CNN mistakenly spots ‘Russian minarets’ on new Time cover (PHOTO)
The cover of the new issue of Time features the White House covered in a structure which appears to be a combination of two Moscow landmarks – the Kremlin Walls and the onion domes of St. Basil's Cathedral.
The architectural depiction of the “Trump Russia ties” narrative had CNN stumped, which called the onion domes "Russian minarets" in an editorial. While onion domes are a predominant form of Russian Orthodox church domes, minarets are distinctive tower-like features usually found adjacent to mosques.
LRT: minarets are part of mosques (where they call to prayer). That's a Russian Orthodox cathedral. No minarets.— Hannah (@hannahtraining) May 18, 2017
CNN quickly realized the mistake and changed the headline “to more accurately describe Russian architecture,” according to a clarification in the article.
Despite promptly changing the wording, the ‘Russian minarets’ caused a wave of online mockery.
Awkward. CNN quickly realised it had gotten a little confused about what a 'minaret' is... pic.twitter.com/9yE0tep0qh— Nick Megaw (@NicholasMegaw) May 18, 2017
An illustration of cultural context in which Donald Trump became the president of the United States https://t.co/rc0iN6qSnr— Leonid Ragozin (@leonidragozin) May 18, 2017