true faith : The Newspaper Ban!

by • October 29, 2013 • NewsComments (6)865

By any measure, imposing a ban on a newspaper (s) because you don’t like what they have Chronwritten is completely objectionable. I suspect Mike Ashley considers The Chronicle, The Journal and the Sunday Sun build a large part of their business around the coverage of Newcastle United and as such, what he considers as negative coverage of his business is tantamount to biting the hand that feeds them. I think, six years and counting into Mike Ashley’s stewardship of our club, we all know with Ashley, it is pretty much, always about the money. Did I really read Ashley would like to charge newspapers for covering Newcastle United? Have I imagined that?

For what it’s worth, I really can’t see an occasion when it is justified to ban newspapers from covering football clubs. To me, it just seems petty, vindictive and pointless.

Given we have seen the letter Ashley had written and sent to NCJ Media informing them of their ban, I think we know pretty much the character of Mike Ashley and in my opinion, he’s a thin-skinned bully who can’t cope with criticism, who is completely out of touch with the community around Newcastle United and presides over an institution where people are frightened to offer him their honest advice. Were he to have a competent, mature and experienced board of directors in place this farrago would never have occurred. Instead of that board of directors he has a few people keeping the plates spinning. Just. Oh, and Joe Kinnear. Bloody hell.

Banning newspapers from covering football clubs is just completely wrong. Mike Ashley needs to develop some perspective.

Banning Luke Edwards from The Telegraph last season was wrong. Banning Michael Walker and Colin Young from The Mail in years gone by was wrong. Joe Kinnear launching a pre-meditated foul mouthed tirade against football journalists was wrong. Banning several others was wrong and banning The Chronicle, The Journal and the Sunday Sun is absolutely wrong. I’ve listened to Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville tear Newcastle United’s players and tactics apart in their analysis. They haven’t been banned. I wonder why?

This kind of banning nonsense should be opposed completely and totally by everyone who believes in an open and democratic society.

This gob-shite fanzine has often criticised the Thomson House titles and other newspapers for an absence of in-depth analysis of what is really going on at Newcastle United and that stretches back to the horrendous greed and incompetence of the Hall and Shepherd years when Alan Oliver’s coverage of United was, well, you know what … Through now to Ashley, the coverage of Newcastle United from Thomson House has been incredibly supine and that is what makes Ashley’s actions in response to the Time 4 Change march pre-the Liverpool game all the more baffling. Ironically, I felt Lee Ryder’s match report of the derby debacle on Sunday, was pretty much on the money. It’s just such a shame for this change to have had to wait for a set-piece of cack-handedness from Mike Ashley.

I think it’s fair to say most people are appalled at Ashley’s ridiculous ban. For what it’s worth, we’ll oppose the ban and participate in any protests against it, notwithstanding at being entertained by the three titles bigging themselves up as the seekers of truth and justice all of a sudden. I’m in serious danger of doing myself an injury with painfully raised eye-brows

Even though, I can find no evidence of those in the Thomson House stable ever standing shoulder to shoulder with their colleagues (some would argue they have done quite the reverse on occasion) from The Telegraph, The Mail or any-one else for that matter, I’d call upon all the newspapers covering Newcastle United to vacate the press-box this coming Saturday and show solidarity with their colleagues.

What I’d hope is none of their competitors see this as an opportunity to supplant the local press but the cynic in me imagines individuals and rivals are already plotting their next moves.

What I’d also hope is that NCJ Media doesn’t fall over itself to get back into the club’s good books and return to the routine of shallow coverage, transfer tittle-tattle and knock-knees crap. I note even with a ban in place we came very close to a Raring To Go featuring Steven “Tayls” Taylor headline from The Chronicle tonight.

I think I speak for everyone associated with this daft fanzine (at least I hope I do) that banning three newspapers from covering Newcastle United (in whatever way they do it) is absolutely and completely wrong. We oppose it and when the next occasion demands it, we hope those three titles stand four square with those who have incurred the displeasure of the big bairn in charge of our football club.

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6 Responses to true faith : The Newspaper Ban!

  1. Leazes Ender says:

    Very Good Well said.

    I don’t think the Chronicles reporters actually need to interview anyone at the club to fill the back pages with ‘Pardew Insists…’ claptrap, they are largely the responses for mundane ‘are you still beating your wife’ type proforma questions.

    Something not right at that Newspaper, something about the make up of its reporters, its polls, its opinions… its lack of empathy, understanding…the way the simply said as fact that story about the gates returning to the ‘Gallowgate End’…pure invention they were from Barrack Road…it didn’t matter to them. Ryder thinks the Gallowgate has always been our Spion Kop End…he’s young…unenthusiastic…what the heck…is there any excuse though for not reading a copy of Joannou?

    Ed: had to edit a bit of this as it was a bit libellous. I also don’t think Lee Ryder or anyone at Thomson House is the real problem by the way, despite twitter tiffs.

  2. Mick Dixon says:

    Im glad they banned the press long may it continue! At least we may get some real news about the Town rather than gobshte from Pard and players.
    If Ash is so sensitive to any negative publicity then now is the time to ramp it up.
    Former players saying something………change the name of Shearers bar!
    The singing section with Get out of our club………..close it and move them out.
    Now the protest report………….ban the press!!
    And more?
    I think its great, so is any decent journo going to make history by some REAL reporting on what the feck is going on within the Ash empire?


  3. Rochford Mag says:

    Clearly he has not heard of the saying that it is better to keep the people inside pissing out than outside pissing in.
    I don’t read the papers personally but I occasionally look at their on-line editions and I can hardly recall a decent article trying to get under the skin of this disreputable bunch.
    Perhaps now they will grow some cohones and we can have some proper journalism instead of the lazy and cliched soundbites that they usually come up with.

  4. Richie says:

    I wouldn’t hold your breath waiting for the Chronicle doing some real in depth journalistic investigation into the running of OUR club.
    Just take a look at the same old usual “We’ll make it up to the fans” claptrap in todays online edition.

  5. Chris Nappin says:

    The club have stated that the ban is indefinite, with Pardew claiming that it’s in NCJ’s hands now to respond. Presumably the club are after an apology and assurances that no further negative coverage will be reported. NCJ now have a fairly difficult choice to make, as succumbing to the club’s wishes of an apology leaves them totally devoid of their integrity, both now and with regards future coverage. Nobody but Ashley thinks they have done anything wrong. Should they choose not to apologise then they risk having the ban continued indefinitely, which cripples their ability to provide meaningless, but still hot-off-the-press, quotes from Pardew. They’ll have to make a decision within the next few weeks one way or the other which is going to be interesting, and could turn out to be a very beneficial product of the T4C march. If they make the right decision, then NCJ could be forced to bring a lot more to the table in terms of highlighting the atrocities of the Ashley tyranny. Will they shite though

  6. Chris says:

    Both John Gibson and Mark Douglas have written fairly scathing articles about the club in the last 24 hours, the best, the best stuff I’ve ever seen on there