Sunday Times Scotland wins award for most dishonest headline of the year

Have things got more out of hand recently? Dishonest reporting in pursuit of readers is not a new thing by any means but that headline is special, very special.

First look at the word ‘pensioners’. Straight-off the reader is primed to be outraged. How dare they do whatever they’re doing to our pensioners? Many of the readers are pensioners. Others equate the word with their beloved family members.

What are they doing with pensioners? Exiling them!? Disgraceful. We don’t exile our pensioners in the UK!

It’s a strange concept, ‘exiling’ the elderly back into the more domestic, informal, home-like atmosphere, even decor, of the care home, from the cold, clinical, hospital ward full of machines and their noises. ICU wards are even more so, quite scary places. Many of the elderly returned to care homes or placed there for the first time, have dementia. Surely the arrival in an ICU would feel more like exile?

Is the Scottish Sunday Times referring to the necessary isolation on arrival in a care home? Why didn’t they use that word? Not dramatic enough?

Journalists are among the least trusted people on earth.

This 2020 YouGov poll reveals ‘red-tops’ like the Sun to be distrusted by nearly 90% but upmarket papers like the Times more trusted. That headline must surely relocate them in the red-top category.

2 thoughts on “Sunday Times Scotland wins award for most dishonest headline of the year”

  1. As a ‘pensioner’ who still has some of his marbles, who lives with a ‘pensioner’, who still has all of hers, whose next door neighbours are still-sentient ‘pensioners’, and who is in regular contact with other ‘pensioners’, many of whom I meet when out cycling and walking, I object to arseholes who write for newspapers like the Sunday Times telling me and my friends – mendaciously – and acquaintance what is happening to us.

    The arrogance and lack of self-awareness of such people gets right up my nose. I can remember participating in a consultation about amendments to be made to a local thoroughfare to facilitate more walking and cycling, which was attended, except for me, by ‘advocates’ for ‘disadvantaged’ groups. None of the ‘advocates’ was actually ‘disadvantaged’ in these ways. They were getting pretty exercised about the ‘adverse impact’ on ‘pensioners’ (sic) and so, in their view, the proposal was TOTALLY WRONG – not requiring tweaking, TOTALLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG. Eventually, I had to point out that I was the only ‘pensioner’ present. This was dismissed snootily with, “You still have your health, so you don’t know what it’s really like for ‘pensioners'” That wis me tellt.

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  2. An English newspaper commenting on issues on “a far-away country of which we know little”. The profits from the Scotsman were used to keep the Times afloat many years ago.
    The Sunday Times used to be a fine newspaper when Harold Evans edited it, though it was England-centric.
    Now it has a “Scottish” section and an “Irish” section, for those on the fringes.
    How condescending is that?


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