CNN mistakenly spots ‘Russian minarets’ on new Time cover (PHOTO)
The famous Russian architectural features enveloping the White House on the latest cover of Time magazine seem to have stumped CNN, which referred to the onion domes as “Russian minarets.”
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.
TIME’s new cover: How Trump’s loyalty test is straining Washington https://t.co/4ZQG16wS8fpic.twitter.com/tnng9Wy6km— TIME (@TIME) May 18, 2017
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.
White House overtaken by Russian minarets on new Time cover @CNNPolitics... minarets?! https://t.co/JG5jCnAAZn— Jake Rudnitsky (@Rudnit) May 18, 2017
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
Orthodox Christian minarets? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/YaaWWxfGPm— Gabe Ormsby (@gormsby) May 18, 2017
@rprose@DavidWright_CNN you might google your architectural term BEFORE you use it. Those are Onion Domes NOT Minarets.— Brenda Barnes (@BrendaKBarnes) 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
This Time cover and the CNN headline pretty much illustrate what the "#Russia expertise hell" might look like. https://t.co/djMrMNfSCR— Fabian Burkhardt (@fa_burkhardt) May 18, 2017