DELUSION AND DUPLICITY – Bias? What Bias?

The Guardian’s prodigal son’s hubris and its precious propagandist’s insufferable mendacity examined.

mckennaKevin McKenna in an article in the New Statesman asserts:

“The Scottish nationalists must snap out of their victim complex over a perceived anti-Yes bias in the UK and Scottish press. Certainly, the pattern of press ownership in Scotland suggests an inherent pro-Union sentiment, but a study of each of Scotland’s national newspapers shows that the Yes camp has little to complain about.”

Really? Can he cite these studies? The less charitable may wonder what planet he’s currently orbiting.

“In the comment sections of these papers, I have already counted nine columnists who, by degrees, could be considered sympathetic to the nationalist cause.”

Ah, they’re Kevin’s studies and it was Kevin who counted. Well that’s fine then, proof positive. Nine columnists? In how many articles out of how many thousands, Kev?

Who are these columnists? Why hasn’t he listed them so we can check for ourselves, their degree of support for indy, and crucially the volume and distribution of their output?

The SUN may have backed the SNP in the Holyrood election in the end, but day to day the SUN is not the champion either of the SNP or of independence.

Now compare that to the output of the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the the Scotsman, the weekday Herald (Sunday Herald is becoming more impartial), the Independent, and his own beloved Guardian.

Then there’s the Spectator, the Daily Record, the Sunday Post, the BBC TV and radio, and on and on and on.

Back to the Guardian that McKenna has previously improbably described as neutral.

severin carrellAnother of its correspondents also took umbrage to the dastardly accusations of bias.  Indignant and outraged at a Wings Over Scotland ad placed in Glasgow subway carriages, the aggrieved hack tweeted:

 

.@WingsScotland buys ads in every Glasgow subway car attacking Scottish press on ; says SPT to pull every one http://bit.ly/1mt2unj 

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@Sneekyboy @WingsScotland Come on: says Scottish press not telling both sides of the story; ignores @newsundayherald stance, v close to yes.

 

You’ll note that the only journal Severin could come up with was the aforementioned Sunday Herald.

And with all the chutzpah you would expect from Mr Carrell, he wrote an article in the Guardian chronicling these events, writing:

” The ad, which had been put up in a handful of carriages before the ban was imposed on Wednesday evening, was attacked by newspaper journalists on Twitter for implying the press was biased and was censoring the pro-independence case, but vigorously defended by the website’s followers.”

Of course, what this disingenuous Unionist propagandist fails to tell readers is that he was the newspaper “journalist” doing the attacking! You can’t fault this hack for having a lack of brass neck or a surfeit of ethics.

THE 76% JOURNO
Here’s a representitive sample of the recent output of the Guardian’s august Scotland correspondent, Severin Carrell:

– A snippet from recent 3 week period presenting the headline and the lede, evincing the drumbeat of anti-independence propaganda that is this man’s signature note.

The bias revealed in NOT the result of editorial decisions regarding the headlines.

In addition to the headlines, the data below also include the lede, and it is the case in every story that a) the lede does reflect the tone of the article, and b) that Carrell wrote it (since it appears in the actual article.

OUT OF 50 ARTICLES EXAMINED (consecutive and indy-related):

39 ARTICLES (76%) WERE NEGATIVE AND DETRIMENTAL TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR INDEPENDENCE

9 ARTICLES (18%) WERE ARGUABLY POSITIVE AND HELPFUL TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR INDEPENDENCE

TWO ARTICLES (4%) WERE NEUTRAL, EXHIBITING NO SUBSTANTIVE BIAS EITHER WAY

Positive and neutral articles comprised:

3 “positive” articles addressed the issue of the debacle of Scottish Labour’s confused proposals to devolve tax powers.

2 other positive articles dealt with the revelation from a senior coalition minister that UK Government’s stance on currency union was a ruse.

1 neutral article on voting patterns

2 articles looked at Andrew Marr’s inadvertent admission of his personal negative bias on the issue of iScotland’s admission into the EU

1 article on Nationalists claims that Labour supporters, young people and middle-class women are flocking to yes vote

1 article on SNP claims that Scottish independence is winning over uncommitted

1 neutral article on the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn

 

26 Mar 2014: Independent Scotland would have same influence in EU as Finland, says CBI ” Business group says Scotland would face being left out in cold …”

26 Mar 2014: Business group says Scotland would face being left out in cold and Salmond’s plan to join EU within 18 months is ‘ambitious’

