The Alex Salmond Trial: The Herald’s cluster of contempt for the law

In an oh-so-cheap attempt to win readers, the Herald has 4 reports on the case of a man found innocent in a Scottish court, the story already warped by Warkism, for which he may sue.

I feel sure the arch-paedophile and Liberal MP, Cyril Smith, suffered less media-abuse. As for those monsters Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris, did the Herald manage 4 different stories in one day on them? I doubt it.

McKay’s piece opens with a fine piece of in-the-media-bubble hypocrisy:

THe retrial of Alex Salmond is gathering pace. The Kirsty Wark documentary for BBC was, let’s say opportunistically, tied to the opening of the Holyrood inquiry into the Holyrood inquiry, as was Dani Garavelli’s one, on BBC Radio 4 which looked at the civil war in the SNP over the outcome of the trial. There’s nothing wrong with tagging a piece to an upcoming news event – I know both of the women involved and respect them and this isn’t a judgement on the respective programmes, but it is on the way the Scottish Government, and Nicola Sturgeon, have handled this avoidable imbroglio. All it is doing is to confirm for the conspiracy theorists is that there was a conspiracy.

Barely acknowledging the dirty exploitative wark by Wark and Garevelli, he then gives them a wee verbal cuddle and, astonishingly blames the Scottish Government for their trash journalism:

Aaaaah, we wouldn’t be making up fibs about Alex Salmond if you hadn’t given us the opportunity. We can’t help ourselves and we shouldn’t have to. It’s a free world. We’re performing a public duty here to inform the people. They need to know about him getting pissed.

9 thoughts on “The Alex Salmond Trial: The Herald’s cluster of contempt for the law”

  1. I think you are being a wee bit unfair on Ron “The Rotweiler” McKay in your piece, Prof.

    Ron is one of the few genuinely-talented operators still working the day job in Scottish journalism and I thought it was a fair analysis of events.

    I have known Ron for a number of years and rate him a good guy. OK, he is, or was, George Galloway’s best mate – but, none of us is perfect.

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      1. … two women who, in terms, Mr McKay accepts are contributors to a retrial (by media) of Mr Salmond. But that’s OK it seems in Mr McKay’s mind: he respects these two journalists. Is this respect for conducting a retrial by media? No need to respect the findings of a jury trial?

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    1. The fact that he has had an association with George Galloway is certainly something to be held against Mr MacKay, and especially because of their ridiculous self-publicising stunt about buying Partick Thistle at a time when the club was in a bad way financially. Of course the fact that I am a Maryhill-dwelling Jags fan has no influence on my objective opinion.

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    2. A good guy wrote (according to this article)

      we wouldn’t be making up fibs about Alex Salmond if you hadn’t given us the opportunity. We can’t help ourselves and we shouldn’t have to. It’s a free world. We’re performing a public duty here to inform the people. They need to know about him getting pissed.

      In suummation We are informing the public with fibs.

      This “good guy” has indeed performed a public duty and informed the Scottish public about what the press inform them with.

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    3. Eh? Reading that gutter press piece by McKay, in Prof’s article here, ‘operator’ of innuendo, loaded with bias and propaganda, not to mention a tad unprofessional in making it personal to himself, is definitely a good description. He is not being objective, it’s more like an opinion in a letters page, that’s not the same as ‘jounalism’. These messengers for the BritNat state do real journalism and journalists a massive disservice. There are journalists who are murdered for trying to get the truth out in countries around the world. I for one am sick of the lies, bias and utter propaganda from these jobs worths, ‘Scottish journalism’ is ‘operated’ outwith Scotland and is the enemy of my country. They deny the people facts and truth, and attempt to steer the anti SNP, anti independence narrative day in day out. Hell mend ’em. Oh and anyone who is ‘best mate’ of lowlife Galloway deserves no praise, at all.

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  2. Dont buy it.
    Dont read it.

    Character assassination, smears, innuendo, lies, disinformation, planted stories—all in favour of the British State.

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