Scotland’s media are uniquely twisted

Above Scotland’s ‘quality’ press take the perspective of club and pub-owners, utterly unqualified to criticise pandemic control measures, and accuse ministers in a manner, unique in these islands, and that should sicken. On the Herald website, this:

Hospitality sector accused of trying to impose infection and death with help of media?

This is not happening in the UK/English media where the Tory revolt last night dominates. No hospitality ‘industry’ rep is platformed in Northern Ireland or Wales.

In Blackpool, where hospitality is all, the Gazette has 56 stories on their website and not one about the supposed ruin of the industry.

And in Ireland:

70 pus stories on the Irish Times website today and not one based on complaints from hospitality.

Informing the public, no ministers accused and the, unseen here, suggestion that some firms are getting subsidised while still able to pay dividends to shareholders.

For many in Scotland, the bias against anything the SNP Government does has become normalised, even in a pandemic. It’s only if we can reveal to them it’s freakish, unusual, nature that the scales might drop.

8 thoughts on “Scotland’s media are uniquely twisted

  1. Scotland is under attack basically, the propaganda and lies being deployed is incessant. That photo of Nicola Sturgeon, oh dear someone has done a very bad job of darkening and stretching areas of her face, back to work on ye olde adobe photoshop, you are kidding no one!

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  2. In my humble opinion, both the Herald and Scotsman cannot in any way be commercially viable. Their circulation figures are dire, in the Heralds case I would doubt if it is above 10,000 printed daily copies. Of course there are digital subscribers but even that could not support the papers staff and running costs.

    Again, this is my own opinion, that both papers are being financially supported as “fronts” against primarily the SNP by the Scottish Office / Westminster Government. For Westminster, this is a cheap deal in the scheme of things and is certainly more effective at the moment by any “success” the Scottish Tories or indeed Scottish Labour are having to dent the SNP.

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    1. Robert, I would think any financial support would be to the parent companies of both papers rather than direct and that would dilute any obvious support.

      I am sure that there are large budget provisions for “Communications” that can be used as required either by the Scottish Office or more likely Westminster depts.

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  3. Agreed Mr MacKenzie. Neither is likely to be financially viable and therefore subsidised, perhaps by a kind hearted and public spirited philanthropist who believes in freedom of expression. Or, by an offshore company intent on thought control and censorship by omission.

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  4. Advertising, especially on line, is the main source of revenue, which is why so much content is what is pretty accurately defined as ‘clickbait’.

    There is, of course, a political purpose in portraying a particular paradigm as hegemonic – ‘the market knows best’, ‘Britain is great’, ‘foreigners are bad’, ‘women, know your place’, ‘there is no such thing as society’, etc. This entails, in addition to selective examples demonstrating the ‘truth’ of those paradigms, giving examples which show the ‘other’ is bad, and, more importantly ignoring any examples of other paradigms benefitting people.

    These strategies focus the attention of many people very narrowly on to the kinds of things which divert attention from other important matters.

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  5. On these newspaper front pages – and especially the one from The Herald – another thing is notable but not surprising!

    The BBC News website today has above its regular section showing front pages of newspapers in Scotland this headline: ” ‘Lockdown by stealth’ as Christmas curbs announced” – so amplifying The Herald’s headline.

    It then places The Herald’s front page as the first of the many front pages featured. Many of the others also address the new restrictions: many are neutral if not mildly ‘understanding’ in tone.

    But BBC Scotland’s editors made their choice!

    (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59661553 )

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