|Celtic, Rangers & Media Double Standards|
|04-09-08 07:05 PM|
On Sunday Celtic suffered a defeat at home to their bitterest rivals. However hard that game was to take - it is off field matters which have left the nastiest aftertaste.
As has become usual the visiting support gave us a rendition of The Famine Song, a charming ditty which implores those of Irish descent to "go home" since "the famine is over". Imagine this song being sung to a crowd comprising mostly of those of Afro/Caribbean descent since "slavery is over" - the condemnation would be deafening. So where is the condemnation of the Famine Song in our media? It seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
The Blue Order unveiled the Ambulance Chasers banner.
This year has seen the sad passing of both Tommy Burns & Phil O'Donnell.
Conspiracy theorists on the FollowFollow website would have you believe that the 2nd January 2008 Derby game was cancelled, not out of grief and respect, but out of dodging a difficult game due to injuries and suspensions. They coined the term "Steak Pie FC" since apparently Celtic FC enjoys funerals (it would seem the steak pie reference is down to the "fact" that steak pies are served at funerals).
So, with all this in mind what were we to think of the Blue Orders banner? Since the definition of ambulance chaser is "one who seeks to profit from injury or death" the answer should be clear - shouldn't it?
Evidently not, when the issue was raised on Real Radio the station was swamped by an orchestrated email campaign with the bizarre claim that it was tied up with "incapacity benefits". Seriously. And in a further step into the Twilight Zone - Ewen Cameron bought it.
Then to the aftermath of the game. Neil Lennon, ex-Celtic captain and now Celtic 1st team coach, was brutally assaulted, left unconscious and required a stay in hospital.
The media reaction? A "hilarious" Sun cartoon laughing at it and various scribes lining up to say he should have known better than to go out for a drink after a Celtic-Rangers game.
Later a Huddleboarder (unwisely) posts the street where Rangers player Nacho Novo lives. The media reaction? A universal chorus of disapproval.
In the aftermath of the Manchester riots, Times columnist Graham Spiers wrote " This is a sensitive subject for Rangers. The club has begged Scottish reporters and editors to play it all down, because it "harms the image" of Glasgow and Scotland. Rangers themselves have hired a PR agency over the last two years, asked to perform what is euphemistically called "damage limitation" when it comes to these repeated embarrassments for the club. The PR boys have a tough job."
What a bang up job the PR boys do though.
However compare and contrast the reaction of the media to the posting of Novo's street name with this.
Now check this story.
The media is quiet on this. A FollowFollow poster (still not banned at this time, over four months later) laughs at a sectarian murder carried out before his eyes. We know Alan Carson, ex-Sun journalist and now freelance, checks the site daily for stories. He even has a few posts to his name. How did he miss this scoop?
I wonder ....
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