Scotsman and Herald give unwitting lesson on how they constructed a different reality on medical training for us
Reporters to this day love to tell us how they merely report the news, helpfully telling us what is happening out there. Most academics tell us that media representations, to a lesser or greater degree, actually construct reality for you and for people like Chomsky, that this is actually more so in liberal democracies where there is some trust for the, especially, TV presenters.
Today, both the Scotsman and the Herald reported on the same story about increasing the number of Scots-domiciled students being trained in medicine and decreasing the number from the rest of the UK. The stated aim, to retain more of the graduates in Scotland, made neither headline.
Here is the source of the story with a clear purpose stated:
To retain more doctors in NHS Scotland in the long term the SG plans to increase the number of Scots dom/EU medical students by 100 and decrease the number from the rest UK by the same, to retain an estimated 36 extra doctors per year within specialty training.
Here’s how the Scotsman headlined it:
Here’s the Herald headline for the same story:
While many headline-skimming readers will have been influenced, TuS regulars, with their post-graduate awards in Propaganda Studies were not fooled because they never read these once-throbbing organs.