To coincide with the opening of the grouse-shooting season this year, BASC, the British Association for Shooting (and conservation, ahem) paid for front page adverts in some prominent newspapers, promoting the so-called ‘benefits’ of driven grouse shooting. BASC staff members were quite pleased with themselves, self-congratulating on social media.
Duncan Thomas, BASC’s in-resident raptor persecution denier, proclaimed, ‘Absolutely superb coverage in Yorkshire Post this morning…..well chuffed’. Somebody needs to explain to Duncan the difference between paid advertising and media coverage. Sounds a bit like astroturfing, doesn’t it? It’s got a familiar stench to it.
Meanwhile, back in the world where actual real people have been able to view the evidence and draw their own conclusions, we had this response (here) from Graeme Bandeira, cartoonist at the Yorkshire Post and now a further damning opinion piece in the Yorkshire Times from features writer David Goff.
You can read the article in full, here.
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