Both the Independent and the Irish Times had the same headline. Several other news outlets had very similar headlines. None seemed to see just how funny this would be to many Scottish readers.
Looking first at ‘fake news’, most Yes supporters would see BBC Scotland to be better equipped to generate fake news than to identify it elsewhere. Their endless propagandising with a view to undermining the SNP and the wider independence movement is well documented in Indyref2, Wings over Scotland and in my own research.
In 2015, I reported on a survey into their coverage of Scottish politics in the four months before the UK General Election. I concluded:
‘BBC Reporting Scotland’s performance has been similar to that in the approaches to the Scottish Referendum – biased, irresponsible and, in the end, counter-productive judging by the opinion polls. The repetitive use of exaggeration, the frequent adoption of tabloid headlines to unsettle older voters, the use of either flawed or misunderstood research reports to misinform voters and, worst of all, the potential exacerbation of ethnic tensions via taxpayer funded research aimed at promoting unionism, suggest an organisation beyond simple dysfunctionality and, at certain levels, mephitic.’
The full 30-page report is at:
One year later, in 2016, a BBC Trust report was described in the Guardian as:
‘BBC audience study shows Scottish viewers are most critical of all’
So, we know that because of the fake news they produce themselves, they’re not trusted, and their viewing figures are probably falling fast, especially as they won’t release them.
As for ‘bringing the nation together’, just what ‘nation’ are we talking of here? I guess they mean ‘Great Britain’. Also, isn’t that just what they’ve been trying to do, since at least 2012, as they began their disgraceful campaign of lies and distortions aimed at scaring their viewers into believing we’re ‘better together’?