Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fædrelandsvennen (FVN) - 4 Stories

1) Vår utrolige verden - (Fædrelandsvennen) 30 November 2005
http://www.fvn.no/
In this link Fædrelandsvennen displays pictures from around the world on the 30th November 2005. The picture with Canadian Pamela Anderson is listed on Fædrelandsvennen as "Pamela Anderson på amerikansk fotballkamp, julenisser til utleie og beslaglagte skilpadder. Se bildene her." That is wrong. The picture shows Pamela Anderson at a Canadian football game called the Grey Cup. To be correct the journalist should have written: "Pamela Anderson på canadisk fotballkamp, julenisser til utleie og beslaglagte skilpadder. Se bildene her." Why would a Norwegian journalist take a picture of Canadian Pamela Anderson at a Canadian football game in Canada and change it to read "Amerikansk fotballkamp"? When asked to correct the mistake, Fædrelandsvennen changed it to read "Pamela Anderson på fotballkamp, julenisser til utleie og beslaglagte skilpadder. Se bildene her." The reference to the American game was deleted, but no mention of it being a Canadian football game. Why is it okay to write it as an American football game, but when corrected not okay to write "Canadian football game"? A total double standard. The type of football in Canada that is played is Canadian football. Canada does not play American football, there is a difference in rules, number of players, size of field, etc. Why does Fædrelandsvennen think because it is Canadian it is not worth mentioning? Is being Canadian it is not worth giving proper credit? If it is worth mentioning "American", why not Canadian? Why the discrimination and double standard? How do mistakes about Canada and Canadians like this even happen in the first place in the Norwegian press?
2) Coverene vi elsker å kopiere (By Irene Svozilik) 21 December 2006
In this story the Norwegian journalist writes: "...den amerikanske countryartisten K.D. Lang er heller." This is a mistake. K.D. Lang is a Canadian musician from the province of Alberta in Western Canada. K.D. Lang is not an American. This journalist did not check her facts before she wrote about K.D. Lang in her story. She either just guessed or assumed she was an American. The journalist has been notified of the mistake, but no correction has been made to date. Update: The story was corrected four days later to correctly state K.D. Lang is Canadian, not American.
3) Lønnsomme giganter (By Lars Pettersen) 15 March 2006
In this story the Norwegian journalist incorrectly identifies the Canadian company Inco as being based in the United States. This is wrong, the company is Canadian, not American, and is based in Toronto, Canada, not in the USA. Why would a Norwegian journalist identify a Canadian company as American and state it is based in the USA? That would be like a Canadian journalist writing Telenor or Statoil is German and based in Germany.
4) Se Svein Magnes villa i Canada (By Odd I.R. Uleberg) 15 June 2007
In this story the Norwegian journalist writes: "Vancouver i British Colombia." The Canadian province of British Columbia is spelt "British Columbia" not "Colombia". Colombia is a country in South America.

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