Yesterday, Phil Mac Giolla Bhain published his story about how James Dornan had put a motion in front of the Scottish Parliament which was about seeking reform of the SFA.
That it also “supported” the club across the city is the headline for some people, but in fact that was the classic piece of misdirection. They weren’t the point at all.
James sent Phil a heads-up.
Nobody from the sports desks was paying a blind bit of notice to what was happening at Holyrood, and I don’t know that many of their politics desk staff do either considering the dire quality of some of the coverage.
So when The Sun claimed last night that their story on Dornan’s motion was a “breaking story” as though they had the exclusive on it I laughed.
Phil had already published his piece over an hour before.
I know that because I was on that story, did my own version and credited Phil in it. Mine went up just minutes after The Sun’s version. To see that low order tabloid try and claim the story as their own was ridiculous.
What was worse was that they put a pro-Ibrox spin on Dornan’s motion, which although it said it supported the club was very clear that it was focussed on reform.
Perhaps it didn’t dawn on them that, having gotten it from Phil’s piece, that they should at least examine what the point of it was but that would have required some critical thinking.
It is just incredibly ignorant of that rag not to give Phil the credit for breaking the story.
It is arrogant that they think we’re not going to spot that, or maybe they just don’t care.
The paper is so pro-Ibrox that it’s ridiculous; tonight, they’ve got another of their theoretical “if’s, but’s and maybe’s” articles about how the Ibrox club can still get automatic Champions League qualification even if they don’t win the title, but as usual it’s pretty ridiculous.
That title is ridiculous.
Nicking stories from people is pretty rank and they do it to the blogs all the time, but Phil Mac Giolla Bhain has a press card, he’s part of the club so to speak, and if they don’t have respect for that they don’t respect anything.
But Hell, what am I talking about?
This is The Sun. They don’t respect anything.
Their media group lied about the dead and hacked the phones of murdered children. There aren’t enough negative adjectives in the language to adequately describe them.