by Steve Rushton, OCCUPY:
“Not since Iraq have I seen BBC News working at propaganda strength like this,”commented former BBC News editor Paul Mason about the Scottish referendum.
Occupy.com recently examined how Britain’s broadcaster has focused on creating news for the 1% on a broad range of issues, not least the Scottish referendum. Looking solely at the Scotland vote, ample evidence suggests the BBC was far from alone in pushing the Westminster establishment line. Only one newspaper backed the Yes vote, the weekly Sunday Herald, against a corporate media avalanche of No.
Westminster’s cross-party coalition against independence defined itself as “Project Fear,” filled with scare stories projecting imminent doom should the Scots dare to go it alone. The mainstream media seemed willing accomplices in this campaign, evident in review studies looking at media bias and analyzing individual stories that predicted the end would be nigh should Scotland gain independence.
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