A Reporting Scotland item which said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had criticised HGV drivers over stranded vehicles on Scotland’s snow-covered motorways, has provoked outrage on social media after it was shown to be false.
Thursday evening’s teatime edition of Reporting Scotland featured several items covering the snow blizzards that had brought most of Scotland to a standstill.
Introducing one item on stranded vehicles, presenter Jackie Bird said: “There was criticism today from the First Minister for some HGV drivers who ignored the red weather warning to stay off the roads.”
The item referred to comments made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during that day’s FMQ’s at Holyrood. However the comments were critical, not of the HGV drivers, but of the companies that employed them. Indeed, in a clip not shown on Reporting Scotland, the First Minister could be seen clearly stating she wasn’t criticising the drivers but was in fact concerned about their safety.
Twitter users reacted angrily to the Reporting Scotland broadcast.
One said: “Its no surprise that @BBCScotlandNews audience for Reporting Scotland is dwindling. Outright lies like that are the reason.”
Another twitter user said: “It’s not a criticism of drivers. Loud and clear. How can they get it so wrong?”
Another added: “Is it too much to ask that @BBCScotlandNews to report the FACTS not FICTION? They do it too much and too often! They are supposed to be impartial but, in all honesty, I can’t remember them praising the Scottish government for anything- there always has to be a negative spin.”
One social media user informed others he had complained: “Complaint has been made. Not that it will make any difference, but at least the producers will know we’re noticing it.