For one moment in time…just a moment…let me put myself into the shoes of BBC’s News Editors in Scotland.
What is that makes them happy, and what is it which upsets them, and what do they ignore?
If good news for Scotland is announced the BBC will either ignore it…report it with a negative tag line, or they will slip it into a ten second slot later in their flagship programme Reporting Scotland, while having acres of space talking about Pandas or such like.
While we see much more of this behaviour in Scotland since the Independence issue has risen to the top of the pile, their reporting in London can sometimes be misleading too on English matters, so we are not quite entirely alone in being the recipients of their behaviour, we just get the most of their dishonest reporting by the length of Sauchiehall street.
Let me give an example from the National 6 0’clock News from a while back.
They deigned to allow some of the fringe contestants in the London Mayors race a minimum of airtime. These contestants from the Lib Dems, the Greens and UKIP, were all interviewed seemingly on Westminster Bridge in real time.
There was nothing of any controversy in the conducting of these short interviews….But I spotted something else
These candidates were seemingly interviewed on Westminster Bridge at various locations on it. The content of their interview and the camera shots of them speaking were all in perfect order….But what did I spy in the rest of their shots?
The people walking on the bridge were all travelling faster than Olympic runners, and the traffic on the bridge at each location on it was breaking the speed limit and threatening the sound barrier!
A small thing I know…but dishonest!
It is obvious to me that the viewer was being misled, these interviews were not taken on Westminster bridge at all, or if they were not at the same time as the rest of the footage.
Of course we see BBC Scotland at this sort of nonsense on a regular basis…particularly when reporting serious statements in Holyrood.
If someone is making a serious or concerning statement, they will immediately cut to a shot of the First Minister chuckling at it..the impression being that he is not taking it seriously..when in fact if you have been daft enough to watch Holyrood in real time, that shot of the first ministers reaction will have been to something else entirely!
Images impact faster and more permanently than words, and the BBC are masters of news manipulation in this sense. In effect, far from reporting honestly, they report dishonestly.
And as WoS picked up on yet again today.. they are it even more on their website, today comparing the Better Together Campaign as being supported by politicians and Ordinary Folks! while the Yes Campaign is seemingly supported by a rather diverse bunch of strange folks and film stars who don’t live here!
Often they report a factually incorrect story, and run with it, on their radio shows and on their website.
The website then changes later after they have found themselves caught out, but they never Ever admit it!
The have achieved their purpose, so any later corrections are irrelevant. The audience they wanted has been reached and the misinformation spread.
Thank goodness we don’t depend on them for news eh??