A few years back, I had a rare exchange with the editor of Reporting Scotland. I checked on him. He was a young man, still in his twenties I think. He seems to have disappeared.
When I criticised the lack of reliable evidence in a report, his response was a tetchy ‘It’s all very well for academics’ and ‘You don’t understand journalism’. As I understand it, he meant they were working fast and couldn’t be held to the same standards as academics.
See the above headline? What does it suggest? All of Scotland’s schools are at 50% absence? What else can it mean unless you read the small print or click and read:
Covid: Almost half of Kirkintilloch school’s pupils absent during surgehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-58402153
So it’s just one town and just one school in that town. Was there space for ‘one’ in the headline?
What kind of journalism is that? Shoddy? Deceitful?