A survey completed after the referendum projected approximately 25% of those who voted , “No” did so in consequence of the extensive psychological brainwashing by heavily biased anti-independence media propaganda. The mainstream media outlet in Scotland, the BBC was singled out as being the most influential broadcaster. It follows therefore that a balanced media would have undoubtedly resulted in a massive, “Yes” vote. In any future referendum the, “Yes” side would be well advised to have in place robust systems designed to ensure a balanced media.
A Labour Party pedigree seems to be a predominant requirement within the BBC Scotland senior management team and a number of line managers and reporters, likely through nepotism and needs to be cleared out so that the organization fulfills it’s remit, to be accountable to the Scottish public. The organization also needs to be formally separated from London so that it can be truly independent. An over reaching Scottish body could be appointed, including members of the public.
Mainstream newspapers present an on-going problem going forward since they are owned by individuals, organizations outwith Scotland with result that editorial control is primarily unfairly biased against an independent Scotland. If only the, “Sun” could be persuaded to support independence next time ?? We live in hope.
Gaining inspiration from the enthusiasm of, Yes” campaigners a record of their, “anti-bias” march on the BBC Headquarters in Glasgow is attached. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttDkVoTYpLA#t=18
Examples of Blatant BBC Scotland Anti-Referendum Reporting Bias
12 January 2012: Entirely one sided report broadcast by British Forces Broadcasting Service, (BFBS) and this before any referendum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fXpq9V41Iw
24 January 2012: The BBC are anti Scotland and the Scottish government should be taking legal action against the BBC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmdRnb3Ic7M
24 January 2012: Paxman out of touch with constitutional realities. As Mark Hennessy of the ‘Irish Times’ dryly observes “Most people watching that interview with Jeremy Paxman – I’m sure Alex Salmond would be very, very glad if he was to get more interviews like that by English presenters. It’s certainly the picture of the patronizing Englishman, and that’s going. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akfN7bO_2Bc
28 January 2012: A few good reasons for Scotland to be independent of Westminster rule. Powerful expose of Westminster abuse of power https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu-ttEDxgNs
9 February 2012: Patten meets Alex Salmond in BBC bias row. But the apology from BBC Reporting Scotland is still outstanding after they were censured by the BBC Trust and Patten has moved on. Evidently the BBC Scotland bias is Labour inspired. whilst in England the Tory Party reigns supreme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUKMD0LDWWA
3 April 2012 BBC report – Stephanie Flanders flawed and biased analysis on the drivers behind Scotland’s independence referendum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-5R5lYv9yY
14 April 2012: This provides explanation as to the BBC Scotland bias against Independence. BBC Scotland has decided to correct the errors contained in an online article it published on Saturday, fully two days after one of the most blatant pieces of politically motivated articles ever published by the state broadcaster appeared as the number one story in Scotland, the corporation quietly removed the offending fiction and replaced it with fact. Comment on how the BBC used headlines claiming the Deputy F.M made statements when she did not say anything that the headlines claimed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY4P9pTdw4o
30 April 2012: Fantastic. I can verify BBC bias very clearly. Being a Yes supporter and following several of the movements happening around that, and seeing how popular they have become, with events on EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK attracting a fair number of people… The BBC has completely ignored them. Debate meetings happening with the No side pulling out at the last minute, and very little of a No grassroots movement to speak of. This instant a supposed grassroots movement for No came about, Vote No Borders, funded by a wealthy Tory backer and investment banker, the BBC had a report all set to go, which didn’t even ask how a brand new grassroots movement could have made £150,000 in money on the same day as launching its website… Just complete propaganda machine I’m afraid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG3XtCmqI64
14 Jun 2012: First Minister Alex Salmond is about to expose the Scottish Labour party’s hypocrisy over modern apprenticeships, when the live broadcast is inexplicably cut short by BBC Scotland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57-0Or67iiw
20 October 2012: SNP party leader Alex Salmond gets a difficult interview with Andrew Neil on the future of Scotland, with respect to the proposed referendum on Scottish independence from the UK, or more specifically to Alexa Salmond, independence from Westminster! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q42xOo7HiCE
29 October 2013: BBC collude with Better Together presenting a clearly staged video report outside the local Scotmid. All involved were Better Together agents, some pretending to be members of the public for the benefit of the camera’s. http://wingsoverscotland.com/identity-parade/#more-43333 Check out Blair Henry and his photographic links to the Scotmid store used as background in the video.
