Not from where I’m standing and I would imagine 45% of Scots.
“When trusted and credible news sources decline, we can become vulnerable to news which is untrustworthy.”
So said Theresa May last week and reported by Politics U.K. in their article by Rob Cox. The article is mainly about local newspapers but I suspect Rob has never been in Scotland and say read a Dundee Courier or looked at the local BBC content online.
If British democracy is at risk then it is down to vested interests, the politicians who are tramping all over freedom of speech and the so called journalists who write the pish we are fed daily.
The fact that semi educated people like me have to blog what they feel are the real issues says it all. The mainstream media, both local and national, have failed most of us on both sides. Their lies and distortions, their gutter press headlines and failure to retract, their lack of moral fibre have resulted in a democracy for the few and intellectual servitude for the masses.
When the Tories hold meetings which imply the government will support print media
we know that the days of an honest and true free press died a long time ago. We hear so much about fake news, politicians are even holding committees about it, about online social media, but are not looking at the real purveyors of fake news, the newspapers and the BBC.
Even the so called intellectual left like Mike Small at Bella Caledonia are attacking blogs when they talk about:
In Scotland we have a one dimensional critique of the media; we talk about it being “unionist,” and we constantly go on about the bias in the BBC and in the media and it being unionist. Of course it is unionist. That is its role and its purpose, but it is also structurally misogynist and corporate. It represents corporate interests, and we need to go beyond this one dimensional analysis of our media. But more than that, it is infantilist; it treats us as children. ( Random Public Journal )
No I don’t need to go beyond my one dimensional analysis, you see I live in the real world and my head is not stuck up my arse. I live in a world that sees people go hungry, a world that punishes the poor for being poor and a shit media that spends more words on a minor insignificant Royal Wedding on the same day as the FA Cup Final rather than the horrible nightmare that is the Tories, I didn’t do this, the media did and do.
So forgive me for not giving a shit if the mainstream media dies a death locally and nationally, forgive me if I don’t give a shit what the so called intelligent left think of wee ignorant blogs like mine because you see, as far as I’m concerned, I’m not the problem.
Blogs like Munquins New Republic, Wings Over Scotland, No to Yes, Scotland 2018 are not the problem, they are the answer. No the problem is the media itself, their failure to hold the politicians and vested interests to account. The problem is the platform given to the likes of Andrew Marr and Andrew Neil, the platform given to UKip and the failure to challenge the Tories not support them, the problem is people like Ruth Davidson deciding what the news is.
If local newspapers die democracy will stay as it is, the agenda will still be driven by those with the most to keep those with the least ignorant. It’s partly why barely 65% of people bother to vote. When all you report is what the few tell you to report is it any wonder you end up with an ill informed and somewhat brain dead electorate who don’t bother to vote because they don’t know what the truth is, that’s not my fault or your fault. It’s the presses fault, it’s the news on the BBC fault, it’s the politicians fault, it’s the so called intellectuals fault for implying that the dirty unwashed in blogs sphere are ignorant, stupid and childish.
I just don’t care if the papers die, let them, they made their bed pandering to the few and the ignorant right wing in this country or the ultra yoons, you won’t be missed.