Independent Scotland’s finances at risk from oil slump, say economists

24 Mar 2014: University of Glasgow researchers warn North Sea production fall will leave Scotland £1,000 worse off per person than UK

Scottish Labour’s income tax confusion leaves relaunch dented

Scottish Labour launch further devolution proposals to counter SNP 23 Mar 2014: Whether Scottish Labour’s mis-step on devolving income tax was a muddle or an implosion, its opponents have a ready-made weapon to attack its relaunch

Scottish Labour unveils mini-manifesto to woo disillusioned voters

21 Mar 2014: Party pledges to cut child poverty, increase wages and reform the NHS to boost no vote in independence referendum

Ed Miliband to accuse Alex Salmond of mimicking Conservative policies

20 Mar 2014: Labour leader says the first minister is competing with David Cameron in ‘race to the bottom’ by protecting the wealthy

Scottish independence would leave families worse off, says Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown 20 Mar 2014: Low and middle-income families will be more than £1bn worse off if they vote for independence and re-elect SNP, he says

BAE warns of risk from Scottish independence

20 Mar 2014: Defence group said it believed that remaining in the UK ‘offers greater certainty and stability’ for its operations

Salmond under pressure after North Sea oil tax estimates cut in budget

19 Mar 2014: Chancellor says falling oil receipts are a reminder of how ‘precarious’ budget of an independent Scotland would be

Bannockburn festival will celebrate Scots defeat of English invasion

Bannockburn 19 Mar 2014: Severin Carrell: Thousands of expat Scots and visitors are expected to attend events, including 700th anniversary re-enactment of 1314 battle

Scottish independence is winning over uncommitted, says SNP

18 Mar 2014: Nationalists say Labour supporters, young people and middle-class women are flocking to yes vote

Scottish Labour to ‘energise devolution’ if Scotland says no to independence

18 Mar 2014: Leader Johann Lamont says Holyrood would get more powers to set Scottish income tax and to reform housing benefit

Scottish independence: Labour sets out tax and housing benefit devolution plan

Scottish Labour party plans tax increase for richest with new devolved powers

Scottish Labour Party Leader Johann Lamont 16 Mar 2014: Johann Lamont says party would use proposed extra powers for Scottish parliament to raise taxes to reinvest in public services

BBC asked to justify Andrew Marr’s remarks on Scotland’s right to join EU

16 Mar 2014: Presenter accused of expressing personal opinions about Scotland’s entitlement during interview with Alex Salmond

Theresa May would seek passport checks between Scotland and England

Theresa May says passport checks would be necessary between an independent Scotland and England

14 Mar 2014: Home secretary says independence vote would bring big changes for migration policy

Vote against Scottish independence will not rule out further devolution – PM

14 Mar 2014: Cameron pledges that Tories will back plans to give Holyrood more control over income tax rates in event of no vote in September

Engineering interests in Scotland warn of risk of independence to business

13 Mar 2014: Babcock issues statement confirming it has told unions independence carried some ‘uncertainties for its business’

Scotland’s deficit of £12bn damages Alex Salmond’s case for independence

12 Mar 2014: Fall in North Sea oil revenues cut Scotland’s revenues by £4.5bn from the previous year

Scottish referendum has power to renew British politics

11 Mar 2014: Severin Carrell: Researchers are using the Scottish independence referendum to conduct a holistic study of voting patterns

Lib Dems back Labour’s post-Scottish referendum devolution proposals

10 Mar 2014: Brown and Campbell urge parties to agree to devolve more powers to Holyrood in event of vote against independence

Gordon Brown calls for Scotland to have right to set tax and welfare policies

10 Mar 2014: Ex-prime minister sets out radical plan to rewrite UK constitution giving Scots more powers

Shell boss warns against Scottish independence

North Sea oil rig 6 Mar 2014: Chief executive Ben van Beurden says vote for independence in September would introduce greater uncertainty into oil industry

Lloyds suggests Scotland independence would drive up its costs

5 Mar 2014: Scottish yes vote could have ‘material impact’ on borrowing, tax and procedures under two regulatory systems, says bank group

Ban on independent Scotland sharing sterling ‘not serious’, Holyrood told

5 Mar 2014: Economic expert claims George Osborne would drop opposition to currency union – ‘the best option for everybody’

SNP ‘has exaggerated Scotland’s oil revenues’

North Sea oil rig 4 Mar 2014: Institute of Fiscal Studies warns that predictions by Alex Salmond’s government of North Sea earnings are ‘too optimistic’

UK’S MADE MEN GANGSTER F.M.

