Police Scotland’s new chief constable said today of the national service’s performance:
‘That approach has brought benefits. For example, we can now say with certainty that every homicide in Scotland is dealt with to the highest possible standard. Every domestic abuse case is treated in the same way regardless of where the victim lives.’
These are important, newsworthy achievements which BBC Scotland mention only in passing at the end of the website report and not at all in the broadcast. Instead BBC Scotland essentially lie with a headline twisted from the chief constable’s words:
‘Police chief admits mistakes made in setting up national force’
What he actually said was:
‘I acknowledge that we didn’t get everything right at the outset of Police Scotland.’
The word ‘mistakes’ was not used. Now some might argue that they’re saying the same thing but the decision to drop the actual words, insisting by implication that the majority was correctly done, to a new phrase leaving out that implication for an open-ended possibility of only mistakes is to shift the meaning, for no good reason, to suit a particular agenda, that of failure by Police Scotland and, by association, the Scottish Government.