Scotsman and Herald give unwitting lesson on how they constructed a different reality on medical training for us

Scotsman and Herald give unwitting lesson on how they constructed a different reality on medical training for us

(c) Mendelay

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.



6 thoughts on “Scotsman and Herald give unwitting lesson on how they constructed a different reality on medical training for us

  1. gavin July 2, 2019 / 7:29 am

    “Jockney Jo” Swinson is right (who has ever read that before?).

    These headlines are redolent of nationalist distorting of our politics. British nationalism, that is!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Bugger le Panda July 2, 2019 / 8:11 am

    I reckon Swinson is an asset as was Darling, Murphy and others as yet still cloaked.

    Too many things seem to happen too easily for her.

    Almost as if she had a divine guiding han

    Liked by 1 person

    • gavin July 2, 2019 / 11:13 am

      “Divine guiding hand”.

      “Look to the horizon, Grasshopper. Karma is the great leveller, and will not be denied by the frantic fantasies proclaimed by the BEEB, Hootsman or Herod……. As the Great Wheel turns, Jockney Jo and Parachute Ruth will receive their due fate…….. The gutter awaits”!

      Liked by 2 people

  3. johnrobertson834 July 2, 2019 / 5:23 pm

    Malcolm Chisholm

    10h10 hours ago
    More Malcolm Chisholm Retweeted The Scotsman
    Big outcry about this from some people this morning but Calman report on Medical Workforce to Scottish Executive in 2004 also recommended increasing proportion of Scottish domiciled medical students since evidence clear they were far more likely to remain working in Scottish NHS.


    • gavin July 2, 2019 / 5:51 pm

      Malcolm Chisholm stated the other day that independence could become inevitable, and that he could vote for it. The determining factor being continued Tory rule from London.

      Labour have blown their chances with their lack of a focus on Brexit. And the media have it in for them.
      Boris PM? The future is extremely difficult to read, but would Tories bring him down and bring forth an election? If they did, he could then form a coalition with Farage, who looks on course to win big down south.
      Really, no matter what becomes of Corbyn, Labour are spit on ideological grounds from top to bottom, and appear unsuited for government for years to come.
      Independence seems certain, and for all the justified criticism of Sturgeon, the longer this shambles goes on, the more certain we will win..


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s