For an introduction to this series of media-monitoring reports, see:
There were five reports covered with, typically, four in each insert. Coding from the table is in parentheses:
First, we heard of a BBC investigation which found that men outnumber women among the ranks of Scotland’s top-earning senior doctors. Though no direct accusation of failure was levelled, this report contributes to a negative image of both NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government (1, 6).
Second, was a report on the pardon for gay men convicted of sexual offences which are no longer a crime. Film of the First minister making the apology was included. This can be reasonably seen as positive for the Scottish government’s image (1).
Third, the Scottish government’s fund of £250 000, for farmers affected by recent severe weather, was reported with no criticism (1).
Fourth was the report of a Scottish Sikh arrested in India and fifth was a report of the QE2 opening as a tourist attraction. The latter only appeared once. Neither have bene coded.
Reports from 16/4 to 18/4/18 Total (previous)
- Positive news for SNP / Scottish Government 4 (2)
- Negative news for SNP / Scottish Government 3 (2)
- Positive news for Scottish economy 0 (0)
- Negative news for Scottish economy 0 (1)
- Positive news for Scottish health services 0 (0)
- Negative news for Scottish health services 1 (3)
- Other positive news for Scotland 0 (0)
- Other negative news for Scotland 0 (3)
- Use of reliable sources 0 (1)
- Use of unreliable sources 0 (3)
- Reliance on outdated GDP or other productivity figures 0 (2)
Few signs of anything nightmare-inducing, I know, but, perhaps, this will enable me to gather a body of data which I can compare with what happens once a date for a second referendum is announced.