When will people realise that the BBC is a British institution and that it can only behave accordingly. The BBC is the British state broadcasting to Scotland. It doesn't matter where its operations are located, it can never be Scottish. It can only be British and therefore it can only treat Scotland with disdain and … Continue reading Your masters’ voice
Journalists are professional communicators. They mediate messages. They are one of the main links between us and 'out there'. The world. Journalists are trained how to use language. Which starts with learning how language is used. If you are aware of the way people express their thoughts then you can describe and explain the world in terms that people will best understand. There's more to it, of course. A lot goes into a journalist's training. They have to learn about the way print, broadcast and online media function at a technical level and how they operate as businesses and how to avoid buying your round in the pub and probably a couple of other things.
I suspect I fall into the category of "non-conformist" as well as I do into the category of offended SNP voter.
Where I take issue with Shona Craven is, not in her vindication of newspapers, but when this appears to shade into a generalised defence of journalists.
During the referendum campaign, it became clear that there is a democratic deficit in terms of the Scottish media. The raison d’etre of the National is to redress the balance and cogently to argue the case for independence.
Most people don't care very much about most things. The people who try to care about everything are in institutions right beside the people who care about absolutely nothing.
I read Nicola Sturgeon's Tweet yesterday in which she wonders, with evident scepticism, whether the British media might subject Boris Johnson's position on a new independence referendum to "serious scrutiny", and into my head popped that Lerner and Loewe song from the musical My Fair Lady in which the heroine of the piece reflects wistfully … Continue reading Wishful thinking
This is jackal-journalism at its most debased. It is bullying at its most cowardly. It is vile. It is a blight on our media and our politics and our society.
A simple spelling mistake can undermine the credibility of an infographic. Credibility is a fragile thing. When somebody makes the assertion that "there are far more people in Scotland who aren’t on social media than are" they really should ensure they've got their facts right. Particularly if they are claiming to represent a group of … Continue reading Quality matters
I'm not sure what is newsworthy about a caller on a BBC programme being abysmally ignorant about and offensively condescending towards Scotland. The broadcasting arm of the British state does precisely what one would expect of it. Barbara from Wiltshire thinks and speaks exactly as one would expect of somebody whose opinions are informed entirely … Continue reading Barbara from Wiltshire says!