ALEX Salmond has hit back at BBC broadcaster Nick Robinson’s “ludicrous” comparison between Vladimir’s Putin’s Russia and demonstrations staged by Nationalists during the referendum campaign.
The former First Minister also branded the corporation’s outgoing political editor an “embarrassment” over his coverage of the referendum – and even compared the corporation with former Soviet propaganda newspaper Pravda.- Scotsman, 24 August
So I imagine that Nick Robinson, tool that he is, now regrets his choice of words. Still, let's note here that
- Spontaneous flag-waving nationalist mobs descending upon broadcasters, demanding that journalists alter their output so as not to pollute the fragile minds of honest patriots with depraved, auslander propaganda, is a very, very Putin's Russia-type thing;
- That senior political figures asserting that broadcasters should be brought under their control, to ensure that they better reflect the opinions and concerns of honest patriots, is also a very Putin's Russia-type thing; and that
- Broadcasters with even a fraction of the BBC's editorial independence are very much not a Putin's Russia-type thing.
- The former First Minister generally restricts his wails and screams about media bias to the BBC only, being unconcerned about the regular SNP-bashing opinions of e.g. the Sun, the Times or Sky, for some unfathomable reason; and that
- The former First Minister's focus on the BBC may or may not be related to the fact that the Beeb is prevented by its charter from launching months-long, poisonous vendettas against political figures in a way that, say, the Sun or the Times or Sky isn't, and that
- Since that's the case, his behaviour isn't exactly an act of outstanding political courage, and that
- Whatever the differences between Salmond and Cameron may be, the Tories and the SNP are at least agreed on the spectacular malignity of the national broadcaster.