Perhaps the most interesting thing to note from the polling on political leaders is the massive difference between Scotland and the rest of the UK (rUK) with regard to perceptions of Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson. One might reasonably suppose that this is explained, at least in part, by the impact of a media campaign of demonisation targeting Sturgeon versus a parallel campaign of inexplicable and wholly unwarranted adulation for Davidson.
It is doubtful that people in England are significantly more susceptible to such media manipulation. Although, given our experience of Better Together/Project Fear and its ongoing successor, it would hardly be surprising if people in Scotland are somewhat less trusting of the mainstream media than their counterparts in rUK.
Perhaps a more significant factor would be the better access to alternative media that we enjoy in Scotland. The legacy of the first independence referendum campaign is a rich strand of blogs and online news sites as well as the Yes movement’s massive social media presence.
And, of course, The National has a role in all of this. It affords people in Scotland an opportunity to see the news from a different perspective. It lets people know that there is another perspective. Outwith Scotland, there is little to counter the cosy consensus of complacent journalists complicit in peddling the British establishment’s propaganda.Views: 4016
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