In my last post I hinted that my ABE attitude had perhaps gone too far. However yesterday as I passed the ranks of the Sunday Newspapers, I was disgusted by the headlines. The English tabloids are insufferable when England win (but so are we Welsh when win at Rugby). But when England fail at anything they are truly venal.
The coverage of Robert Green’s blunder with the banner headlines like 'Hand of Clod’ on the front page and 'Stars and Tripe’ on the back in the N.O.W.(and others were just as bad) showed exactly the sort of people who work in the media today. A player makes one (admittedly costly) mistake and he is vilified. Not withstanding that Goalies are seldom praised, to treat one player in this way for an error such as this (for which the new designed ball may have been partly responsible) is appalling.
The Tabloids in particular relish in building people up only to knock them down again. It is bad enough when they do it to celebrities, but they will do it to ordinary members of the public with glee. Especially those who may have sold their story to another paper.
This gutter journalism although not started by Rupert Murdoch’s purchase of the Sun in1969, has grown worse over the years and one of the great tragedies of this is that a once fine paper like the Daily Mirror was brought down to the Sun’s level.
The Tabloid treatment of Green left me sick in the stomach. I really don’t know what I want. Clearly their attitude if England win the World Cup will be to much for me: But to see decent players like Green, metaphorically hang drawn and quartered if England go out early by English Tabloids editorials is something I do not relish.