At the end of my post this morning about the Pinsent Masons investigation into “the connections between Craig Whyte and former and current personnel of the Company and its subsidiaries” I wondered how the mainstream media might report matters.
The answer has come quickly.
The BBC has a story, which can be found here, headlined “RANGERS CONFIRM NO LINKS BETWEEN CRAIG WHYTE AND CHARLES GREEN.”
The Scotsman’s website has a similar story here. That has the headline – “RANGERS PROBE FINDS NO GREEN-WHYTE LINKS”.
The Daily Record’s headline, on its story here, is – “RANGERS’ INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION FINDS NO LINKS BETWEEN NEW REGIME AND CRAIG WHYTE”.
Maybe I am obtuse. Maybe I have problems reading. But the statement released to the Stock Exchange today, and reproduced in my earlier post, does not say any of the things mentioned in the headlines!
Mr Green is not mentioned at all, so there is no “confirmation” of there being no link between Messrs Green and Whyte. The Record headline, referring vaguely to the “new regime” might pass muster, but again it is not what the report summary produced says. That states that he had no involvement with the PLC which owns the company which owns the business and assets which make up the football club, nor with the company which owns the business and assets etc. By “new regime” does the Record mean the post Charles Green administration?
When stories are spun so blatantly, it ought to focus attention on who is briefing the press that the truth is in fact different from what the published story is – especially when we can all read the statement and see that the headlines do NOT reflect it!
So three leading media organisations in Scotland all produce headlines which misrepresent the report theya re commenting on!
However praise should go to STV news.
Under the headline – “NO LINKS BETWEEN CRAIG WHYTE AND RANGERS NEWCO” CLAIMS INVESTIGATION – it includes the following paragraph.
Rangers did not comment on the investigation’s findings on the alleged links between Mr Green, Mr Whyte and Sevco 5088 – a separate company which had an exclusive deal with Rangers’ administrators to buy the club’s assets.
That is one of the points I flagged up this morning, and well done to STV for raising it.
However, as Rangers have said that they will not comment any further because of Mr Whyte’s threatened legal action, there are unlikely to be answers given to the questions.
Posted by Paul McConville