A Sunday newspaper has come under fire on social media after it was accused of misprepresenting events at a pro-independence march. The Sunday Herald, which claims to support independence, was criticised after it reported the ‘All Under One Banner‘ march in Glasgow had been “marred” by “ugly confrontations”.
According to journalist Paul Hutcheon: “Yes supporters took to the streets yesterday but ugly confrontations marred the event.”
The newspaper was also accused of using a distorted image in order to make a tiny group of pro-Union demonstrators look more significant than they actually were.
Within minutes of the front page appearing, pro-independence users of twitter swamped the social media platform questioning the newspaper’s coverage of the event. Many expressed anger at what they claimed were misrepresentations and pledged to cancel long held subscriptions to the newspaper. Others questioned the newspaper’s claim to back independence.
One post read: “The bizarre text under the bizarre photo selection: “Yes supporters took to the streets yesterday but ugly confrontations marred the event”. I really have to question the current agenda and the direction of travel of the @newsundayherald.”
Another tweeted: “What the hell is going on Sunday Herald? There were no “ugly confrontations.” The small huddles of BNP, now Tory supporting unionists were greeted with smiles, waves, whistles & a few jeers. In return we were greeted with obscenities & nazi salutes. We smiled, & marched on.”
Images posted on social media challenged the newspaper’s depiction of the pro-Union counter-demo.
The reality showed the Union flag demo to be tiny compared to the tens of thousands marching in support of independence.
Wings Over Scotland blogger Stuart Campbell tweeted: “What an extraordinary spin for a pro-indy newspaper to deploy. About 20 twats were lightly mocked and ignored by 50,000 people.”
Official estimates of the size of the march vary from around 40,000 to upwards of 90,000. The march was criticised by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson who tweeted: “Banjax city centre traffic on a bank holiday Saturday? We’d rather speak directly to hundreds of Scots at work conferences and on the doorsteps.”
The Scottish Tory leader was taken to task by SNP Depute Leadership candidate Christopher McEleney who retorted: “You’ll be taking the same stance against Orange Marches during the height of tourist season and on Fair Saturday then @RuthDavidsonMSP ?”
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