The Chief Correspondent and Presenter for Channel 4 News, Alex Thomson, has revealed that they have been banned from Thursday’s NUFC press conference.
The reason they have been added to the list of banned media?
They had informed Newcastle United that they wanted to ask a question about the club banning the media.
Alex Thomson used his Twitter account to tell the public about the club’s decision:
“Newcastle United FC have banned Channel 4 News from tomorrow’s “press conference” where we wanted to ask about banning the media.”
When asked, Alex confirmed that questions had to be submitted in advance before they were allowed to attend a Newcastle United press conference.
Something which simply confirms the suspicions of many fans as to why the questions asked at the club’s press conferences, week-in week-out, don’t generally correspond in any way to those more pertinent issues that are being discussed amongst supporters at any particular time.
You are mistaken if you believe it is some kind of brave new world (in a good way) in which the club sends out press releases to fans telling you about signings and other activity at the club, whilst at the same time Mike Ashley makes clear any media will be banned if they are going to ask awkward questions.
It is definitely stepping into Aldous Huxley/George Orwell territory, when only one (the club’s) version of the news is allowed to be presented and you know you will be banned if you start asking awkward questions.
Little wonder that recently, Newcastle United’s friendly media simply repeated word for word, that a survey by the club found Mike Ashley had an approval rating of 131% amongst supporters…