Tom English is having a good old laugh after a number of Celtic fans on Twitter, along with a couple of blogs, pushed an erroneous story about Nathan Patterson’s Ibrox transfer fee being a mere £4.5 million.
The story came from Everton’s official Twitter site, but the price in question was his Fantasy Football cost.
English thinks this is terribly amusing.
I think English’s decision to highlight it is actually acutely embarrassing. For him.
Because it once again draws attention to the biggest elephant in the room.
Why we do what we do in the first place.
I can tell you this right now; if the mainstream media was better at its job, if people like English were not so inclined to do no more than blow in the prevailing wind, if they would investigate, dig, examine every claim and fight for fact and truth we wouldn’t have to.
It’s ten years since Craig Whyte’s Rangers started its final slide into the abyss.
What was English and his entire profession doing at that time?
Oh yeah, some of his colleagues found out who Whyte was, but none wanted to take things to their natural conclusion and conclude that the club was in a bunch of trouble. That was us. That was the bloggers.
We had every major fact on Whyte long before the media.
We knew Rangers was in dire, dire financial trouble and were saying so long before the media.
Many of us spent the whole of January 2012 waiting for the roof to fall in. When the club sold Jelavic we all said it wouldn’t be enough; the media actually thought they might spend the money. Hoo-ha.
Then, in one of the most stunning abrogation’s of responsibility some of us have ever witnessed, the mainstream press has spent every day since the liquidation rewriting history, inventing its own version of reality and pushing the Survival and Victim Lies.
This is Scottish football’s version of the “stolen election narrative.”
I don’t care whether they believe it or whether its expediency. It is a grotesque thing for the media to be involved in.
They cheer-led Charles Green.
They worshiped at the feet of Dave King, a convicted fraudster who a South African judge called “a glib and shameless liar.”
He heaped embarrassment on them for that time and time again, culminating in the City of London putting the black spot on him for his repeated violations of their rules and regulations.
It wasn’t that long ago that his board published its “dodgy dossier”, which Peter Lawwell scorned at the meeting of the clubs and which was rejected by those clubs out of hand.
I read every word of that document; that’s what the job involves.
I don’t know which bits English himself read, but he drooled over it, and said he thought that Ibrox had shown that there was “a case to answer.” Sycophantic pro-Sevco claptrap.
It wasn’t difficult to conclude from that episode that he and certain other individuals in our press corps were simply not to be trusted. They were either wilful stooges or complete idiots, and to me it doesn’t matter which of the two that is … they have no credibility at all.
So yeah, I’m glad that English is a happy camper.
I’m glad that he’s found some simple pleasure for his simple mind today.
His journalism highlight of the last couple of years, let’s not forget, was an “in-depth interview with Kris Boyd”; is there even such a thing? They discussed his dog amongst other pressing subjects which fans were bursting to explore.
Even some of English’s colleagues found it toe-curling.
I don’t know what business English thinks he’s in, but it’s not journalism.
The reason Celtic sites are interested in the Patterson fee is surely obvious; this affects our club too and it shouldn’t take a genius to work that out. Even someone with as limited brain-power as English should be able to get this without too much trouble.
And the reason we’re digging into the story is that nobody else is.
This is “Motherwell born billionaire” stuff all over again; Ibrox giving the media its version, the media running it without doing a shred of thinking about it, and then later on having to squirm as the facts emerge over time.
They failed on Ashley.
They failed on Hummel.
They failed on Castore.
They failed when they took the club’s word for it at the AGM that there was no need to sell.
How many more times will these people be lied to and accept it?
For English, there’s no ceiling on what he’s prepared to tolerate.
I repeat, whatever business he thinks he’s in, you cannot call it journalism.
He, like others, is being played for a fool.
And today on Twitter, he is revelling in the role and actually laughing at Celtic fans … as we shake our heads at him.
What an idiot that man is.