Today at Holyrood, reporting on First Minister’s Questions, BBC Scotland’s Brian Taylor told us:
She [the FM] was also questioned very closely indeed about the impact on care homes of transfer from hospital of patients who either had not been tested or had tested positive for Coronavirus.
He did not tell us that the report being used by opposition politicians to question her very closely had concluded that those ‘transfers’ played no statistically significant part in the outbreaks in care homes and, in his terms, had no meaningful impact.
The omission of the key conclusion of the report to protect the opposition from the demolition of their campaigns to lay the blame for care home deaths at the door of the Scottish Government is bias by omission in its clearest form.
It will not be sustainable to claim that there was insufficient time within a 15 minute episode to refer to the key conclusion from a major report forming the basis for the described questionning.