In less than a year Reporting Scotland has lied openly about at least school exclusions, crime gangs, obesity, infant school tests, hospital infections and violent crime


Going back to only June 2018, we can see a litany of lies from Reporting Scotland on, for example only, school exclusions, crime gangs, obesity, hospital infections and most recently on violent crime.

On June 4, 2018, I wrote on how RS were exaggerating gang violence in Scotland by failing to report on the data revealing that only a tiny proportion of the UK gangs were operating here.

How many GANGSTERS are preying on the financial fears of pensioners? BBC Scotland and Herald care not, as long as they can scare us


Also, in June, I wrote to protest their coverage of increasing rates of obesity which failed to note important recent research, revealing the forecast for Scotland to be more positive due to Scottish Government policy interventions and to point to an error suggesting that the growth in obesity was actually a growth in morbid obesity. In the case of the second part only, they apologised to me but did not publicly retract. The damage was done.

BBC Scotland on obesity: My complaint, their tiny grudging acceptance


Starting also, in the Summer of 2018, RS had devoted much time to the opposition attacks on P1 assessment. However, it was only in February 2019, that I was able to evidence the lack of substance in these attacks:

How Scotland’s media INVENTED a tear-sodden crisis of P1 assessment


In September, despite their small apology in June, they repeated the same lies and distortions on obesity:

BBC Scotland once more hide SNP Government’s policy success to create scare on obesity in women


In October, I wrote to correct errors in their statistics and to question their interpretation of research seriously exaggerating school exclusions of pupils with autism. In this case they even apologised to me but did not publicly retract and so the damage was done by then.

Is this a first? Reporting Scotland’s editor apologises fully for errors in reporting on alleged school exclusions of children with autism


In February 2019, I wrote about the misleading language used in reporting of hospital infections to suggest that these had killed when they had been at worst only contributory factors, I got another apology but, of course no public retraction and the offences continued after it.

Reporting Scotland editor apologises for Jackie Bird being wrong and ‘has a word with her’


Perhaps most visible of these lies have been those they told repeatedly about hospital infections. For a fuller account, see:

How Reporting Scotland INVENTED a crisis of infected hospitals for us


Finally, today, RS used a familiar deception, as they had done with morbid obesity, to suggest a rise in violent crime when it had actually fallen and when Police Scotland had actually headlined that it had fallen.

Now Reporting Scotland LIES about violent crime RISING when it FELL


These are, of course, only some of the detectable lies biasing their coverage. Far more influential will be their daily editorial decisions often sub-conscious, to report or to not report, as suits their Unionist agenda.

When I say ‘influential’ I mean it. Along with the unionist propaganda called ‘History’ which most of us were conditioned by in school and perhaps at university, we have been subjected to the ‘carpet bombing of our minds’, endlessly, day-after-day, with reports, both triumphalist and devious, in documentary and in drama, suggesting that Scotland is too wee, too poor or too stupid to go it alone.

In liberal democracies, this flow of ideas worms its way into the mind to produce a generalised conservatism and resignation, far more effectively than does the all-too-obvious propaganda of the totalitarian state. The people of Soviet Russia knew not to trust their media. Too many Scots still believe they can trust Aunty Beeb!

Some readers of this throbbing organ are, I know, uncomfortable with this and some have even said they do not share TuS reports because the url has ‘thoughtcontrolscotland’ in it. I understand the fear of being sniggered at and accused of being a conspiracy theorist, but I stand with the insights of Noam Chomsky and I know that Unionists have lost the argument when a cheap insult is all they have left.

Why there is thought control in liberal democratic Scotland and perhaps less in North Korea?



11 thoughts on “In less than a year Reporting Scotland has lied openly about at least school exclusions, crime gangs, obesity, infant school tests, hospital infections and violent crime

  1. tcrosbie20 February 26, 2019 / 11:51 am

    Great read prof, its as if they really don’t are anymore, it’s like there hoping that the uninformed masses don’t know any better and the hell with the rest of us. They really are a disgusting organisation.

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    • johnrobertson834 February 26, 2019 / 4:01 pm

      Yes, it was my wife who exclaimed ‘In the car I heard it was going down!’


  2. Ludo Thierry February 26, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    Wow (reaches for the sun-glasses in the glare of Jackie’s dress) – Has ubiquitous BBC QT invitee Billy Something-or-other become such a fixture at pacific Quay that he is now sharing even his wardrobe with La Bird!?

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  3. Ludo Thierry February 26, 2019 / 1:27 pm

    Noticed these extremely impressive stats on organ donation in Scotland over the past decade on today – but searched in vain for any glimmer of a mention on beeb Scotland site. Link and snippets below:

    Latest on proposed opt-out system.

    A Bill to introduce a soft opt-out system of organ and tissue donation for deceased donors will be debated in Parliament today.

    Members will be asked to agree to the general principles of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill.

    Under the proposed opt-out system, if an adult does not proactively opt in nor out of donation they may be deemed to have authorised donation for transplantation. The Bill includes safeguards to ensure that donation will not go ahead where it would be clearly against the person’s wishes.

    The opt-out system will add to the package of measures which have led to significant increases in donation and transplantation over the last decade.


    The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill amends the existing Scottish legislation that supports donation by introducing a new, additional form of authorisation called ‘deemed authorisation’. This means that donation may proceed, where a person was not known to have any objection to donation.

    Less than 1% of people die in circumstances that enable organ donation to proceed, as a potential donor usually has to be in an intensive care unit and there may be medical reasons that mean organs are unsuitable for transplantation.

    Since 2008 in Scotland there has been:
    • An 89% increase in the number of people who donated organs after their death (54 to 102 in 2017/18).
    • A 78% increase in the number of lifesaving transplant operations from deceased donors (211 to 375 in 2017/18).
    • A 22% decrease in the number of people on the active transplant waiting list (689 to 534 in 2017/18).

    Real improvements in real people’s lives over a sustained period – that never seems to fit in with beeb Scotland’s news/current affairs agenda does it?

    Liked by 3 people

  4. aaron blue February 26, 2019 / 3:25 pm

    Don’t pay the bbc tax


  5. bigjon999 February 26, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    They say a picture tells a thousand words – and the one of Jackie does indeed do just that. The look of sneering condescension on her face epitomises her attitude to anyone who tries to correct her errors (otherwise known as lies).

    Liked by 2 people

      • Robert Innes February 26, 2019 / 5:11 pm

        Yes, and so you should be. It’s magnificent.

        Liked by 1 person

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