Fer crying out loud, media people. It’s not hard. Do you say THE France? THE Spain? No, you don’t.
I just heard both CBS News’ Elizabeth Palmer and our local station’s Steve Hayslip say THE Ukraine, and even Jon Stewart adds the THE on occasion.
THE Ukraine goes back to the Soviet days when Ukraine was not an independent country but a piece of the Soviet Union. It’s now been an independent country for a few years so get with the damn program.
Cripes. Do you still refer to Rhodesia and Zaire?