After inviting us to watch with them the funeral of a victim of drug addiction, Reporting Scotland joined the other MSM to celebrate Scotland’s toll of Covid death.
In sharp contrast BBC 1 News loyally promoted the Oxford vaccine’s safety and reminded viewers that deaths (far higher than in Scotland) were now very low.
Reporting Scotland’s Glenn Campbell moved quickly to link the 10 000 deaths to hospital discharges into care homes telling us that the Health Secretary has ‘admitted’ that: ‘moving older people from hospital to care homes without safeguards was a mistake.’
All the usual subjects are then quoted, blaming the Scottish Government for the deaths and failing to refer to the several research studies indicating that the larger care homes, almost all privately owned and through their reliance on temporary agency staffing moving between homes, triggered the outbreaks.
Why did Jeanne Freeman not mount a defence? No idea.
My point here is not just about the accuracy or otherwise of reports but about the choices made on what to report. BBC UK staff fear the Conservative Government while BBC Scotland staff are aware of their responsibility to the BBC HQ in London and only to them. They are BBC Scotland only the sense that BBC outposts in the US or in Brussels are in those places.