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BBC treats SNP and Labour differently in headlines

no partyOn December 9th 2014 a Labour councillor was forced to issue an apology after posting an offensive message on twitter.  The councillor, Willie Young, had accused SNP MSP Mark McDonald of having used his family as 'political tools'.

Mr McDonald's son has autism and the MSP has campaigned for cinemas and theatres to put on autism-friendly productions.  Young later said on Twitter: "Sorry if people found my tweet offensive and apologise for any upset that might have caused."

no partyOn December 9th 2014 a Labour councillor was forced to issue an apology after posting an offensive message on twitter.  The councillor, Willie Young, had accused SNP MSP Mark McDonald of having used his family as 'political tools'.

Mr McDonald's son has autism and the MSP has campaigned for cinemas and theatres to put on autism-friendly productions.  Young later said on Twitter: "Sorry if people found my tweet offensive and apologise for any upset that might have caused."

The story was featured on BBC Scotland's online news pages where it ran with the headline 'Councillor apologises after tweet'.  Clicking the link changed the headline on the short article to 'Aberdeen councillor Willie Young apologies after Mark McDonald tweet'.

In two headlines, the BBC had failed to inform readers that the councillor was a member of the Labour party.  The failure to include 'Labour' in the headline was in contrast to an online article from October which reported that a councillor had faced accusations of homophobic behaviour.  That article carried a headline which clearly named the SNP as the party involved.

This is not an isolated incident.  The image below shows a host of stories which damaged the Labour party but where the name of the party was missing from the headline.  Similar stories involving SNP councillors included the party name in the headline.

There is no explanation for the different approach by the BBC.  On the left the SNP is named in the headlines, yet on the right there is no mention of the Labour party.

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# Ponsonby 2014-12-09 20:11
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+1 # Badboabinc 2015-05-17 14:13
and what about the labout councillors in Edinburgh totally corrupt exposed by whistleblower but no mention by bbc that they were labout councillors
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+1 # David McDowell 2015-06-03 14:22
If all this is "random" and BBC Scotland is "impartial" then how come we NEVER see news reports that "just happen" to work to the advantage of the SNP? These things always work to the advantage of political parties that oppose the SNP. It's like when someone in a shop "accidentally" gives you the wrong change. Nearly every time the "mistake" works to the benefit of the shop. Funny that, eh?!
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