This morning witnessed several news stories, each questioning independence, given prominence by the BBC in Scotland.  A weekend story based on yet another ‘uncertainty’ announcement from an investment compay accompanied yet another report issued by the CPPR.
Wedged between both items, both which served to create a very clear anti-independence narrative on BBC Scotland news, was another report based on further claims of uncertainty from a body called the UK Chamber of Shipping.

Unreported, aside from a brief mention in an interview with Nicola Sturgeon in which the Deputy First Minister was forced to respond to the latest wave of spurious claims, was an announcement of a new written constitution for Scotland.

In terms of news value, the constitution beat the others hands down – claims of ‘uncertainty’ are hardly headline news grabbers these days and are now appearing almost routinely.  Similarly, attacks on the Scottish Government by the CPPR are unsurprising and have been a regular feature of BBC Scotland referendum coverage since 2011.

Perhaps the best graphic demonstration of just how blatantly BBC Scotland manipulates the news agenda in order to benefit the No campaign can be seen in these two snapshots of its online news website this morning.  The image below shows the very clear priority afforded a story that benefited the anti-independence campaign and the lowering of the constitutional story to even less importance than a story abour cows and the internet [click to enlarge].

Within two hours of appearing, Nicola Sturgeon’s speech on a new written constitution goes from first on the main news page to fourth.  One hour later and it moves even lower, sitting below a dog attack on a man.  Five hours later, just before midday and the constitution item had dropped further, down to tenth place.

Notwithstanding the dreadful attack on the man at the hands of the dog, are cows giving milk and dogs biting people really more important than a new written constitution for an independent Scotland?  According to BBC Scotland the answer would appear to be yes.



2014-03-24 11:30

I watched an interview between Andrew Marr and Noam Chomsky on media propaganda techniques, where Marr was tied in knots, Chomsky demolishing the idea of impartiality in the press and TV, he included the UK.
RT did a story particularly on the BBC,where people in Syria refused interviews because of the misreporting, and showed set ups that gave a completely false picture of what was happening.
So not in the least surprised by these story, but the BBC can blank any complaints.
There was a move to decriminalise the non payment of the Licence, but can’t see that happening any time soon.
2014-03-24 12:30

Scotland’s future reduced to the level of an advertisement placed on Gumtree. Thank goodness that the majority of the Scottish population are wise enough to see through this blatant manipulation. The MSM have truly raised “sh-tting in your own nest” to an art form for which it will certainly pay a heavy price in the fullness of time.
2014-03-24 13:50

177 days left to be smug BBC.

Make the most of it. You will then become the actual irrelevance which you already deserve to be now.

What are you going to call yourselves? Or will you just insist ‘the’ BBC becomes ‘a’ BBC?

Frankly, I couldn’t care less.
Dundonian West
2014-03-24 14:41

TODAY.’Media Lens’ takes a look at BBC Scotland.
It concludes:
“The goal of Media Lens is to promote rationality, compassion and respect for others. If you do write to journalists, we strongly urge you to maintain a polite, non-aggressive and non-abusive tone.”…/…
2014-03-24 17:23

Wow, that article is pretty good!

If you don’t mind, can I perhaps tweak your comment DW? When I first read it, I thought oh no! Media Lens was concluding its analysis with criticism of cybernats.

No! No! No!

Check it out people, it is a great article and very critical of the BBC stonewalling and their gang of four. Good stuff!

2014-03-24 14:52

No mention of the constitution item on today’s lunchtime Reporting Scotland from the BBC.
Lots of time spent on the ‘cow item’ and a ‘comedian item’- and of course the attack from CPPR was reported.

BTW who funds CPPR research?

[Admin – We asked the CPPR this very question months ago and they refused to respond.]
2014-03-26 01:53

BTW who funds CPPR research?

[Admin – We asked the CPPR this very question months ago and they refused to respond.]

Centre for Public Policy for Regions (CPPR)

It is closely involved with corporate lobby groups, producing regular surveys for the Scottish Chambers of Commerce. The main backer is,”The Fraser of Allander Institute”.

The Institute’s Policy Director, Brian Ashcroft is married to Wendy Alexander the X Labour MSP and former minister in the Scottish Executive,

The track record of the Fraser of Allander Institute shows that their economic analysis has been used to promote a particular economic ideology, namely market and neo-liberal economics that many argue is not in the interests of the vast majority of the Scottish people.
2014-03-27 01:49

Sadly these cows and dogs stories – not to mention murder and mayhem have been receiving greater and greater prominence since the Referendum was announced.

The 4pm – 6pm Radio Scotland current affairs program has been deteriorating rapidly as well especially over the past 12 to 18 months. I’ve noticed they will discuss anything but the constitution – unless there is a major negative story for them to punt in which case its on a loop during the 2 hours. But I repeat, us simply talking about it is quite clearly getting nothing done.

Direct action that will make headlines round the world is required to bring the BBC to heel, nothing else matters.

We could easily lose this referendum and if we do it will be down to our lack of action over the BBC.

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