Time to Fight back?

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I have often read comments on ToffeeWeb about how Everton FC are being erased from history. I regularly oscillate between fury and amazement and the never-ending slurry of pro-LFC propaganda on the BBC website especially.

While the BBC rigorously censors criticism, other sites are not so harsh. Check out the link to a review I just submitted on Amazon concerning an egregious example:

Customer Review by Larry O'Hara: 1 out of 5 stars. So much for local knowledge!

The more people who like the review, the more prominent it will become….

The book is called: 111 Places in Liverpool That You Shouldn't Miss

There is an important precedent here: if every time a ToffeeWeb contributor comes across a similar distortion or erasure from history of Everton FC, it was posted here, our collective dissent might have some slight positive effect surely?

Even more if the club's PR department (funded by the Arteta money?) took up the cudgels too….

What do you all think?

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James Flynn
1 Posted 05/09/2021 at 21:39:36
Larry, happy to kick in. Don't know if it took, but I clicked on 1-Star to support you.

That said.

It's a book for tourists. Not a single, positive review of the book (I read them all) mentioned the RS or football.

Several reviewers, while praising the book in general, had a singular complaint. It appears the author, in writing a 200+ page book FOR TOURISTS, forgot to add a map. Hahaha.

We want more attention paid to our Club, we have to start winning. The media in general will continue to ignore us until we do.

Barry Rathbone
2 Posted 07/09/2021 at 15:14:25
There is no bias against us; we have become a non-descript club with nothing of interest to engage the media. We never win anything, or even come close, nor do we employ top players. Worse still, we predictably fail in certain arenas.

Until something of genuine note happens on the pitch, we will persist in our imitation of League One Coventry City – present but certainly not correct.

Alan McGuffog
4 Posted 08/09/2021 at 11:55:44
Larry... there is no bias as such, we are just invisible to the wider media. I avoid, for example, TV drama from the Bleasdale / McGovern camp as all the "heroes" are, invariably, kopites.

Picked up my Radio Times (other TV listings are available) to read about another story set up here. And, yes, of course, the main character is a red.

When I get my next job as Director General of the BBC, I'll ensure that the Golden Vision is shown once a month, Saturday evenings!

Andrew Ellams
5 Posted 08/09/2021 at 12:21:14
There is a definite bias by the media to push certain clubs to the forefront of everybody's minds, particularly through their choice of pundits on footballing shows on TV. The desire to fill every matchday panel with at least one ex RS is nauseating.

But for me the final proof was several months after the Goodison derby last season when I was watching the Sunday lunchtime football review on Sky Sports, when the blonde woman presenting managed to squeeze the subject of St Virgil of the dodgy knee into the discussion and asked the two pundits (one ex-football, one journo) if they had seen it as a premeditated assault. The silence from the studio was painful but she'd got the point she'd so obviously been told to make out there.

Larry O'Hara
6 Posted 08/09/2021 at 12:23:38
While I accept that our low profile is in part due to our poor pitch performance, I think there is more to it than that. Liverpool supporters in positions of media influence try to erase us from history. Concurrently they do all they can to spin Liverpool positively even when stories should be otherwise: fan violence and homophobia.

The demonisation of Pickford last season when that thug Van Dyck crocked James in the same game without comment cannot be simply explained by our poor performance generally.

The book is a very good example of pro-Liverpool institutional bias: there is no way Goodison Park is not among 111 Liverpool places to visit. I think Everton supporters have been too passive for too long. In any event, let's see how any future edition manages to ignore the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock when it's built…

Barry Hesketh
7 Posted 08/09/2021 at 12:55:06
I think the media is biased in favour of the usual suspects and that bias sometimes appears to supporters of other clubs as being anti their club. It's not only about success on the pitch that drives this leaning towards the rich clubs, it's revenue and audience figures.

If your core audience is largely in support of the richest half-dozen clubs then as a decision-maker with responsibility relating to content you would obviously choose to promote the stories that will satisfy that larger percentage of your audience even if it meant annoying a group of less import.

I also think that via the necessary unity which arose amongst our neighbours' supporters in reaction to Hillsborough, they realised that the media narrative could be shaped in favour of their own agenda, which has led to a large number of their fans being very pro-active in responding very aggressively to any perceived slight on their club, or perceived bias in favour of their rivals, either on the pitch or off it.

For example, the goal of the Month competition on Match of the Day was ruined decades ago, because the reds supporters organised themselves to vote for their choice each and every month, when most other clubs supporters weren't really bothered to vote for any of the selected goals.

I don't think Evertonians should concern themselves too much about the coverage we get in the media in comparison to the rich clubs, it's been that way for over half a century and no amount of success on the pitch or gnashing of teeth by our fans will change that narrative.

I try to avoid most coverage by talking heads in the media including the written press, giving their opinion about particular aspects of football, because they know very little about the subject and tend to toe the line which their paymasters tell them to.

Steve Brown
8 Posted 08/09/2021 at 13:06:53
We'll get respect when we win something.
Lee Courtliff
9 Posted 08/09/2021 at 16:20:56
Start winning things regularly and we'll get plenty of attention.

26 years of NOTHING... what do we expect?

Michael Kenrick
10 Posted 08/09/2021 at 21:36:34
I think it was Professor T we were watching, nowt to do with footy... in fact totally removed, and this bizarre ad come on the telly, showing an Everton team bus floating off the ground, then cutting to Dominic Calvert-Lewin sitting inside the bus...

I couldn't figure it out but it seemed to be promoting Sky and BT coverage of the Premier League. I was so stunned to see such an advert featuring Everton, I lost the remote and could not rewind to confirm what I'd seen.

Andy Crooks
11 Posted 10/09/2021 at 22:18:39
You did see it, Michael. It is surreal.
Barry Hesketh
12 Posted 10/09/2021 at 22:28:10
It is a mind-bending advert for Sky / BT, featuring the Everton team bus and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, plus a cameo of Iwobi.

I know it's 26 years since Everton lifted a trophy, but the club – although having a decent cup pedigree – has, up until the last 30 years, been measured by whether it had a side good enough to battle for the title itself. It used to be that Everton averaged a title every 9 or 10 years; it's now 34 years and counting since we had a title and probably nearly as long since we had a side that even challenged for it.

Don Alexander
13 Posted 10/09/2021 at 23:15:34
I was surprised and pleased to see such a slick TV advert mentioning us at all, never mind so prominently.

Then I wondered how much the so-called Goodison financial wizard had to pay to get the gig!

Still, there may now be a few more out there who realise, as a consequence of our perennially inept "marketing department", that "Everton" has a meaning beyond the fabulous chewy Everton Mints I've always adored.

Here's hoping.

Joe Corgan
14 Posted 11/09/2021 at 00:37:45
Thanks for posting the Amazon review but, last time I counted, we'd won nine Championships and five FA Cups.

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