22 January 2014: There are continual concerns at the running of the news operation which have now reached London but which simply don’t move Kenny McQuarrie whose job it is to guarantee an impartial and accurate news service without which there will be no BBC Scotland. It is the basis of the whole organization. http://derekbateman.co.uk/2014/01/22/breaking-newsbbc-threatens-academic/
23 January 2014: BBC threatens academic – demands ‘raw data’ for study http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/01/23/ho-ho-bbc-threatens-academic-demands-raw-data-for-study/
29 January 2014: The campaign to stop Scottish independence ! Spying & underhanded tactics to discredit the SNP !
30 January 2014: Professor Tom Devine gets angry. The BBC is a disgrace and an national humiliation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13ijdX51luI
13 February 2014: Question Time. Totally unbalanced discussion all anti Scot. Both Ireland and Australia used the pound after independence from Britain for a transitional period so why cant Scotland? The truth is they can but Westminster is using this as an opportunity to scare Scots into voting their way. They are making a big mistake and will pay for treating Scots like fools. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qYhgoQw8AQ
11 March 2014: They didn’t want Scotland to know. The BBC executives were terribly sure about many things but didn’t seem to know much about this item. It’s almost impossible to believe that a directive has not been given to hide good news stories and emphasis bad news stories. If we lose the referendum on this basis, there is going to be so much hate about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7a3apRD-ymk
11 March 2014: BBC bias on different ‘news /factual’ programmes standard answer followed by a rejection of the claim. Sure Nicky Clark is a political expert and his opinion was of such gravitas it could go without a chance to allow a differing opinion. Absolutely rotten to the core, no confidence in the BBC who will lose a potential £300million in license fee subscription. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmuoZVJTc-Y
11 March 2014: The BBC is a UK Government publicly funded propaganda channel. Over the past few months there has been gross bias toward the Better Together No camp. It could also be described in other ways like though control or censorship through giving a very disproportionate amount of time to that pseudo Scotsman Alistair Darling, who is actually English and a millionaire. He can insult with total immunity, calling Yes voters Nazi’s and making really distasteful allegations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkHURxtyH14
24 March 2014: In this two part series, G.A.Ponsonby presents evidence strongly suggesting the BBC’s coverage of Scottish politics and the referendum is being manipulated in order to present the Scottish Government and SNP in the worst possible light. http://www.newsnetscotland.scot/index.php/affairs-scotland/8932-the-dirty-dozen-the-case-against-bbc-scotland-part-1 http://www.newsnetscotland.scot/index.php/affairs-scotland/9619-the-dirty-dozen-the-case-against-bbc-scotland-part-2
1 May 2014: Despite attacks by pro-Union politicians over remarks made by Alex Salmond about President Putin dominating BBC news, the BBC edited this important response from Mr Salmond OUT of its news bulletins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwsPTmLcAp4
11 May 2014: The BBC is the propaganda wing of the government. There’s no direct collusion which gives a sense of impartiality but there’s tacit acceptance in the BBC from the top down that they are that propaganda wing. Now, regardless of which political party is in power, the BBC does sway the stories the way that party wants them presented with a modicum of criticism of that party’s perspective, but the criticisms are wholly inadequate, almost intentionally so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqoIZxfT398
2 June 2014: Crisis-Hit BBC Scotland Faces Summer Of Disruption Amid Claims Of Bias. http://en.ria.ru/world/20140602/190304868/Crisis-Hit-BBC-Scotland-Faces-Summer-Of-Disruption-Amid-Claims.html
7 July 2014: UK forever! BBC report portrays Scot’s as drooling at the mouth over the prospect of the UK spitting up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ccUeLI2SEw
8 July 2014: Abuse of the armed forces of Scotland by Westminster. All members of the forces sent letter instructing them to vote, “No”. They will stop at nothing to keep Scotland shackled and treated with contempt. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PfP7u-QGRo
16 July 2014: Reporting Scotland broadcasts false claims from No campaign. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhpAZ_iJ_mI
8 August 2014: Dan Snow, son of Peter Snow, husband of Lady Edwina Grosvenor (daughter of Duke of Westminster), great-great grandson of David Lloyd George, Oxford and Balliol, embedded in the British Establishment, mounts a campaign to get 200 rich celebrity pals to engage in nauseating sycophancy to keep Scots from voting to leave the UK that has done so well by Dan and his rich friends. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uz0TsfjFOY
8 August 2014: An exclusive look into mainstream media bias and the techniques they use to influence the independence debate. ‘The Bigger The Lie’ focuses on the significant research of Professor John Robertson into media bias during the Scottish Independence Referendum. The film covers Professor Robertson’s meticulous approach to the research and the subsequent fall out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajd4R-9BEIw
