Image: Not sure who did original
The original BBC image was shown for a few seconds on Friday 14th October at 6:30pm before a report from the SNP Conference. Ironically, the report was quite positive, presenting the SNP as progressive and liberal in contrast with the Tory government in London. There has been a bit of a twitterstorm and a facebookfuss about the image. To repeat the above, for some reason as yet unknown, BBC Scotland:
- Changed a colour original to a black and white image suggesting the past.
- Adapted the image to enhance a dark shadow on the upper lip suggesting Hitler’s moustache.
- Mirrored the image to make the raised hand salute look like the correct Nazi arm choice
The evidence for 3 is that you can see his wedding ring is now on the right hand when it is clear from other images that he conventionally wears it on his left.
No doubt, complainers will be characterised as paranoid and the image justified on ‘aesthetic’ grounds but the attempted subliminal message is clear to any who have studied propaganda techniques. Remember this earlier example helping to win the election for the Tories?
Image: Conservative Party/PA
The early morning broadcasts, which I am monitoring, on the 14th did not use this image and the report was favourable to the SNP. The report on the 17th did not do damage to or support any of the parties.
Running total 21/9/16 to 17/10/16* Number of reports
Bad news for SG/SNP 17
Good news for SG/SNP 8
Bad news for Labour 1
Good news for Labour 5
Bad news for Conservative Party (CP) 0
Missed bad news opportunities for CP 143 (estimate)
Good news for CP 3
* Monday to Friday only