More Mohammed Cartoon Fun
The above image (click to enlarge) is from a BBC report (video link on right) on gunmen raiding the EU’s Gaza office in protest over the Danish Mohammed cartoons. There's a brief sequence giving some background to the affair in which a group of unidentified men seated around a table discuss the pictures. The screen-grab shows one of these anonymous guys (could be anyone - the BBC report doesn't say) looking at an image. However, it’s not one of the original 12 published by Jyllands-Posten - it’s one of a number of fakes that have been distributed around Muslim countries in an attempt to whip up even more hysteria. It shows Mohammed as a pig - here's the best copy I could find so apologies for the quality (click for bigger, and if anyone knows what either the Danish or the squiggly language means I'd be grateful. UPDATE. Translation of the Danish - "This is the true image of Muhammed." Thanks Per. The squiggly stuff says "This is the real face of Muhammad." Thanks anonymous.):
The other fakes can be viewed via this link.
If the original images were so blasphemous, why the need for fakes?
(And remember - Drink Danish! Today I have been mostly drinking Carlsberg Elephant Beer.)
Update 11 am January 31. Eammon in the B-BBC comments says that a BBC reporter on last night’s PM lumped Pig Mohammed in with the Danish cartoons. I’ll check this when the Listen Again feature finally updates (still playing Saturday's show), but it certainly wouldn't surprise me. As Ed Thomas says at Biased BBC in relation to the above screen-grab:
You'd have thought the BBC might have noticed… and pointed out the fact that many out there are just propagandising.This sort of ignorance stems from the BBC’s fear of offending Muslims; we get superficial reports lacking critical analysis because the reporters are scared of scratching beneath the surface. Worse, they know the truth and choose to ignore or dissemble. The BBC and Islam - see no evil, hear no evil, report no evil.
Michelle Malkin now has the cartoons. Excellent.
Depictions of Mohammed through the ages.
Update 2 pm January 31.Rob Broomby on BBC Radio 4’s PM last night (and well spotted Eammon):
The blue touch paper had been lit by a series of cartoons published in a Danish newspaper in September. One portrayed the Prophet Mohammed with a turban shaped like a time bomb. Another showed him with a face of a pig.Wrong Rob. Very wrong. Now let's have a report which answers these questions:
1.Why are Muslims spreading fake Danish cartoons?
2. Why did the BBC fall for the propaganda?
More still! Update 4.30 pm January 31. Aussie broadcaster SBS fell for the same shit. Via Pub Philosopher and the Brussels Journal.
Talking of which, the Brussels Journal (should we just give it all the 2006 journalism awards now?) also reports that a Dutch book is due to be published which will show a well known prophet in a compromising position with his child bride. Well, like so much else, it's in the Koran.
It goes on. Update 6 pm January 31. I emailed PM this afternoon and suggested that they might like to address the above questions. When the programme began this evening the presenter Eddie Mair went through the topics to be discussed and, sure enough, the Danish cartoons were on the agenda! I waited in anticipation for a reappraisal of Broomby’s report, and maybe even an apology for yesterday's falsehoods. Silly me. Instead, we heard Mair interviewing a Muslim activist. Nobody else. No other viewpoint.
Here’s my email in response :