Wednesday, February 08, 2006

BBC fanned flames of Muhammed cartoon fiasco

The BBC has admitted that it fanned the flames of Islamofascist hysteria over the Muhammed cartoons by repeatedly showing a faked cartoon in its reports over the world-wide anti-cartoon protests. The BBC admitted that it continually showed the "Muhammed with pig snout" cartoon which was actually a photo from an annual pig-calling contest held in France.

The BBC says,
Twelve cartoons were originally published by Jyllands-Posten. None showed the Prophet with the face of a pig. Yet such a portrayal has circulated in the Middle East (The BBC was caught out and for a time showed film of this in Gaza without realizing it was not one of the 12).

This picture, a fuzzy grey photocopy, can now be traced back (suspicion having been confirmed by an admission) to a delegation of Danish Muslim leaders who went to the Middle East in November to publicize the cartoons. The visit was organised by Abu Laban, a leading Muslim figure in Denmark.

According to the Danish paper Ekstra Bladet, the delegation took along a pamphlet showing the 12 drawings. But the delegation also showed a number of other pictures, including the "pig" one. The delegation claimed they were the sort of insults that Muslims in Denmark had to endure. These also got into circulation.

Ekstra Bladet has also published a letter taken by the delegation on its mission. This gives the delegation's account of how the cartoons originated and what the reaction to them was. But it also mentions other pictures, which it said were "much more offending." These presumably included the "pig" picture, whose origin is now known.)
Then, in a burst of hilarity, the BBC says,
One aspect that these governments might also want to examine is how they can counter false information.
In other words, how can these governments (in the West) counteract false information being disseminated 24/7 by an international news organization like the BBC. Good question. Answer: Fire the top 500 or so BBC executives and replace them all with people who know how to do some research and aren't willing to dumbly echo the rants of anybody and everybody who opposes Bush/Blair/Israel/Christians/Jews. But, the BBC gets even more hilarious:
Western diplomats appear to have missed this entirely and seem to have made no attempt to counter some of the arguments in the pamphlet or to distinguish between the various portrayals.
When did the BBC begin to counter the faked Muhammed cartoons it was broadcasting 24/7 and distinguish between the various portrayals? Uh, today, parenthetically.
It might not have made much difference but it shows how rapidly propaganda can add to fuel to the fire.
Yeah, no sh*t, Sherlock. Especially when the propaganda is being trumpeted all over the world by you at the BBC, you twits.

Paul Belien at The Brussels Journal ponders,
One wonders why the BBC did not check with Jyllands-Posten, and ask them for copies of the original cartoons, before broadcasting the news to a worldwide Muslim audience. One wonders also whether BBC journalists ever consult blogs. The twelve cartoons have been available on the internet for months. Moreover, if the BBC had published the cartoons on its own website, instead of pondering whether or not to show them, and fulfilled its duty as information provider this would not have happened. Perhaps extreme violence and some fatalities could have been avoided.
Isn't there a disclaimer somewhere in the BBC's website and appearing periodically throughout its world-wide, 24/7 broadcasts that states,
"The BBC is not responsible for the consequences, however fatal they may be, of errors, distortions and mis-representations made in its broadcasts due to:
shoddy reporting, agenda promotion, anti-Americanism and/or anti-Semitism."
I thought I saw that, once. Maybe it was the New York Times or CNN, I don't remember.

More here on the Muhammed cartoons and the BBC.

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