Scottish referendum miscellany
The last hurrahs Yes campaigners in George Square, Glasgow, and No supporters applauding Gordon Brown's barnstorming speech at the city's Community Central Hall
The media, bias and bullying
Pretty much all reporters I chatted to yesterday agreed that the level of abuse and even intimidation being meted out by some in the ‘Yes’ campaign was making this referendum a rather unpleasant experience
Hundreds of Yes campaigners gathered outside the BBC's Scottish HQ to protest about Nick Robinson's "biased" reporting, specifically over coverage of an Alex Salmond press conference. The BBC said that Robinson had followed its guidelines on impartiality and balance.
"Robust debate is fine. Pointing out when journalists get their facts wrong is expected and welcomed. But NUJ members believe in a free press, a fair media, with journalists allowed to do their jobs free of intimidation
A poll of over 3,000 Scottish people carried out by YouGov for BuzzFeed reveals how almost half of No voters have felt personally threatened by the opposition during Scotland’s independence referendum campaign
Perhaps the most arresting fact about the Scottish referendum is this: that there is no newspaper – local, regional or national, English or Scottish – that supports independence except the Sunday Herald. The Scots who will vote yes have been almost without representation in the media...
I can’t agree with the people who fret that this has been a nasty and divisive and awful experience. It hasn’t. I mean, of course it’s been divisive and of course passions have been running high but that’s because it matters. You can’t have a non-divisive referendum. This is a good thing I think and I think this is an argument we’ve needed to have. If not now, when? At some point certainly, for it could not be delayed forever.
Mainstream Scottish media have gathered thousands of new followers on Twitter and Facebook over the past six months. It would be interesting to know how many of those were in England, where newspaper coverage was sparse until a couple of weeks ago.
See the changes on this infographic from Shaun Milne
...and a bit of fun courtesy of the New Yorker magazine
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