I have talked before about my decision to stop buying newspapers in previous blogs. The only paper I bought, once or twice a week, was The National published by Newsquest who also own The Herald, The Sunday Herald and The Glasgow Evening Times in Scotland.
I stopped buying The National as I felt it was taking a softer stance on independence, nothing concrete just a subtle shift, plus I wasn’t overly impressed with some of the contributions in it as a lot of the information was available on-line via blogs etc. The other concerns I had were that it felt like Newsquest were playing both sides of the fence, are playing the YES side for profit. I was concerned that a newspaper group that published The Herald, a truly awful paper and no friend of fair journalism in my opinion, are maybe also influencing the debate (editorially) away from the YES movement and being pro union in very subtle ways within The National.
I don’t have any evidence for this other than gut feeling and this is why I am writing this blog. Some prominent blogs like Scoop It appear to support The National, Lesley Riddoch (who I find very fair overall) writes for The National, George Kerevan, Pat Kane also so I am starting to think maybe I am wrong on this one.
The National is all that the YES side has within the mainstream media. Of course we have Wings, Munguin’s, Scot Goes Pop, Derek Bateman, Newsnet, Bella (to a lesser degree) etc to fight our cause but it’s very hard for those sites and blogs to reach the masses who don’t access social media or use the net and many people don’t.
So here is a question for any of you who read The National and come across my blog, what do you think? Is The National a truly independence supporting newspaper? Do you think that it is influenced by the unionist media? Can it be trusted to represent some of what we on the YES side are looking for?
I’m not saying I am thinking of buying The National again but I am worried that Better Together is ramping it up in the press, Theresa May is starting to get reported a lot in the press on issues in Scotland with zero analysis of what she is saying, Ruth Davidson has a fan club within the press but we only have a strong online presence and is that enough.
Let me know what you think if you have the time, I am definitely interested in others thoughts on this one, as I am on all my blogs but I am really interested to know if we should be supporting The National.