BBC Scotland ‘doctor’ a John Swinney image to make him look like Hitler: Subliminal messages?

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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:

  1. Changed a colour original to a black and white image suggesting the past.
  2. Adapted the image to enhance a dark shadow on the upper lip suggesting Hitler’s moustache.
  3. 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?

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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:

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

 

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9 thoughts on “BBC Scotland ‘doctor’ a John Swinney image to make him look like Hitler: Subliminal messages?

  1. jdman October 18, 2016 / 9:21 am

    OK OK I admit it, I was wrong
    I just didnt think it was worth giving them a chuckle by making something of this,
    but I accept subliminal messaging is a powerful tool.

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      • Clydebuilt October 18, 2016 / 2:02 pm

        We can take a positive from this…….. It’s an example of BBC trickery that’s easy to get over to our target voters …… They don’t have to read anything complicated ……everyone can understand a picture…… Good one …….get it shared

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    • johnrobertson834 October 19, 2016 / 5:10 am

      I see he deleted it quickly. Surely doesn’t think he has a future. Minister for Youth Policies?

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  2. johnrobertson834 October 18, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Complaint submitted:
    Complaint title
    Use of ‘doctored’ image of SNP politician
    Complaint description
    The opening background image of John Swinney was shown for a few seconds on Friday 14th October at 6:30pm before a report from the SNP Conference. For some reason as yet unknown, BBC Scotland: 1. Changed a colour original to a black and white image suggesting the past. 2. Adapted the image to enhance a dark shadow on the upper lip suggesting Hitler’s moustache. 3. 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. What good reasons were there for the above actions? Many commentators on social media have expressed anger at what can be seen as a subliminal message designed to undermine the SNP.

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  3. johnrobertson834 October 19, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    The response: Dear Professor Robertson

    Reference CAS-4054647-DFMGL3

    Thank you for getting in touch regarding Reporting Scotland on 14 October 2016 at 6.30pm.

    Please be assured that the way the image was used was simply for stylistic reasons for television viewing, and your claims are completely unfounded.

    Thank you, once again, for taking the time to contact us.

    Kind regards

    Stuart Webb

    BBC Complaints Team

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  4. johnrobertson834 October 20, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Oh, what a tangled Webb we weave
    When first we practise to deceive?

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  5. johnrobertson834 October 22, 2016 / 10:24 am

    And you cant reply directly to Mr Web. You have to go through the whole make a complaint rigmarole.

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