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Two wrongs and a right

I have asked John C if we can repurpose his contribution as a stand alone blog.

Glad he posted the record of his meeting at last, particularly the bit when the definition of fact and opinion is set anew 🙂


Two wrongs and a right

KJ’s Marie Colvin Award contender this morning caused me to look at the Record’s Online stuff (I know, I know) and I came across this;

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/michael-gannon-celtic-took-many-6922415#rlabs=59%20p$5#d5bcYTwiUraFvbGa.97

In fact there is very little of it I could take issue with (if you leave aside the understandable knee-jerk post Celtic’s Europa League exit). Except the tone.

It is dripping with hostility and invective – the journalistic equivalent of shouting. A dog’s dinner of an article roasted in pejoratives, peppered with block capitals and garnished with bold type. Sadly, it was written not with any journalistic craft, but with a sub-editor’s bludgeon (my apologies to all the nice subs out there!)

The information in the article, and its perspective and context, all have the potential to inform, educate and enable the reader; but instead the piece becomes a desperate attempt to persuade.

Pretty much all of the output of the print media (in respect of football) is aligned in that manner. Conclusions become the only important part of the piece. So much so that you wonder why they put the information in at all.

Nowadays, everyone is an editor. Everyone has an opinion that an article’s narrative has to be in accordance with.

The piece in question has nothing to do with bias against Celtic in my view, but Michael Gannon’s polemic says a lot about what is wrong with our MSM (with the caveat that he is not making stuff up as he goes along like his award winning colleague).

Perhaps Gannon’s work was hijacked by editors or subs looking for a headline. He is certainly beter than that.

However, if you treat your readership with that kind of contempt, never giving them a minute to draw consclusions for themselves, you shouldn’t be surprised if that readership abandons you – as tens of thousands of them have.

The folk at the Daily Record and the other red-tops will tell us that social media outlets are constantly shouting at their readers also. I agree with that to an extent, but the best of social media outlets, like this one, do no such thing.

Where are the print media platforms where people are invited to draw their own conclusions.

There will be no Daily Record ten years from now, because the best of the print media no longer exists.


Two wrongs and a right

Not been on an even keel this morning since Oscar Wilde and Keith jackson hove into view on my screen on the same line.

The acid flashback pyschedelic was further enhanced by the news that the Wilde quote had “come to [KJ’s] mind” and had not placed itself there after a random search through a dictionary of quotations 🙂

Pity his Googling didn’t turn up this;

You have all the guile of a lamb

Dean Koontz

🙂

From home-schooled acorns grow great literary oaks.


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Look Back to Look Forward

Folks,

We are starting to put together our schedule for the radio thing. Content is important, and we are looking to solicit your assistance in lots of ways – including in the first instance some ideas for sport-based programmes.

The phone-in and interview format is fairly well established as a the bread and butter of the medium, but we are looking at ways to bring a fresh perspective.

Discussion on the blog is fine – although some the MSM outlets could nick good ideas 🙂

You could also mail me direct at bigpink@sfm.scot

Cheers.


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The Cat NR1

Were the clubs willing parties to a fraud on Scottish football, or were they victims themselves?

Both

If the former, that does beg the question as to whether there is any point in carrying on.

Yes there is – because the real battle here is between the clubs and their ‘customers’. The clubs can in fact do as they like. They have no emotional attachment to the sport in the way the fans do. Everything is settled by a cost/benefit analysis. This particular one deemed that following the rules correctly was the downside of the argument.

They justify it by dressing the SFA up as some kind of quasi legal guardian of the game, when in fact it is just a trade association – a cartel used as a blunt instrument to con the punters.

The Sevco 5088 Ltd/Sevco Scotland Ltd court cases may throw some light into the dark corners of Hampden’s Star Chamber.

So might we. We are still not done.
The evidence suggest strongly that the clubs are less concerned with the integrity of the game than we are.
The final outcome is dependent on our resolve. That is not in doubt at SFM. The question is;
“Are there enough of us?”


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John Clark 13th March 2016 at 1:11 pm
A priceless observation from Chick a few minutes go: ” Robert Burns died in 1796. He was closer in time to Hibs’ last Cup win than we are”.
Don’t know what point precisely he was trying to make, but it left the rest of the Sportsound chaps stunned in amused speechlessness!

I suppose that just demonstrates that Chic is as good at arithmetic as he is at telling the truth.

Give that he was born around 1954 that takes him to within 52 years of Hibs’ last cup win.

Burns is an outlier at 106 years.

Did anyone point out to Chic that it was in fact the League Cup today.

Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep indeed! 15


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Reiver

Apologies. Haven’t yet had time to respond, due to a current and very raging bout of man flu 05

However I will try to do so over the weekend.


Look Back to Look Forward

Jimbo,

Turnbull Hutton’s attitude to the new club being given precedence over Spartans et al was that by any reasonable measure, and given their extraordinary fan-base and facilities, TRFC would have been given the spot anyway. In his view, the authorities pragmatically exercised their powers of discretion to short-circuit the entry application process.

In retrospect that became crucial to TRFC in their continuity myth-building, because the gap, even though it existed, was easier to Band-Aid over because of that fast-tracking.

I won’t rush to criticise TH too easily though. He was not too fussed over the minutiae of the OCNC debate, but he was steadfastly against what he saw as corruption in the SFA and SPL and was appalled by the calling to arms of the mob by McCoist and others. And he didn’t just pay lip service to it either. He was a consistent and generous donor to SFM, because he shared our view that in order to call itself a sport, football had to structure itself on the basis of as level a playing field as possible.

Whenever I doubt the merits of our case, I  think of Turnbull on the steps of Hampden accusing the SFA of corruption – and the subsequent absence of a visit from the Compliance Officer.

Like all good serial offenders, the SFA avoid battles they can’t win. No engagement with TH, no engagement with the Res12 group, no engagement with the SPL over their expulsion of a 140 year old club.


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