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How The Morally Bankrupt Media Distorted Our Yohan Cabaye Exclusive

7 years ago
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You may have noticed a certain Newcastle United story has dominated the headlines since yesterday morning, some of you may even realise where you heard about this first..though you wouldn’t realise it by reading elsewhere afterwards.

The story of course is to do with an interview that Yohan Cabaye did with Canal+ before the Uruguay v France match earlier this week.

We were the first in England to pick up on this story and thanks to having an expert French translator in our midst, we got an excellent translation of what Cabaye had actually said and just as importantly, how he said it.

The interview we spotted was on video and there hadn’t been any transcribed version of the interview until we did it, even in France.

The quotes aren’t word for word, they are our reporter’s take on the interview and only by watching the interview (and if your French is decent!) can you get a proper take on the context in which he is talking.

The relevant part of our translated version of the interview that was included in our article and has made headlines everywhere, was the following after he (Cabaye) was asked a direct question about Manchester United;

YC “Yes of course, I like this club for a long time, I like what they do, the boss has left but they have appointed a very good successor, and he did some very good things with Everton. They are always well placed amongst the big clubs, yes for sure it could be an interesting challenge but like I said for the moment, there is nothing concrete and I am still at Newcastle.”

Alongside the translation we put the following as we knew how the ‘quotes’ would be used and manipulated elsewhere;

If/when what Cabaye has said is reported elsewhere, it will no doubt be used to say how he is angling to leave and it is a ‘come and get me’ style interview but when speaking he does sound a bit low and while he isn’t declaring undying love for Newcastle, he doesn’t appear to want to leave Newcastle.

Our ‘translation’ was lifted and not credited, then repeated everywhere else, as we say above, the ‘quotes’/’translation’ only make true sense if you you take notice of somebody who has actually watched the video interview, understands French AND explains the context.

The bare words are not the full story.

It would have been very easy for us to put an attention grabbing headline saying Cabaye wants to go to Manchester United and/or ‘come and get me’ rubbish headlines.

We didn’t though because we are Newcastle fans and only want to write what is the truth, not to grab a few extra headlines/hits and not caring on how this would impact on Cabaye and Newcastle United.

Unfortunately, others don’t feel the same and below you will find a ‘small’ selection of the headlines that have followed our exclusive translation, not one of them who has credited where they got the translation from. I’m guessing that pretty much all of them haven’t even had somebody check that what we have written is a fair representation of what Cabaye has actually said, we could have made it all up! In this era of lazy journalism though, doing the actual hard work yourself is something that is a distant memory for most.

Getting the headline is all that matters and finding a story yourself is too much trouble, or even checking for sure that what you have copied is correct.

One local news organisation that we challenged (we’ll protect their identity to save them embarrassment) as to why they hadn’t credited us, said that they had somebody who could do French translations but when they saw ours they didn’t see why they should bother. Their main defence when we asked about not crediting The Mag as the source of ‘their’ story was to say ‘well everybody else does this as well’. No wonder newspaper sales are going down the pan and journalism is seen as a few steps down from being an Estate Agent!

Here are the headlines of the ‘exclusives’ following our story;

Newcastle ace open to United switch   Clubcall
Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye Eyeing Manchester United move   Daily Express
French ace open to Manchester United move   Footballfancast
Newcastle star issues thinly veiled come and get me plea to Man Utd   Footylatest
Yohan Cabaye would welcome Manchester United move   Give me sport
French international opens the door to Manchester United move   sport.co.uk
Cabaye fancies Man Utd move   Sportsvibe
Yohan Cabaye an admirer of Manchester United   The Journal
Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye interested in Manchester United move   caughtoffside
Cabaye leaving Magpies exit talk to his agents   Northern Echo
Newcastle steeled for fight to keep Yohan Cabaye from Manchester United   The Independent
Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye wants Old Trafford move   What Culture
Manchester United move would be an ‘interesting’ challenge admits Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye   Mirror
Cabaye open to United move   ESPN
Man United swoop for Valera, Cabaye wants to be next   Sport360
Yohan Cabaye would welcome a move to Manchester United   The Hard Tackle
Cabaye open to move to Man Utd   The Guardian
Premier League midfielder issues come and get me please to Manchester United   Footballfriendsonline
French midfielder open to United switch   The Busby Way
Yohan Cabaye open to Red Devils move   The Sport Review
Cabaye keen on United move   Sky Sports
Newcastle rocked as Cabaye admits he is keen on Man United move   Talksport
Cabaye hints at Newcastle exit   Telegraph
Taxi for Cabaye! Newcastle midfielder issues come-and-get-me plea to United   Daily Mail
Newcastle star Cabaye opens door to Manchester United Switch   Shields Gazette
Cabaye plays down talk linking him to Manchester United   Evening Chronicle
Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye says Manchester United would be an interesting challenge   Sky Tyne and Wear
Cabaye interested in Manchester United move?   Coming Home Newcastle
Yohan Cabaye would be interested in moving to Manchester United   RedMancunian
Newcastle United star fancies move to Manchester United   Sports News Ireland
Frenchman in Man United come and get me plea?   The Transfer Tavern

To read the full Cabaye translation that we did and to watch the actual video interview go to the following links, the second one has a link to the video interview included on it.

[intlink id=”29663″ type=”post”]First Half[/intlink] and [intlink id=”29694″ type=”post”]Second half[/intlink].

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