The formerly edgy, radical, people’s fact-checker, The Ferret, is comfortably in the lap of the Herald and seems not to have bitten Tom Gordon, Brian Taylor or Lord Dunlop yet. Brian Macwhirter has of course got his protective gear on.
In a biting investigation, one of three by the media mustelid dominating the Herald today, we read:
Ten of Scotland’s major newspapers are owned by just three men: Rupert Murdoch, Lord Rothermere and Frederick Barclay. They are all billionaires who, personally or through their businesses, have used the law to avoid paying tax. An analysis by The Ferret reveals that all but one of Scotland’s national newspapers, the Sunday Post, are owned in other countries.
Only the Sunday Post? Jings, crivvens, help ma boab! Just as well the Ferret has joined them.
Wait! No, they’re in cahoots with the Herald. Who owns the Herald? Let’s read on and see.
No, can’t see it. Ten paragraphs down, seventeen..aah, there it is London-based Newsquest Media Group. HQ in the US, CE, Paul Bascobert.
So, little furry friend, what do we think of them or him?
Nothing reported. Run out of space? I see.
Let’s see what I can find.
I ferreted around for a bit and could find no obvious scandal but what does this from their Annual Report and Financial Statements mean?
No tax paid?
What does this do for the Herald? Lend them credibility? Make them appear to be people’s watchdogs, sorry ferrets, and not establishment poodles? Convinced?
What does this do for the Ferret? Horribly compromise them in a classic case of what Marx called, ‘repressive tolerance?’
The Herald can now claim: ‘See, we give space to honest critical voices’ but we’re keeping the lying conservative ones too.
I give money monthly to the Canary, based in England but a real fact-checker, crowd-funded only: