Banned NUFC Journalist Comes Up With An Even More Amazing Story
Most of you will be aware of the recent banning of a journalist, and his newspaper, by Newcastle United.
Luke Edwards wrote a piece for the Telegraph claiming that there was a split in the Newcastle dressing room and some French players weren’t trying hard enough/didn’t understand what Newcastle was all about.
None of us know what the real truth is and players allegedly not trying or a ‘split’, it isn’t exactly something you can measure is it? So even if somebody believes there is a split or others not trying, it is only their opinion.
When it comes to the story getting published, you can understand it, whatever the truth of the subject is. As we all know, shock headlines sell and nowhere more so than when it concerns Newcastle United.
The journalist though has came up with an ‘interesting’ justification for putting the story out there. If he’d said it was to grab headlines and help his bosses sell more papers/get more coverage I’d be more inclined to give the benefit of the doubt, however Edwards has claimed that he actually did it for the good of the club!
In an interview with the Press Gazette, this is what he had to say;
“Writing stories like these as a football reporter, you are accused of deliberately shit-stirring.
This is a story I wrestled with writing…because I thought, what is it going to do? (ED: I think we all know the answer to that!)
But my whole rationale for writing it was that this was a boil that needed to be lanced. That there were problems behind the scenes, that there was a resentment growing.”
He told Press Gazette he had shorthand and text message evidence to support his report and that was enough for his newspaper, which refused to take down the article or apologise.
Hmmm, shorthand notes – so if I had ‘handwritten notes’ of an interview with Adolf Hitler that would be some kind of proof?
‘Text message evidence’….I’m getting a definite inkling of chinese whispers here. If I had to guess, it would be somebody inside Newcastle has texted somebody else, probably another player at another club, then that text has eventually found its way to Mr.Edwards. Is that original texting player telling the truth, or is he just a little upset because he has been so hopeless this season and been sent out on loan and resents all these foreigners nicking our jobs?
It might only be blue sky thinking but I would put a lot more money on the truth of that than any belief that the journalist broke this story for the good of Newcastle United.
Anyway, back to more important matters, join with me and Luke in cheering on the lads to three points today at West Ham.
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