Last week Reporting Scotland dropped a highly significant story which undermined Scottish Conservative claims over post-Brexit fishing access to UK waters.
A clear example of bias through omission or a lack of resource? Independence supporters would insist it was the former.
This weekend an equally bizarre piece of editing has caused consternation amongst Yessers.
In an interview given to BBC Scotland reporter Nick Eardley, former SNP MP Michelle Thomson invited SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to apologise for the treatment she [Thomson] endured at the hands of the party. Thomson had been forced to resign the party whip after being linked to a police investigation into mortgage fraud.
The SNP MP also criticised media coverage of the episode, and singled out the BBC.
The former MP invited the BBC to apologise for its part in what she described as “sinister” reporting.
The clip in question can be heard below.
The interview contained criticism of two organisations and two requests for an apology. Yet when that day’s Reporting Scotland aired only one was highlighted.
Missing from the Reporting Scotland item was the criticism of the broadcaster. There was no suggestion whatsoever that Michelle Thomson had invited the BBC to apologise for its own conduct. The omission mirrored news bulletins earlier that day on Radio Scotland.
The only way viewers would have been aware of Michelle Thomson’s criticism of the BBC, and the wider media, would be if they had listened to the 28 minute radio interview played that morning. Even then they would have had to have waited 25 minutes for the segment in question.
Few average punters will listen to a 28 minute political interview. It’s reproduced below if you want to give it a go.
Most people will happily sit through a 150 second Reporting Scotland easily digestible item replete with highly-suggestive graphics.
Viewers trust the BBC. Why would the corporation want to draw attention to anything that might erode that trust?
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