For some time, I’ve looked for more signs of the SNP Government standing up to and correcting more often, the appalling standards of journalism displayed across the media in Scotland.
More recently, beginning I think, with then Health Secretary, Jeanne Freeman and now even the FM telling a reporter how plain daft his question is, there have been a few polite but firm rebuttals. Across social media, we now see Jason Leitch and others correcting errors quite often.
They clearly don’t like it put up to them and the doughty, doughy (?) Neil Mackay has ridden to their rescue.
Does anyone hate Mackay, in particular? Is he prone to writing infuriatingly inaccurate scare stories which anyone in their right mind might hate? Well, of course he has. It’s what he does. Here are a few recent ones:
Read more at: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/?s=Mackay
And journalists generally, are they much trusted? From Ipsos MORI in 2020:
TV newsreaders despite often being former newspaper journalists have long been trusted more but, even across the UK, that is in steep decline.
As for folk like Mackay:
Below estate agents? That’s rough.
Readers will note the showing for profs like me though I’d like to challenge the truthiness of engineers working for the big corporations or a few old white male privately educated judges.