The excellent, perceptive and fast MSM Monitor, as often, makes the point before I can.
They describe what Reporting Scotland does as ‘theatre‘ rather than ‘news‘. That’s spot on. Effective propaganda needs to go beyond factual news to dramatize the carefully selected themes such as ‘failure‘ to hit a target even though it is not a target, even though the same performance in England, Wales and N Ireland, is not presented there as a failure and, of course, even though that supposed failure has been cherry-picked from a wider context of greater success than in those other places.
So, a response:
First, the Scottish Health Secretary rebuts the ‘failed target’ notion:
Second, only Reporting Scotland with typically Good Morning Scotland and Kay Adams have this tendency to operate effectively as tools of the opposition parties. There has been no talk of comparative failure of governments elsewhere nor images of political leaders, to suggest blame. Even the BBC Scotland website has not covered the story.
Notably, the opposition parties elsewhere in the UK hold back from attacking supposed government performance on health matters for fear of seeming petty and disloyal or of undermining an important strategy to save lives.
Surely , this means something? Does it reflect the different audiences for TV, radio and online? Is the NO vote concentrated in the first two and is this a strategy to keep it thinking that Scotland and its government are not fit?
Third, what is not being covered that might threaten the above thinking?
For several weeks, Scotland has been vaccinating more than the other 3 nations.
Scotland has far lower infection levels than 2 of the 3.
The Scottish Government’s management of the pandemic has saved the lives of thousands.