowledge your contribution to

    We are proud to be able to offer our millions of readers the opportunity to contribute to our reports in a variety of ways, and especially proud of readers like you, who partner with us in our efforts to be the very best. From all of us at, THANK YOU! We look forward to hearing from you again soon.

  2. Michael says:

    Interesting. Apparently there is a ferry from Granville Island to Bowen… who knew! I like how they did make the changes to the article though… unfortunately I didn’t save the original for posterity. 🙁 See! Whining CAN get you somewhere!