Meet The Press Mistakes: A Grievous Graphical Error Places Tiny Bahrain As One Of World's Most Populated
March 4th, 2011
By Barry Secrest
While plying through a typical Sunday night routine, finishing the evening with a liberal dose of "Meet The Press" from my trusty DVR, I found myself amazed at a graphic display that seemed "slightly off" in its accuracy--to put it mildly.
David "die you nutty Birther" Gregory was expounding on US foreign policy with some info-chick from the Obama administration (Amb. Rice) about the brewing Islamic Caliphate in the Mideast. As the two were discussing the various nations' Democratic "birthing pains," a graphic was flashed up on the screen about the nation of Bahrain.
Bahrain is an island nation which is about three times the size of Washington, DC at 665 square miles. It contains a US Naval base that is home to the Fifth Fleet, which was part of the focus of Gregory's interview with the Obama info-chick. As the two were discussing foreign policy, I was quite struck that the dear lady had little if any facial expressions at all, by the way. It was as if she had been universally Botoxed and then forced to sit through a dizzying number of Obama's State of The Union speeches for days on end, then force-fed a flatulence-inducing meal of black beans and rice with red cabbage, just prior to the interview, in order to get her rather stony-while-strained facial expressions just exactly right for the anti-Birther man.
At any rate, Gregory was trying to induce a mild-spate of panic, this time by saying that the US Naval base might be kicked off the Island. Right. Then, dutifully flashed up on the screen was the graphic in question as seen in the above picture. According to "Meet The Press" little, tiny Bahrain has a population of 1.2 Billion people...I thought Huh??
One of the most overcrowded places on the planet, New York City, has a population density of approximately 5,500 per square mile. Bahrain, according to "Meet The Press," would have a population density of 55,416 people per square mile. Getting a little crowded over there, huh? And they even have room for a US Naval fleet? Maybe they are just, like, really small over there, the Islamic equivalent of Lilliputians, one must suppose. Perhaps instead of calling themselves Bahrainians, they might consider Islamaputians.
In fact, according to "Meet The Press," Bahrain would make Cairo look like Death Valley in its population composition considering the tiny size of its area. Bahrain, to those of you over at "Meet The Press" who apparently don't think very much, has a total population of about 791,000 people.
Which is a far cry from what would be a "Meet The Press" population total for Bahrain that rivals both the largest populations of the world. China has a total population of 1.3 Billion people while India is just behind at 1. 2 Billion people.
Now, what was that you all were saying about Obama's birth certificate?