Some facts re Cambridge Analytica:
- An external consultant for the SNP had one meeting concluding they were a bunch of cowboys and rejected them
- The Conservative party had meetings with them in 2016
- Several major Conservative party donors have invested in them
- SCL, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, has been run by a chairman of the Oxford Conservative Association
There’s no story here with regard to the SNP but there’s a real opportunity for investigative journalism if any of the current crop had the balls to pursue the Tories. They haven’t. Instead they’ve gone for their preferred target, the SNP, and in a show of end-of-times churnalism, produced these headlines:
Scotsman: ‘SNP accused of hypocrisy over links to Cambridge Analytica’
Herald: ‘SNP accused of hypocrisy after failing to disclose meeting with Cambridge Analytica’ AND ‘Blunder by SNP HQ adds to tensions with MPs’.
So, an exploratory meeting by an external consultant leading to a quick negative assessment is somehow a blunder and hypocrisy? It’s clear where those words would be better applied.
BBC went with Cambridge Analytica ‘met SNP’ to pitch services – BBC News ‘cleverly’ using speech marks to distance themselves from complaints.
Worst of all, as you might expect, the ‘Scottish’ Daily Mail attacked blindly with ‘SNP must come clean on its data talks.’ AND ‘EXPOSED: SNP’s SECRET LINK TO DATA ROW FIRM.’
Here’s the correct headline:
‘SNP has never worked with Cambridge Analytica.’
Sorry, the ‘editor’ doesn’t like it.
I’m getting the hang of these speech marks.
Off-topic Footnote: The National’s pet right-winger, Michael Fry, supports the missile attacks on Syria. I haven’t bought one for some time, but I won’t be buying one again.