Did you guys happen to catch The Evening Time online last night? Man oh man that was tough to look at on the news aggregators.
How many articles were based on the rambling nonsense which this blog highlighted at the weekend; the “contributions” of Frank McAvennie? Four? Five? Was there no actual news in football?
Why in God’s name is a national title taking this rot seriously?
Over and over again, this blog has returned to this theme; the poverty of our sporting press.
There really is no excuse for it.
The blogosphere shows that there is plenty of writing talent out there.
Schools of journalism turn out willing graduates who would kill to get into the newsrooms of major media organisations, and some of them will be excellent prospects.
Yet the news wires fill up every day with endless dreck.
Recycled stories. Ex-players talking the worst sort of garbage. Rumours passed off as facts. Phony “exclusives” from the repositories of clickbait, being made to seem grounded when they have all the substance of a fart in the wind.
Worst of all is that being a “writer” on a national title these days requires only one skill; the ability to copy and paste someone else’s work and slap an intro and an ending onto it.
That’s all the McAvennie pieces in The Times were last night; utter garbage, the republication of scattershot gibberish from a moron. And all of it negative, negative, negative about Celtic.
Except for the Howe article. Which was also negative about Celtic, but more about him.
We shouldn’t get overly wound up by this stuff, but it’s hard not to at times, right?
Because it is relentless, it just comes at us day after day after day.
Celtic is always in the gun-sights of these people and there are enough ex-Celts in the media with axes to grind and vendettas to wage, that we are dodging their rounds constantly.
McAvennie is our Kris Boyd, except that Boyd is slavishly loyal to his former employer and McAvennie is loyal only to his own ego.
He loves attention and whilst it is the role of the bloggers to protect the club’s flank from these fools it is the press which feeds them the oxygen they need to survive.
The Evening Times went all-out last night to try and make McAvennie’s “opinions” credible.
That newspaper has fallen a long way from when it used to have standards.
Now it fills its pages with this rot and employs the services of people like Chris Jack.
And they think the blogs don’t have standards!