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.
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.
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:
In September, despite their small apology in June, they repeated the same lies and distortions on obesity:
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.
Perhaps most visible of these lies have been those they told repeatedly about hospital infections. For a fuller account, see:
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.
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.