Another media horror show

by   |   20/05/2024  2 Comments  [Jump to last]

On Saturday, the Premier League released a brief clip of the "story of the season", oddly omitting any positive Everton contribution to the season, and ignoring their heinous assault on us as a club via unprecedented points deductions for PSR. So far, so Premier League, right?

It turns out, no. Yesterday we watched a 90-minute summary of our entire season. A heroic defensive effort against overwhelming forces, undermined by Ashley Young's errors and by officiating calamity. There's some difference of opinion on here this morning as to whether the blame lies more with Young or with Michael Oliver, but that's by the by.

What's far more interesting to me has been looking at the media response to the game yesterday. These are all little things, but they've added up today:

  • The BBC Live Text, while naturally focused upon the title race, entirely omitted any sort of post-match reaction from the Everton perspective.

  • Match of the Day saw no real mention of the work Sean Dyche and the team have accomplished and actually saw Alan Shearer try to defend the indefensible in that decision.

  • In their highlights video on YouTube, Sky Sports Football completely ignored any sort of controversy regarding the second goal, showing only the most benign angle possible of the handball, and ignored entirely the VAR check (and subsequent skulduggery).

  • In their article on the match, the Guardian entirely ignored the fact that the goal comes from a clear handball (this is referenced by a large proportion of the comments section – though, as always, I recommend ignoring the Guardian comments section).

  • The BBC released an article about the "ten games that decided the Premier League title". When they come to our 2-0 massacring of our gobshite neighbours, the first thing they undermine is the joke we've held that Liverpool lost the league at Goodison Park. Little, yet again. But was it really necessary?

These are all little things. Inconsequential on their own. But they add up. This summer, the club faces significant challenges. We need to somehow remain onside on PSR without selling our future in Jarrad Branthwaite. We need to build a squad on peanuts.

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Off the pitch, we face real uncertainty in terms of who will buy the club, how we will finance the completion of the stadium, and the continued uncertainty on the Premier League's position with regard to interest payments.

But another challenge we face as a club is to somehow end the constant PR attacks upon us as a club. The Premier League see us as a soft target. It's why we were used as a test bed for their Carthaginian assault of a 10-point deduction, in order to try and stave off an independent regulator (ha ha, fuckers, it's still coming).

But it's clear that traditional media also regard us as a joke, an easy target. We don't fight back, we don't defend ourselves, and we delude ourselves into thinking we're the bigger person by letting things go.

It hasn't worked. The club and the fanbase need to find its teeth, because this rubbish won't stop until we stand up for ourselves.

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Jack Convery
1 Posted 20/05/2024 at 16:08:54
and not a mention of the 115 charges facing a certain team.

Media in the pockets of the SLY SIX I'm afraid. Though as I said on another thread, would Shearer have said no hand ball, if it had cost Newcastle a place in Europe ?

In the Football programme during the game, both Glenn Murray and Dion Dublin, said before Oliver went to the monitor - he will chalk that goal off and both were absolutely gob smacked when he didn't. The studio went deathly quiet and all were very sheepish. They know what's going on but no one has the balls to say so because they are afraid of losing the rights to show the games. I say what's the point of showing the game if the result has already been decided on. EFC wanted to upset the apple cart yesterday and not play ball to what the EPL wanted, which was a close run thing until the very last minute. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck it's a bloody duck. The same with corruption believe me.

Jay Harris
2 Posted 20/05/2024 at 17:07:29
This is not just a recent thing, it all started with Shankly charming and intimidating the life out of the media while we sat with stiff upper lips and did not aggressively address our PR side.

WE are still far too gentlemanly as a club. We continue to take it on the chin and hope that things improve while the likes of City flaunt their power and wealth with some of the top legal people in the business.

I hate to say it but we think like a small humble club instead of "We are Everton, co fonders of the league and Premier leage".

We need some support in the media but look at Andy Burnhams interview with Sky as a case in point. Sky just shut it down.

We need a fans revolution to shake these cozy cartel bastards.

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