It hard to find another football club that has been subject to as orchestrated a media campaign of lies and negative spin as Rangers Football Club. For Rangers, it now seems that the mainstream press has become a bigger threat than the blogging internet loonies. In almost all of what passes for newspapers in Scotland, Rangers are the main headline and everybody’s favourite bad guy.
The anti-Rangers hysterics has reached many peaks over the last four years but just when you think it can’t get any worse up pops the Daily Record. The lies told by the Record and its reports after the Cup Final riot say more about them than it does about Rangers or its supporters. The Record reported that Rangers supporters blocked police efforts to get to Hampden and stop the riot by putting their children in front of police vehicles. The IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation) upheld a complaint that this story was false and was not based on any evidence.
The Record was playing to the green side of Glasgow and the Scottish nationalists with their blind eye policy towards anything anti-Rangers when it printed its lies about the Cup Final. The world watched as Hibernian fans invaded the pitch and tried to goad the Rangers support into a fight. So when the truth hurts, tell lies and apportion some of the blame to Rangers, singing bad songs.
Why do they keep telling lies about Rangers? Because it sells papers, the haters obsession with Rangers will never end. Those who read the Record, mostly the haters, end up writing for the paper. Bloggers promoted beyond their credibility and newspapers unable to afford real journalists due to financial downsizing The media are part of the Establishment, an Establishment that doesn’t include Rangers Football Club. The more the media in this country has become tribal and less about printing serious opinions about Scotland and football, the more the lunatics and bigots have seized control. They are stuck in a world of tribalism and old world politics.
In the past four years Rangers have grown bigger and stronger to the utter disbelief of the haters who pass for journalists, and the 45% who lost the referendum struggle to come to terms with the fact that Rangers are a Scottish Institution, loved by millions and that isn’t going away. They literally can’t understand that simple situation.
They are trying to implant what they think an independent Scotland should be like and what fits their agenda and this is why they hate the Club, the songs, the colours and the fans with such deep feelings that lead them to print lies. Rangers don’t fit the mould of the 45% and should be marginalised or even better closed down.
Scotland as a country has a lot of problems from poverty, unemployment, sectarianism and education but Rangers are not one of them and that’s the truth.
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