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Bias of switch-off campaign is much worse than the BBC's

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14.08.2018

IN this depressing age of fake news and social media paranoia, it can be hard for a journalist to write a sentence that everyone agrees on, but here goes: on Saturday August 11th, a crowd of around 200 protesters gathered outside the BBC offices in Glasgow to campaign against what they see as the corporation’s bias against Scottish independence.

How did I do? Was that a sentence we can agree on or not? Was it an example of media objectivity or was it dripping with anti-independence bias? Did I deliberately understate the size of the group? Were there, in reality, many more than 200 people there? Was the use of the word “crowd” pejorative and designed to de-legitimise the cause? Am I, in fact, part of a neo-liberal media that is out to use misinformation to undermine anti-establishment forces? In other words, was that innocent-seeming sentence about a protest at the BBC the fake truth or the real one?

If you think yes, there is a media campaign against Scottish independence, you may well have been at the protest on Saturday, or at least be sympathetic to the anti-BBC cause. According to one of the organisers, David McGuinness, BBC Scotland is London’s puppet in Scotland and does not represent the voices of the people (the voices of the people presumably being pro-independence despite the actual result of the 2014 referendum). The protest was also part of a wider, UK-wide campaign to encourage people to switch off the BBC because of its alleged bias against Labour and Jeremy........

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