8 August 2014: Unadulterated BBC bias in sickeningly sycophantic Radio 4 profile of ‘independent’ Treasury Head Sir Nicholas Macpherson – politically partial, empire devotee, vested interests, Eton-educated, 30,0000 acre estate in Wester Ross and bankers best friend all rolled into one. No friend of Scottish independence, this is the guy behind the currency union denial. . http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04f8fbg
20 August 2014: BBC News Scotland gives the negative dominance over the positive slanting the article against the, “Yes” vote.. An independence “Yes” vote would break up the BBC with “devastating” consequences for Scottish broadcasting. The prediction was made by shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran, Labour Party and former BBC Director General Lord Birt. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28863806
4 September 2014: Jeane Freeman does a brilliant job here in the face of a hectoring Andrew Neil, the archetypal Brit/Scot journalist, worried about polls narrowing, making the fatal mistake of trying to patronize and bully one of the most incisive voices in Scottish politics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23m6CukRUGM
10 September 2014: The BBC are still spouting lies every chance they get. Breaking their own charter, is in fact breaking their contract with us, who pay for their services. We’re supposed to get NEWS not PROPAGANDA. It’s time for a campaign of non-payment of the licence fee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY64-t3QbcA
11 September 2014: There should be an independent inquiry into the BBC bias during the referendum. It is a matter of saving democracy at this point. I would have happily taken a ‘no’ vote in the referendum, but with all the bias and hate spewed by the media and people on the no side, I have turned from being on the fence moderate to an SNP supporter all the way now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzfSsd8hKtY
11 September 2014: BBC illegal activities exposed by the great Stuart Cosgrove The extraordinary bias shown by the BBC relates to their reporting the negative comments of business heads as factual major news when they are obviously simply opinions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkZmxWX-JtE
11 September 2014: BBC biased reporting. They are a disgrace to public broadcasting in what is supposedly a free nation! Made worse by the fact it’s the very public they are lying too that pays for their existence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHmLb-RIbrM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_XhTALHQzI
13 September 2014: On the day of one of the biggest political rallies Scotland has ever seen:BBC national news reports ‘thousands from across UK in pro-union rally’ when it was actually an organized Orange Order march. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSOu8f549iM
13 September 2014: Bonnie Greer blasts anti Scottish biased reporting in the media coverage of Scotland’s referendum. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arv2X_AVUXc
15 September 2014: BBC News totally distorts the report providing impression that, “Yes” campaigners were in breach of the peace. The most insidious propaganda is that which is not recognized as propaganda by its victims. http://www.weourselves.com/the-most-insidious-propaganda-is-that-not-recognised-as-propaganda-by-its-victims/
19 September 2014: Leaked news, mob mentality, cybernats and the baby news. We look at some of the dirty underground tactics that cropped up during the Scottish Independence campaigns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK6tWsTDf74
25 September 2014: Tommy Sheridan Sticks it to BBC over Bias Coverage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekWWfUAtcMY
6 October 2014: WRITING OFF SCOTLAND explores the research of Dr David Patrick into press bias during the independence campaign. Carried out over Scotland’s most politically important year in centuries, the study’s findings are a shocking indictment of the role of the UK press in the independence debate. We all know newspapers take political positions but, uniquely for a western democracy, the entire media are against independence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bYajHIcXMk
13 October 2014. The BBC’s ‘Amazing Litany’ Of Bias: BBC coverage of the Scottish independence referendum is a compelling example of deep establishment bias. Some critics have characterized the BBC’s coverage, in particular, as though Scotland is merely a region or a county of the United Kingdom called ‘Scotlandshire’. http://medialens.org/index.php?option=com_acymailing&ctrl=archive&task=view&mailid=276&tmpl=component
3 thoughts on “Media Coverage Of Politics In Scotland – Unionist Party Agenda’s Promoted Positively By The BBC – Any Contrary Opinion Ridiculed and Attacked By BBC Editors/Presenters”
Fantastic collections of newsclips. As an ex-pat Scot only able to watch whatever I can find on line to complement my own observations of bias, mostly from south of the border, I think this is the most comprehensive list I have come across. I doubt there will be many doubts in the mind of any reasonable Scot eligible to vote and dithering when the next referendum comes around.
Too much information is now available for anyone other than someone with blinkers to claim there was no bias.
To put the matter another way, the BBC and all other mainstream media is Westminstercentric and unable to treat any divergence in a fair manner. As seems to be the case with senior civil servants, they perceive it to be their natural duty to ensure the maintenance of a failing Parliament and the Establishment they have a symbiotic relationship with instead of permitting all the citizens of the UK to have a fair say in how they are governed.
Well said. The establishment is driven by a need to survive and threats to it’s power will be dealt with ruthlessly.
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