Yesterday, the newspapers ran an interesting story out of Mordor.
The story is about the creation of the Ibrox “fan advisory board” and it named its first slate. For openers, I think the very idea of them creating a “fan advisory board” is a recipe for disaster. Imagine the sort of people they’ll have on there? Well, friends, we know at least one of them well.
It’s Gary Ralston, former Daily Record sportswriter and now working at Stirling Council as their senior media officer.
He’s been there for two years, and whilst that keeps The Record itself from being directly involved in this, you have to wonder if they aren’t anyway.
We know the media is full of these people, and Ralston is a guy we’ve long suspected was nothing but a paid stooge for their interests.
I know that there are Celtic fans working in the mainstream press but how many of them have ended working for the club in the media or PR departments, as Jim Traynor did? How many of them end up serving on fan advisory boards as Ralston is right now?
People wonder why we don’t trust these people.
It’s because far too many of them are far too close to the club over there, and yeah there are some who are too close to Celtic as well in some ways, trotting out the party line without pause. But the problem is so much worse over there; it’s where “succulent lamb journalism” started out at the end of the day.
The reason this is a big story, to me, is that you can draw a straight line between this and the coverage yesterday of the Ibrox accounts.
You show me a single outlet which failed to parrot the Ibrox party line that they posted a profit; nobody did it. Every single national title told the same lie, and I have no problem calling it that.
When you look at both of those stories in context, one about a former Record reporter going to serve on that club’s internal fan board and another about how his former employers (and everyone else in the mainstream) is pushing a verifiable, easily disproved fiction the linkage virtually leaps out at you.
That club knows that it can do this stuff and get away with it, because the mainstream ranks are full of people whose first loyalty is to Ibrox itself.
What a scandal that is. What a disgrace our media are.