This was sent to me as a comment yesterday, and I have been too busy to pop it up on the site until now. You will see that Kenny yesterday morning managed to predict the rise up the charts for Phil’s book!
I have slightly edited Kenny’s post re developments since he sent it. I am sure he will let us know if ever a response is received!
Hi Paul, I trust you have read the nonsense ‘Sun Says’ in the Scottish Sun this morning (03/09/12) announcing that it won’t, after all, be serialising Phil MacG’s new book – but with no real reason apart from the ludicrous (and nonsensical) statement about him being “tarred with the same sickening brush” (eh? doesn’t’ that mean THEY are actually doing it?).
Here is the link in case you missed it:
(PMCC Edit – the editorial piece has now disappeared from the Sun website, as has the initial interview with Phil)
Notwithstanding the counterproductive (from their point of view) effect of no doubt hurling Phil’s book to the top of the best-seller charts (a story in itself), I thought I’d actually help out the Sun by emailing the following to their dedicated ‘do you have a story for us’ facility on the same website. This is what I wrote, for what it’s worth….
(Sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
subject: Corporate Scandal)
Dear Scottish Sun
Here’s a tip for a story for you. It’s about the biggest financial scandal in the history of British sport.
It’s exactly the same as everything contained in the book just published by internet blogger Phil Mac Giolla Bhain about the demise of Glasgow Rangers Football Club, which you have for some reason seen fit to tar with the “sickening brush” of bigotry (and by extension, your own ignorance) .
It is exactly the same story as that which internationally acclaimed and award-winning journalist Alex Thomson of Channel 4 has been covering for the last year or so.
It is exactly the same story that has been covered by internationally acclaimed and award-winning blog ‘rangerstaxcase.com’.
It is exactly the same story that has been the subject of endless discussions hosted with complete impartiality and with expert legal knowledge by Paul McConville on the blog ‘Random Thoughts Re Scots Law’.
It is exactly the same story as that eloquently covered in the BBC documentary ‘Rangers – The Men Who Sold the Jerseys’ by Mark Daly – which remains the only serious coverage of the background to this scandal to have been broadcast on a national level.
Thousands – if not millions – of lives have been affected by this story. Millions – yes, very much MILLIONS – of pounds have gone missing from the public purse over the course of this story. Reputations at the very highest level of Scottish sport and politics have been tarnished by this story. It affects the bulk of your readers.
I am putting this story to you as a journalist with no axe to grind, with 20 years’ experience in the trade.
So why do you not tell this story? It seems to me a gift for your employees who you take pride in telling the world are “the finest journalists in the country who are totally and unequivocally impartial.”
I feel sure that in telling this story “truthfully, honestly and without fear or favour” you will indeed serve your readers well.
So why are you not telling it?