I saw this article in the Guardian Online and thought, at last they are getting the message, they are catching on.
The gist of the article is mainly the Grenfell disaster in London and the response to the media but there is some mention of Scotland and experiences during the referendum, from the press point of view.
However the article just drips in sarcasm in that for me it scoffs at the new media and tries to blame the new media for the mainstream media’s failures, in my opinion anyway .
From the outset Andrew Harrison sets up the usual that we have come to expect. He tells us that The Canary and Evolve Politics are conspiracy news outlets, way to go, he goes on to say that the media’s failure to predict Trump and hold someone to account for the fire has resulted in confidence in the media taking a battering to the extent that only 24% of people now trust the media, I’m surprised it’s that high. Where has this guy been, Mars. Confidence in the media eroded years ago and only the hacks defend the hacks as we have seen recently in Scotland.
We also get a quote from Nick Robinson regarding his somewhat embarrassing incident with the truth:
“I don’t think my offence was sufficient to justify 4,000 [most estimates said 1,000] people marching on the BBC’s headquarters so that young men and women who are new to journalism have, like they do in Putin’s Russia, to fight their way through crowds of protesters, frightened as to how they do their jobs,”. Robinson even had the gall to blame Alex Salmond for his own lies “Alex Salmond was using me as a symbol of the wicked, metropolitan, Westminster classes sent from London in order to tell the Scots what they ought to do.” Really.
Andrew goes on to defend Laura Kuenssberg when he says “Kuenssberg became a lightning rod for the new left’s dissatisfactions, the target of a petition demanding that she be sacked and for routine, vitriolic accusations of bias towards the government. Instances that did not fit the narrative”. No mention of the fact that Laura Kuenssberg was found by the BBC Trust to have been inaccurate about a story regarding Jeremy Corbyn (the rest of us call them lies but not the BBC). Hack protecting hack.
Andrew also goes on to quote Mark Wallace of Conservative Home (unbiased of course) “The traditional flaws we see in the BBC might not come from intentional bias but an assumption that they are the sensible centre-ground, so how could anyone possibly disagree with them?” Bite me, anyone with a fair mind who has seen any of BBC Scotland News coverage or watched an episode of Question Time from Scotland knows that is bollocks.
My heart bleeds, no mention of the fact that Nick Robinson lied regarding an answer from First Minister Alex Salmond on national tv during the referendum, no apology to the people who pay for the BBC for years and years of worse propaganda than even Russia, no its all the fault of cybernats (yoon is offensive but cybernat not) turning Scotland into Russia.
Where do these people get off. They just don’t get it.
We would all love to have a media with integrity and principle, but we don’t. We would love to have journalists who stand up for truth and balance in the mainstream, but we don’t. We have a mainstream media that is not held to account at all because they are a law unto themselves. The status quo suits them and their employers so they will defend it to the end, to hell with balance and truth.
Impartiality ended a long time ago, you just have to watch or listen to anything on BBC Scotland News to see that. As recently as yesterday it was all Michelle Thomson demands apology from SNP, no mention of her criticism of the media, where is the honesty there. New media like The Canary and blogs are not perfect, will make mistakes and get things wrong. The difference is that if I blog something inaccurate by all means correct me, I make an effort to research my blogs and I try as best I can to double check any sources I use and most of the blogs etc I read do the same. If only the mainstream media would do the same, don’t believe me then check out a series of coincidences and the King of Irony on Wings Over Scotland to see exactly what I mean.