Saturday, September 09, 2006

BBC - half the story

From the BBC:
Danish exports to Muslim countries have been hit hard by a row over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, officials in Denmark say.

A Muslim boycott of Danish goods led to a 15.5% drop in total exports between February and June. Trade to the Middle East fell by half, statistics show.

The cost to Danish businesses was around 134 million euros ($170m), when compared with the same period last year, the statistics showed….

Food companies, particularly those selling dairy products, were among the worst affected.
However, if you follow the link on the same page to Denmark's official website, you'll see this news item from the Copenhagen Post:
Although the dairy sector has had a tough year as a result of the Mohammed cartoon crisis, Danish agricultural exports are on a pace to reach their highest levels ever in 2006.

Increasing demand for pork and price rises on mink are the main reasons for the growth in earnings on agricultural exports.

Based on the volume of exports for the first six months of the year, the Agricultural Council of Denmark predicts that the total annual agricultural export will increase by some 7 percent compared with 2005.

The Agricultural Council estimates that the agricultural export will be worth some DKK 60.5 billion (EUR 8.1 billion) in 2006.
The BBC article makes no mention of the record growth forecast.

Nice to see all those extra Danish bacon sandwiches I ate helped in some small way - and my Danish mink long johns are toastie warm.

Update 5.45pm. Here we go - take a look at this report from All Headline News. Check out the headline, check out the source.



"Danish Export Industry Left Reeling By Muslim Boycott"
says a BBC-quoting news outlet.

"Danish agricultural exports are on a pace to reach their highest levels ever in 2006" says the Copenhagen Post.

To Mark in the comments - that's why it's important.

12 Comments:

Anonymous mark said...

DFH

I was with you about al-guerin, but this is starting to get a little tiresome.

I can't say I'm particularly interested in in how much milk danish farmers sold last yr, i AM interested in the effect of those bloody cartoons. The former is irrevelent to the point of the story, and that is why it was left out.

It seems that the BBC is expected to repeat press releases verbatim, or be accused of bias, except if you perceive the press release to be pro-arab, pro-muslim or pro-left, in which case thee bbc is expected to take it apart, or be accused of bias.

Starting to get boring. Change the record.

11:42 am  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

Mark:

DFH should be congratulated on pointing out that the BBC continues to be mendacious as it continues to take your money. Lying by omission is still economy of truth.
As far as I'm concerned the point should continue to be made and 'broadcast' until some expensive heads roll in that travesty of information providing.

12:16 pm  
Anonymous Clematis Fraudster said...

DfH's post is entirely reasonable. Yes, dairy exports to the Middle East have dropped dramatically and the BBC has latched onto it, considering it newsworthy.

But, by failing to point out that (a) these exports count for a small fraction of total agricultural sales and (b) the Danish agricultural sector is enjoying a record year, the BBC is only reporting part of the story.

Context...both sides of the story...

DfH is, as far as I can tell, implying that the BBC is blowing this story out of proportion and omitting other, pertinent data, but I cannot see an outright accusation of bias. Bias against whom? Please can you point this accusation out?

12:38 pm  
Blogger Prodicus said...

This story had all but gone away. What motivated the BBC to resurrect it at all? And headline it thus?

1:11 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Mark said - "I can't say I'm particularly interested in in how much milk danish farmers sold last yr, i AM interested in the effect of those bloody cartoons. The former is irrevelent to the point of the story, and that is why it was left out."

But it wasn’t left out, Mark - it was the one fact the BBC article chose to highlight: “Food companies, particularly those selling dairy products, were among the worst affected.”

Overall, boycotts by Muslim countries have not devastated the Danish agricultural industry, which is actually having a record year. This is not the impression given by the BBC. As the other commenters have noted, I believe it's worth asking why the BBC decided to run the story in this way.

(Sorry you’re bored with the content of my blog Mark, but it’s unlikely to change anytime soon. At least you’re not forced to pay for it.)

2:17 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

It's good that the islamics are cutting down on dairy products because they are, to be candid, way too fat and their faces are oily. They also need to stop drinking that repulsive, sweet mint tea and start drinking less carbohydrate-laden whisky and soda.

No wonder they're so antsy and bad tempered. At the end of a bad day, anyone needs a double whisky and soda just to get through their own front door.

4:06 pm  
Blogger Mr Eugenides said...

That Danish pork producers have been unaffected by the cartoons row is perhaps not, in retrospect, a huge surprise.

8:56 am  
Blogger DFH said...

Just seen this in the comments at the Guardian's CIF:

The cartoons event was a deliberate conspiracy by Zionists Jews... Yesterday BBC announced Denmark export fell by 15%, due mainly to business loss in the Middle East because of the cartoon incidents. Danish people have lost their jobs/houses because of cynical manipulation of some Zionists.

One day on and the BBC report is being cited by conspiracy nuts.

1:21 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

Wow! Those Zionist cynical manipulators must have some power! Organising Middle Eastern markets and buying habits - poof! - just like that! Maybe when they're finished in the ME, they could come over and organise the return of law and order to Britain, and the return of academic standards to secondary education.

4:29 pm  
Blogger AntiCitizenOne said...

"Al-BBC is halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its blogs on." - Winston "Smith" Churchill

9:00 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

"Al-BBC is halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its blogs on." Very good.

10:23 am  
Anonymous dave fordwych said...

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2:09 pm  

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