Better Together: Old News Today

BREAKING NEWS: The president of the European Council has intervened in the debate over Scottish independence.

That would be interesting, if it were true. Unfortunately The Observer has decided to reel up an old video from the middle of last year and pass it off as “recent news”. But hey, when it comes to the London press defending the Union it seems anything goes.

We can call for fair debate, but we won’t get it from a national press forced to appeal to the kneejerk assumptions and miniscule attention spans of the lowest common denominator in their target market, all the while following whatever “narrative” best fits their own cynical political outlook.

Media has influence. We should remember that independence for Scotland is as much about the independence of the mind as it is about political independence.


Timeline of Events

3 Nov, 10PM: The Observer erroneously presents a Youtube video by Herman Van Rompuy from June 2011 as ‘recent news’, claiming that he has ‘intervened’.

 

3, Nov, 10PM: The ‘uploaded’ date clearly states ‘Jun 30, 2011′.

 

3 Nov, 11.28PM: We notify Better Together that they are tweeting about a story that erroneously presents a Youtube video by Herman Van Rompuy from June 2011 as ‘recent news’.

 

3 Nov, 11.45PM: We notify Better Together that it is disingenuous to tweet repeatedly about a story that erroneously presents a Youtube video by Herman Van Rompuy from June 2011 as ‘recent news’.

SIGH.


 

Update: Since the publication of this article both The Scotsman and Daily Mail have published a story which disingenuously claims that Herman Van Rompuy has ‘recently’ intervened in the Scottish Independence debate. This is made even more embarrassing considering journalists from both publications follow National Collective on Twitter.

4 Nov, 2.12PM: The Daily Mail publishes a story that erroneously presents a Youtube video by Herman Van Rompuy from June 2011 as ‘recent news’.

5 Nov, 12AM: The Scotsman publishes a story that erroneously presents a Youtube video by Herman Van Rompuy from June 2011 as ‘recent news’.


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