The BBC occupies a hallowed place in our media landscape. Funded by the license fee, it’s effectively responsible to us, the public. Growing up in the 70s it was regarded as the baseline for unbiased reporting and today trust remains a big part of the BBC brand worldwide.
I was already aware that the BBC’s reporting on the referendum was riotously unfair. But I want to make it clear that I’d be just as perturbed if the BBC’s reporting was heavily biased towards the Yes campaign.
The role of news is to inform, not to brainwash. As a writer I’m very aware that everything I read is propaganda. My view is that people need information that honours both sides so they can weigh up their own opinions. But as things currently stand you can’t extract enough unbiased information from traditional media outlets to make up your mind about any of the issues.
If you think this is only a Scottish issue, you’d be wrong. It’s not only our BBC that is at fault here – it’s your BBC too.
The words above are not mine. All the sentences were written by Sara Sheridan and appeared in an article she wrote for the Huffington Post on 1st July 2014. I have rearranged intact sentences (with no individual words added or taken out) to deliver what I believe to be her core message. Her article says much, much more and I recommend that you read it.