The Herald reports on a letter to the First Minister from a cadre of Union retired military and intelligence mucky mucks trying to intimidate him and the Scottish people.Herald letter from mucky mucks

“Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, former first sea lord and chief of naval staff, has sent a letter to First Minister Alex Salmond co-signed by former heads of the army, navy, air force and intelligence warning that the SNP’s proposed constitutional ban on nuclear weapons “would be unacceptable for Nato”.

Scotland would be “a new small nation in an uncertain world” in need of allies, but Nato “could hardly be expected to welcome a new member state whose government put in jeopardy the continued operation of the UK independent nuclear deterrent”, Sir Mark said.”

Here is Sir Mark and his crew in New Jersey gangster mode putting the hurt on the Salmond – “Nice little country you’ve got here, pity if something bad were to happen to it”GANGSTERS

“Were the Scottish people to vote for independence, then Scotland, as a new small nation in an uncertain world, would need international partners to help secure its economic and social objectives and allies to provide national security.”

Does ANYONE in their right mind believe, even in the event of it being denied membership, that were Scotland attacked, NATO would not come to its aid?

It is an absurd assertion that this strategically vital North Sea landmass and its adjacent oil and gas reserves and infrastructure, would be ceded to any enemy of the West. it just isn’t going to happen and it is nuts to suggest otherwise.

George Robertson’s speech to Brookings last week elevated camp and hyperbole to the level of a clinical disorder. This latest fear bomb exceeds even that in its unmitigated lunacy.

Please, can we stop treating the Scottish electorate as wholly clueless?

 

THE SMOKING GUN – BBC CORRUPTION

The UK state Broadcaster, the BBC, have produced an instructional programme at public expense that parrots the Unionist Better Together case on the issue of defence in an independent Scotland.

BBC Indy-Defence Video

The broadcast at points trivialises the issues and is demeaning of Scots and an independent Scotland’s ability to defend its borders.

Questions are being asked about the degree to which the production and broadcast of this programme violates election law, as an undeclared illegal contribution to the pro-Union Better Together Campaign, at the expense of the Public Purse.

The serious question that needs be answered is: With the production and broadcast of this partisan programme, does the BBC cross the line from civil violations of its charter into actual criminality?

Enquiring minds and procurators fiscal wonder.

 

Why you shouldn’t drop acid before delivering a policy speech at Brookings

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George Robertson the former UK Secretary of State for Defence, and former Secretary General of NATO, in a speech to the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, made some bizarre statements about the consequences of Scottish independence upon the World Order.robertson and generals

His extreme language has been roundly condemned here in Britain, even by Unionist pols and some in the MSM.

Over at the Spectator, in an article on the Robertson speech, Alex Massie has done his level best to wordsmith his way around the obvious uncomfortable truth of Robertson’s intervention to make it palatable, at least to the credulous and the unwary.

He has sought to mitigate Robertson’s carnival barking insanity, finding the sentiment if not the actual articulation of the former NATO Secretary General’s thesis, reasonable and eminently defensible.

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He is wrong in that assessment and in asserting that Britain and not Scotland was the subject of Lord George’s remarks (an absolute requirement if his argument was to have any semblance of credibility).

W’ur doomed, DOOMED!

Robertson’s take is that Scotland is the core without which Britain cannot be an essential foundation for stability in the world; a necessary guarantor of Western influence, and indeed, Western civilisation. [Of course without Scotland there is no Britain in the legal and political sense, so let’s call it what is really is – England (incorporating Wales)]

Robertson then, is asserting that Scotland is the keystone of civilisation (something every Scot knows instinctively).

For if England is reliant upon it to be effective and to do good works, and the wider world’s destiny is directly tied to England’s prowess, then it is the case that the subject of Robertson’s thesis is Scotland.

Remove it from the equation, Robertson tells us, and England will collapse in on itself and be ground to powder.

The wuruld is doomed

The European Union will erupt, Spain will splinter, Belgium will bifurcate, and nation shall no longer speak unto nation. The influence of the West will wane until it is forever extinguished.

Oh the humanity!

Western culture will be eviscerated at the instant Scottish independence is formally declared. And Lord George tells us, as Scotland goes, so goes the wuruld.

The Global Economy will be as a dried prune – its precious bodily fluids sucked out of it.

Yes indeed, that would be the same precious bodily fluids cited by US General Jack D. Ripper in Dr Strangelove, and there is something disturbingly Ripperesque about Robertson’s intervention.General ripper

In this speech to Brookings he has raised camp and hyperbole to the level of a clinical disorder.

I’m seriously worried about George.