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Rangers, Chomsky and the Propaganda Model: What The Scottish Sports Media Won't Tell You (Part Two)

Written by: NathanRobert86
Wednesday, 15th October 2014

In the first part of this article, I introduced the 'Propaganda Model' and its five filters – that is, the criteria for determining whether a particular media set-up or institution qualifies as propaganda.

I then declared that Scottish football media meets the criteria in question with regards to Rangers football club: negative articles are continually produced, and ostensibly commenters and pundits do their best to omit relevant facts which don't fit an anti-Rangers agenda.

In this second part, I will continue my analysis of the propaganda filters, and use evidence to demonstrate that Scottish football media meets filter (4) and (5). I will conclude by arguing that the media in Scotland operates in a manner analogous to a massive propaganda feedback loop.

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Rangers, Chomsky and the Propaganda Model: What The Scottish Sports Media Won't Tell You (Part One)

Written by: NathanRobert86
Tuesday, 14th October 2014

What is the role of the so-called "investigative journalist"? In theory, it is to unearth facts or events which have been covered up or supressed by parties interested in keeping them out of the public eye. In practise, however, many Scottish investigative journalists don't seem to be particularity interested in fact when discussing Rangers.

Why is this? In my opinion, it is because much of what passes as Scottish sports journalism is actually something closer to propaganda, at least where Rangers are concerned.

More specifically, the Scottish media forms a massive "propaganda feedback loop" in which negative stories about Rangers are continually produced, and subsequently reinforced through the selective representation of current events. My goal here is to tie Scottish sports journalism to propaganda using American linguist, philosopher and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky's theory of media 'filtering'.

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Sold Our Soul

Written by: The Ref
Monday, 13th October 2014

Like most Rangers supporters, I just want the best for our club. I love the Great British institution which is Rangers Football Club. I have supported my club from the 1970s to the present day and I have celebrated the good times, and wept at the bad times, but I have NEVER abandoned my club: OUR club!

Taking aside the poor quality of the product on the pitch which has seen many supporters grow so disillusioned with our manager and coaching staff that they have vowed never to return whilst they are in charge, it must be noted that others are equally, if not more so, responsible for the position our club currently finds itself in.

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SNP - The Lying Game

Written by: ABP1873
Friday, 26th September 2014

It was Lincoln that said "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." Did the SNP nearly pull off the last part of that quote?

In my opinion No, because you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can wake them up and make them take a peek behind the curtain to see that the wizard is a fraud.

Where the UK politicians have failed is in their inability in showing the SNP up for what they really are and pointing out how they have fooled some of the people most of the time. These politicians should have been highlighting the SNP policies that have kept the poorest in our society poor as they go out and vote "Yes" to the SNP's independence plan.

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No Means No

Written by: Nineteen Seventy-Two
Thursday, 25th September 2014

Last week, the Deputy First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, posed in front of a mobile billboard emblazoned with the logo "One Opportunity".

Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond also had his own photo opportunity in front of the very same tagline. In one very telling picture, they posed together.

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