Channel 4’s Alex Thomson began the proceedings in typically pompous fashion, rambling on about the apparent failings in the Scottish sports media all the while trying to appear as some form of brave journo who tackled the story in a fearless, favourless fashion. He highlighted the fact that the media did not do their job in questioning David Murray or Craig Whyte and of course couldn’t resist hinting that Charles Green could be yet another shameless shyster lurking in the shadows of the Ibrox corridors.
Talking of not doing a job properly, it is quite fitting that he was accompanied by Mark Daly from the BBC. Mark of course was the terrific investigative journalist who was hailed by all and sundry for uncovering the Rangers’ scandal as he told the story of our illegal remuneration scheme and how we defrauded the tax authorities of millions of pounds in the process. How his heart must have sank when his propaganda programme was blown right out of the water when news broke that Rangers had won the First Tier Tribunal against HM Revenue & Customs. I’m sure his reaction is something that we all would have loved to have witnessed.
The event is something which I would have perhaps considered attending due to the obvious interest in the reporting of Rangers in recent months but of course, as a member of the thriving Rangers’ underclass, I would have been immediately blacklisted, denied entry and most probably arrested. Well, that and I quite frankly couldn’t contemplate listening to any more of the inane ramblings of these two bumbling idiots who have made a mockery of their profession and embarrassed themselves in the process. Rumours even have it both were sporting some quite fetching and rather dapper brass necks to the event, although I’m still awaiting confirmation.
It is a sad indictment of the Scottish media that these guys are widely regarded as the individuals who took the lead in the reporting of the Rangers’ story and that they are allowed to claim credit for work that is nothing but substandard propaganda. Believe it or not we actually have some decent journalists out there but unfortunately it seems to be that it is those who shout the loudest that rise to the top. And my goodness it is hard to shut some of these guys up.
The media in this country certainly didn’t cover themselves in glory throughout the months when the apparent scandal was unfolding. In fact it could be said that many journalists were responsible at one level or another for stoking the fires of hate which have been all too apparent since our great institution fell to its knees. I can only hope that aspiring journalists such as those currently studying at the
are capable enough of learning from the countless mistakes from individuals such as those lecturing them today. If so then perhaps the careers of Thomson and Daly have unintentionally served some purpose. We can only hope. Napier University
Oh by the way, Mark, you can hand that tainted award of yours back now too.