The Sunday Post (Inverness)

Writer: Ex FM behind Trump’s media war


Anti-media tactics used by President Trump first originated in Scotland under the leadership of Alex Salmond, it has been claimed.

Author David Torrance says the president’s behaviour is the “culminatio­n, rather than the origin” of the anti-media atmosphere which he argues happened first in Scotland.

The essay, The Scottish Provenance of Trump’s Approach To The Media, appears in a book called Trump’s Media War.

Mr Torrance says that the former First Minister had initially enjoyed a good relationsh­ip with the media, but argues there was a “deliberate strategy” on Mr Salmond’s part to begin launching attacks.

He says: “Following the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections, Alex Salmond began to display prototrump­ian characteri­stics now he led a majority, rather than a minority, administra­tion. “Having impressed even his critics with a statesmanl­ike approach to politics between 2007 and 2011, the Scottish National Party leader reverted to the previous form, a highly partisan, shoot-from-thehip, take-no-prisoners approach.”

A spokesman for Mr Salmond declined to comment on the essay.

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