Bad Hair Blog scoops the Beeb!
The Beeb — scooped at its own apology:
Bad Hair Blog, Sunday, January 30, 2005
Exciting day in the news
because of the Iraqi polling. Reuters says,
Even in the so-called “triangle of death,” an insurgent hotbed south of Baghdad, turnout was solid, officials said.
In a somewhat related item, Reuters says BBC apologises for misinterpreting Iraqi death stats:
The BBC apologised on Saturday for erroneously reporting that U.S.-led and Iraqi forces may be responsible for the deaths of 60 percent of Iraqi civilians killed in conflict over the last six months.
The Beeb: Not fake, but innacurate?
BBC News NewswatchMonday, 31 January 2005, 12:45 GMT
BBC apologises over Iraqi figures
the Iraqi Ministry of Health then clarified that the figures included not just civilians, but also insurgents and Iraqi security forces. And it said that the phrase “military operations” referred to Iraqis killed by insurgents as well as coalition or Iraqi forces.
The ministry said the BBC had misinterpreted the figures.
The figures were not used in John Simpson’s report on Sunday’s Panorama programme, as it was still being prepared for broadcast and changes were made. However, the statistics were given out in other news reports.
“The Iraqi Ministry of Health has issued a statement clarifying matters that were the subject of several conversations with the BBC before the report was published, and denying that this conclusion can be drawn from the figures relating to ‘military operations’,” said the BBC in a statement.
“The BBC regrets mistakes in its initial published and broadcast reports.”
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