Shanghaiist reader Oliver Denton has been fact-checking the BBC over its recent story about Oasis canceling the China leg of their tour, which presumably happened because Noel Gallagher appeared at a Free Tibet Benefit Concert over a decade ago (as linked to in a previous post, the promoter insists it was for economic reasons).
Denton pointed out that a paragraph in the article was inaccurate:
“Last year, Icelandic star Björk shouted “Free Tibet!” after a song about independence performed during a Shanghai concert, which went unreported in the state-controlled Chinese media. ”
…and proved it with a billion links to media that had, in fact, reported the Björk blunder – including us! By today, editors at the BBC had erased that last part, ending the paragraph at “performed during a Shanghai concert.”
Only thing is, the article is still WRONG. Björk never said “Free Tibet!” at the concert, very clearly uttering, “Tibet, Tibet!” instead. It would’ve taken the reporter all of five minutes to check a video up on Youtube to make sure the line was right. Come on BBC! It’s like you guys aren’t even trying to stop the media ship from sinking anymore!