‘Stories have emerged’ is not the news

In the BBC Scotland report on the right, on ambulance waiting times, there are no statistics, no data, no figures, merely ‘stories.’

It seems the stories have just ’emerged’ but we know better than that. They have been gathered after social media trawling of this kind:

Not reported of course:

Scotland’s Accident/Emergency services 20% better as NHS England fall to lowest ever: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/09/08/scotlands-accident-emergency-services-20-better-as-nhs-england-fall-to-lowest-ever/

Or:

The Scottish Ambulance Service changed the way it responds to the most unwell patients in 2016 with 999 call handlers giving the highest ­priority to incidents such as cardiac arrests. An evaluation of the changes has found the system has saved the equivalent of 1182 lives. Under the new system, call handlers are taking longer on the phone to despatch paramedics and some lower priority calls are waiting longer for an ambulance. A Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Conservatives revealed that an additional 62 patients were saved in Lothian as a result of the changes in 2017.

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/health/hundreds-saved-scotlands-new-ambulance-response-system-106900

Or this:

May be an image of text that says "We're boosting our resources across Scotland As part of our Demand and Capacity programme, supported by €20m investment from the Scottish Government, 296 new frontline staff will be in place by April 2022. An extra 88 staff in the East An extra 139 staff in the West An extra 69 staff in the North Extra ambulances and vehicles will also be introduced over the coming months."

Or this from an earlier report:

The Scottish government said 99% of calls were handled in under 30 minutes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58530550
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3 thoughts on “‘Stories have emerged’ is not the news

  1. There is a long an honourable tradition in news-gathering of the ‘tip off’, whereby a reporter is contacted by someone to indicate there is something afoot that ought to be investigated, and sometimes including leads for the journalist to follow. A famous example would be ‘Deep Throat’ in the Watergate affair. But it has also happened at local levels, too.

    However, real journalists followed these things up and presented evidence of findings. Stories were not published until there was a reasonably strong case.

    Social media is a useful way of providing leads, very quickly and can also provide photographic evidence. In the George Floyd case, it was substantially evidence on mobile phones that showed the police officer kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck and recorded Mr Floyd saying he could not breathe. However, all of these had to be verified.

    What we have been having for several years now of the BBC and other outlets is that tweets and texts are simply read out and presented as fact without any verification. This is a modern version of rabble rousing. At present Humza Yousaf is the object of this rabble rousing, with Mr Glenn Campbell’s gleeful tweet about Mr Yousaf’s fall from his mobility scooter being a particularly egregious example.

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  2. Indeed, the very title of the BBC article “Why is the Scottish Ambulance Service in ‘crisis’?” conveys a conclusion not a question.
    That the article includes a pic of “A soldier from 2 Scots Royal Regiment of Scotland working at a Covid-19 testing centre at Glasgow Airport in April 2020” only serves to demonstrate the straw clutching involved in this farbrication.
    What the army were doing 17 months ago is no more relevant to the subject than the sexual activities of England’s then health secretary.

    What I could not help but notice was the time difference to the later addition “Covid in Scotland: Soldiers to drive ambulances under military aid plan” – All the usual hallmarks of a Union Unit piece, comments open granting the appearance of public resentment by the dial-a-gob crew. with even a reference to Jeanne Freeman.

    Pathetic stuff…

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  3. ”Stories have emerged ” is the new Reporting Style that will replace Journalism at BBC Shortbread and STV as cost-cutting reduces the need for verifiable sources for ”news”.
    This is following the recent changes at The Herald where Gossip from impartial Opposition and Unite Union have replaced Associated Press as the go to sources for headline stories .

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