BBC Reporting Scotland open immediately with the claims of the Labour leader that the SNP Government is responsible for not enough turning out in Glasgow to be vaccinated. These claims continue to be foregrounded despite the Depute First Minister having outlined this morning the various measures being put in place to compensate for failures by individuals to turn out or to keep their contact details up-to-date.
The leader of the third party is allowed to repeat his unsubstantiated claims, unchallenged. He calls for more testing when what we really need is more compliance from his constituents and like a true Scot calls for the Armed Forces to help out the Scottish public services who have done so well. Swinney’s rebuttal/correction that morning is cut.
Meanwhile, BBC 1 allows the minister to trumpet the success of the vaccine roll-out despite widespread media reports of no-shows and their health correspondent works to promote it by encouraging teenagers to be vaccinated because it is safe for them:
No opposition politicians is allowed to contradict the good news.
And, in Wales, the BBC works with the Welsh Government to educate the population and urge them to stick to the rules. The assumption that the government has done its best and that citizens have a responsibility too is repeated over several days.
This is the norm. Only the Scottish media have weaponised the pandemic in a desperate attempt to undermine the SNP.
Today is not unique but is a longstanding tendency.
For evidence, see:
No other country tolerates such foul lies! https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/05/15/no-other-country-tolerates-such-foul-lies/
Only BBC Scotland playing politics with pandemic measures in an election phase https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/04/28/only-bbc-scotland-playing-politics-with-pandemic-measures-in-an-election-phase/
BBC Wales exposes BBC Scotland’s agenda once more https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/04/13/bbc-wales-exposes-bbc-scotlands-agenda-once-more/
BBC Wales shows BBC Scotland how to do it https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/12/14/bbc-wales-shows-bbc-scotland-how-to-do-it/