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Biased reporting?

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Someone wrote to the mailbag the other day bemoaning the fact that we always seem to get negative, or no coverage by the media. I am inclined to agree with this and would point you to today's Independent transfer news with particular reference to the following:

The Cardiff chairman, Peter Ridsdale, said: "I spoke to Aaron on Friday. He told me he'd had a great day at United and was on his way to see Arsène. After that, the final decision is up to the boy. Aaron spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson before visiting United. He's a sensible lad."
I appreciate that the paper is reporting words spoken by someone and not the paper itself, but I think it goes to show where we stand in many people's eyes.
Tom Edwards, York     Posted 09/06/2008 at 09:39:15

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Anthony Horabin
1   Posted 09/06/2008 at 14:40:24

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Having just read the article it clearly states in the first line that Ramsey has spoken to Everton, so where is the negative media coverage? How is this biased reporting? What is shown is a reference to a quote from the chairman so how can the media be biased? Got nothing else to write about?
David Torley
2   Posted 09/06/2008 at 15:56:42

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Ridsdale is talking up Man Utd as that is where he wants him to go as it’s the best deal for the club, if not the player.

No conspiracy.
Tom Edwards
3   Posted 09/06/2008 at 16:28:47

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Anthony Horabin above....

I think I did state that it was a quote from a person and not the words of the newspaper itself.... yes....just re-reading my last paragraph and..... yes! I did state it was a quote. Sorry I made it such an oblique and well-hidden reference.

Perhaps my title of ?Biased reporting? is a misnomer and again I apologise if this has been too subltle. What I was trying (and clearly failing) to illustrate, was the casual disregard the media, and figures in the football world have for us. True, Ridsdale is a tosser (in my opinion), but the newspaper apparently didn?t ask him for his opinion of Ramsey?s chances of going to Everton, or as is more probable, whatever Ridsdale said about it, simply wasn?t reported!
Brian Waring
4   Posted 09/06/2008 at 18:52:56

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Tom, maybe the lad told Risdale that he wasn’t the slightest bit intrested in joining us, but he was well impressed with his day at utd. So risdale quoted that. Would you have prefered Risdale to have said something like " Aaron, said the set up at Everton was shite, and he wouldn’t join them for all the money in the prem "
Glen Anderson
5   Posted 09/06/2008 at 22:31:15

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There is definitely no media bias against Everton from The Independent. Their football editor Brian Viner is a fervent Everton fan and regular admits as much in the regular mentions of our great club in his columns.

Here the journo in question is simply stating verbatim what Ridesdale has said.

You should have chosen a better example before shouting about the conclusion you’ve arrived at.
Colin Myers
6   Posted 10/06/2008 at 08:27:58

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Welsh friends tell me Risdale has a vested interest in the lad going to Man U as they have promised to pay the fee in full AND loan him back for a season. On the other hand Everton want him on the drip and they want him NOW! No contest!
Mike McIlroy
7   Posted 10/06/2008 at 10:44:01

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Agree Colin the odious little turd that is Peter Risdale was bigging up Manure deal as they were the only club willing him to loan him back immediately. There was also an article on the BBC website where Kevin Ratcliffe was recommending the blues for his possible destination. At the end of the day you can?t blame the lad - he?s going to be potentially in the first team at a Champions League club and you have to give him some credit for assuming he thought Fergie was a cock....
Gavin James
8   Posted 10/06/2008 at 11:10:43

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Our bid was accepted so why would it matter that we’re paying ’on the drip’? We obviously offered enough to Cardiff but not to the lad himself apparently he’s going to Arsenal for a higher cash offer.
David Mills
9   Posted 10/06/2008 at 11:28:58

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From today?s BBC report saying he has chosen Arsenal:

"Aaron Ramsey is to join Arsenal from FA Cup finalists Cardiff City in a £5m cash deal, BBC Sport understands.

Champions League winners Manchester United and Premier League giants Everton were also fighting to sign the 17-year-old Welsh wonderkid."

When were we last referred to as giants by anyone at the BBC who isn?t Phil McNulty?!
Maybe they are reading the thread.

And as for Ramsey, did anyone really think he was coming here given the competition for his signature?

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