Actions speak louder than words, or to put it another way, by your deeds so shall ye be known. Or for that matter what you do not do which you should do!
Yesterday I highlighted the study done by the University of the West of Scotland which proved conclusively that there has been extensive broadcasting bias by the BBC and STV against Scottish Independence in their news reporting.
So I tuned in last night to see if either or both BBC and/or STV would report this very newsworthy story in their evening news. Not at all surprisingly there was not a single mention of the study, indeed BBC Reporting Scotland went all out to prove the study absolutely correct, by reporting 3 news items which could be construed as being negative towards Scotland. Once more, as highlighted in the university study they launched an attack on the subject of health, their second most favoured anti independence topic next to the economy. They have as the study shows, been hammering away at the Scottish NHS for over a year now, and they did not disappoint this time either, wheeling out their health correspondent Eleanor Bradford to allege that Scots are getting a raw deal on our NHS in comparison to England. These attacks has been standard practice by the BBC in both Scotland and in the rest of the UK for some time now. In England the attacks on their NHS have been in support of belittling its effectiveness in order to enable the British government to find excuse to privatise the English and Welsh NHS by the back door.
In Scotland it has another function added, that which can be used to try and shake confidence in the Scottish governments handling of health issues, where we actually have a much healthier Independent NHS than our counterparts south of the border.
As for reporting the extremely newsworthy study on broadcast bias? Not a chance!
I checked to see whether STVs late programme Scotland Tonight would cover it, but no thye were more interested in how Rabbie Burns would have voted on Scottish Independence. Then I checked BBC Scotlands Newsnight programme….ach dont be silly, not a chance!
I in response to Newsnights and ScotNights twitter statements on the evening programmes, and also in response to the STV News account, pressed them all to make a statement on the study, and asked if they had any intention of covering it all? The response from all of them? A big fat Nothing!
So it can safely be said that neither BBC nor STV intend to report it, and they sure as hell dont want to respond to questions on it in any way whatsoever, they will simply act as if it has never existed, and do that ostrich like manoeuvre which they are so fond of doing when there is something positive to be said about Scotland, or conversely where there is some thing harmful to them or to the union. Bury It!
Its not as if they dont like university studies or academic reports, they do, but only the ones which hold to their line. this morning there was another example of that when BBC Scotland news reported as their first item an academic study by Stirling university which suggested that an independent scotland could not do much about dealing with the massive wealth disparity between the rich and the poor. Thats their kind of report, not the sort of report which actually shows them upo to be the unionist propagandists that they and the the rest of the media are!
By your deeds so shall you be known….. well folks it is time to spread far and wide to everyone you know the reality of broadcasting bias which attempts to undermine our democratic rights, so get the news of this study out, on foot, by email, by social media, in the pubs and clubs… The people of Scotland deserve to know how they are being treated and misinformed by our broadcasters. Dont let them away with it!