Breaking News on Sky …the father of two former England footballing brothers has been arrested by police investigating an indecent assault. There are no charges.
I dare say that it is a sad fact that many people are arrested over indecent assault and I dare say in many cases there arrest charge. Few are “Breaking News” on Sky TV. Indecent assault is a terrible thing…and to be arrested must also be pretty traumatic …especially if there are no charges.
What makes this “newsworthy” on tabloid television news is the connexion to two more famous footballers…whose names are reported even though they have not been arrested. One brother will likely be playing in front of 30,000 people at the weekend. It is likely that an element in the crowd will seek to discomfort the player by drawing attention to his fathers arrest.
Its what football crowds do. Think John Terry. Think John Terry’s mother and the shoplifting incident.
Journalism at its worst or simply “news”. It seems that the arrest of their father hnot nothing to do with the brothers.
Thats tabloid television. Some tabloid blogging on Slugger O’Toole by Sheldon. Yesterday an actress called Aoife Madden (me neither but she is on IMDb) was jailed in London for five years…fraud.
She is the neice of Conor Murphy Sinn Fein MP for Newry-Armagh. Which begs the question as to why some media outlets report the connexion and others don’t. Is Mr Murphy his neice’s keeper. She is 31 years old for Gods sake. If he ever baby sat her its a long time ago.
There is of course a case for saying that Sheldon is merely pointing out the different treatment that this story is given. There is even a case for saying that I am doing the same. And there is a case for saying that there is a lot of er…criminality connected to Sinn Fein but this hardly fits the bill this time.
There is even a case for saying that Sheldon who is at heart a troll is stirring things up a bit. Throwing a bone for Sluggers partisans to chew…and he will hand out yellow and red cards from the moral high ground.
And there is a case that Catholics/republicans/nationalists like me are children of a lesser GOD and more prone to immorality and criminality than our Protestant and unionist neighbours. This is not an enlightened view but one that has a lot of currency in the sectarian cesspit of Norn Iron.
And there’s a case to be made that Sheldon doesn’t like Sinn Fein very much and has seized upon an event to rather enthusiastically embarrass Sinn Fein.
I am rather thankful that I cannot be held responsible for the behaviour of my extended family. Yet it should be no bar to me entering public life. Unless Sheldon is on the case.
Yet Glass Houses and Stones. The lesson for all Bloggers is keep an eye on nephews anot neices. Karma is a bitch.