A shambles, a bourach and a farce or BBC bias at it’s most venal?
Right from the off, it’s clear that Reporting Scotland staff are going to turn a judicial judgement in favour of the Scottish Government and against club owners into something to subvert another pandemic measure designed to save lives.
We hear little of the Judge, Lord Burns, his name not mentioned, and his conclusion ignored:
[It is] an attempt to address the legitimate issues identified in a balanced way.https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,douglas-ross-critcises-vaccine-passport-plans-as-judge-refuses-to-delay-scheme
Surely that was the starting point if you want to tell viewers what has happened?
But no, the report begins with the notion that the FM must defend the vaccine passports. She did that after the judge and after Douglas Ross had ignored him, attacking the plan again for the 3rd day in a row.
Then we hear of a ‘last minute legal challenge to the halt the scheme is rejected.’ Why not mention the judge? Hoping listeners will that ‘Sturgeon’ is to blame again?
The full report begins:
The First Minister (good) has defended the introduction of vaccine passports after they were described in Holyrood as a complete farce.
Why not tell us what the judge said before we hear of the rant from a Tory politician with no expertise in these matters, legally or medically? Surely the judge is the news and Ross is a reaction to it?
The substance of the BBC report then becomes the attack on the FM in Holyrood and not, as viewers deserved, the judgement and the evidence presented, but the Tory rant against it.
Much then is made of ‘the concerns in Parliament raised for three days in a row’ and prominence is given to the alleged ‘shambles, bourach and farce’ accusations, unchallenged, until the FM gets a word in at the end.
The presenter finishes with the suggestion that the Scottish Government has ‘had to change its guidelines’ when they have merely given a period of grace before enforcing them. She stumbles on ‘grace’, not able to remember it – telling?
This is, as most of you know, unique to Scotland. Public service broadcasters across the globe side with their national strategies to save lives and leave trades magazines to support the self interest of businesses.