Unionist politicians have seized on allegations against Alex Salmond in order to launch a smear campaign against Nicola Sturgeon.
Fresh from demanding the SNP leader suspend Mr Salmond from the party, Unionist politicians have now began to imply the current First Minister has been engaged in a coverup.
The news that former First Minister Alex Salmond had been investigated over allegations he had sexually harassed two female Scottish government employees shook Scottish politics last week. However there has been nothing but praise for the way Nicola Sturgeon has handled what many agree is a very difficult situation.
That began to change when Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon demanded Salmond’s suspension from the SNP. The calls were echoed by Lennon’s party colleague Rhoda Grant two days later.
Both appeared on the flagship evening news programme Reporting Scotland on Friday and again on Sunday.
On Monday Unionists upped the ante and launched a smear attack on Nicola Sturgeon. Scottish Labour implied the First Minister was withholding key information and was engaged in some kind of coverup.
The smears found their way onto BBC Scotland’s flagship morning news programme Good Morning Scotland with MSP Rhoda Grant given a platform to promote her party’s smears. Moments later the innuendo was repeated by GMS presenter Gary Robertson who asked if Nicola Sturgeon needed to be “more transparent”?
The smears were repeated in subsequent BBC Scotland broadcasts which included additional innuendo from the Scottish Conservatives.
The platform afforded the Unionist smear attacks have led to concerns the BBC is again promoting an anti-SNP news agenda. The bulletins followed the repeated broadcast of an anti-Salmond graphic containing a Daily Record front page three nights in succession.
Other reports have seen Alex Salmond compared to the former media mogul Harvey Weinstein who has been accused of rape and a string of serious sexual offences spanning years.
The coverage has resulted in criticism being aimed at the broadcaster by pro-independence users of social media. Many have contrasted the intense scrutiny and high-profile coverage of the Salmond allegations with the near absence of similar scrutiny of Ruth Davidson over Dark Money and other controversial issues surrounding her party.
BBC Scotland continues to insist there is no anti-SNP agenda in operation at Pacific Quay. However the ease with which Unionists appear on the station attacking the SNP will do little to persuade its fiercest critics otherwise.
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