Newcastle fan Steve Jackson has appealed to NCJ Media (Chronicle etc) to get off the fence and back the Boycott Spurs match campaign.
Steve says that after hearing George Caulkin of The Times giving passionate support to the anti-Ashley protests, he believes that the local media is duty bound to follow suit.
Here is what Steve has sent to the bosses at the Chronicle/NCJ Media:
As a Newcastle fan I just wanted to say how disappointed that I am to see that the Evening Chronicle is not backing the Boycott Spurs campaign.
I understand that you have reported the existence of the campaign but – as you are aware – that is not the same as giving it your official support.
The most successful spell in recent years – happened as a direct result of the Evening Chronicle pushing for regime change. Sir John Hall took over, appointed Keegan and the rest is history.
You can’t begin to imagine how much it shames local media to hear George Caulkin on North East radio actively backing the boycott, being prepared to stand up and, most likely be banned, while the local papers still continue to believe fans and Ashley deserve to be treated equally. You owe Ashley nothing. You owe your local readers everything.
With respect to George, who is a fine reporter and a great North East ambassador – it’s a sad day when a London-based newspaper, a Tory one at that – takes the fans’ side ahead of the Evening Chronicle.
We need you. And, I believe, local media has never needed a purpose more. It’s never needed local loyalty more. So what price your loyalty? Why sell out fans for the access to PR-controlled quotes from Ashley? Please join the boycott. Ask fans to join it. Pull out your reporters on the night. Yes it will most likely mean a ban but, take control. Your best reporting this year was during the ban.
I look forward to your response and, hopefully, action.