Victoria Police openly clapped for and complimented Western Sydney Wanderers’ active support, the Red and Black Bloc, following Saturday’s match. Officers coordinating RBB’s march spoke highly of the fans. Where are those reports?
Football is under attack by the uneducated who feign credibility by referring to either their jobs or longevity in a foreign industry (yes, I’m talking about those AFL reporters). It has been reiterated a plethora of times, but the message requires more attention. Put simply, at least 90 per cent of all reporting on Australian football and the A-League competition is innacurate, incomplete, or fuelled by propaganda. No detailed report by a research company is required to realise this.
Furthermore, it is subject to racial stereotyping (for example, Herald Sun’s Baz Blakeney’s racial outburst on February 17 for which he should be sacked), blatant disregard for humanity (such as 3AW’s Tom Elliott’s mockery of the deaths of 96 fans at what is known as the Hillsborough disaster), intentional targeting, and an array of other media techniques designed to attract views or clicks regardless of the damage caused by misinformation.
This means anything from selecting certain video clips over others (like the display of some broken chairs but no showcasing of passionate supporters singing in unity and celebration), or choosing to create incomplete articles that ignore positivities (as we saw following the most recent Melbourne Derby where there was greater focus on Melbourne Victory’s banner than the amazing efforts by both MV and Melbourne Heart fans). This is definitely not exclusive to football, although the code has gained far too much attention during the AFL and NRL off-seasons for things that are far too insigificant to mention, let alone propagate repeatedly.
Why does this occur? The headline sums it up.
The media gets its money from public attention. These journalistst are desperate for it, and therefore will create any spin necessary in order to grab views. It is desperation at best. Common decency, reality, and honesty does not exist with many news oulets. Let’s be honest: the media spends more time looking for ways to promote fans unfairly than it does reporting the actual games being played. There was an article with ‘flare’ in the headline before the Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers spectacle had even concluded.
Basically, football fans are demanding to be represented properly. This will not be achieved by standing by. I encourage supporters to not only use social media and public advocacy to voice their opinions, but blatantly call out those who are looking to damage football. More importantly, perhaps, do not give any publications, may they be magazines, web sites, newspapers, or television news outlets, the luxury of your attention. Each click and view attracts the advertiser dollar. If no one is looking at the content, it will not be created.
Finally, continue to make the terraces, stadiums, and surrounding suburbs echo with your chants. Never be subdued by the thoughts of uneducated journalists. They have zero relation to the code, nor will their thoughts make any sort of impact on the sport. Those folks at Sunrise can recycle clips of flares as much as they want, but the reality is that the stories are as redundant as their roles.
My personal message to all Australians, both fans and those who do not follow the sport, is beware. Do not insult your own integrity and decency by subjecting your mind to the propaganda coordinated by both commercial and independent sources. No one is asking you to fall in love with it. Just like I do not enjoy golf, for example, many will not enjoy football. At the end of the day, though, the important factor is respect; perhaps this is best summed up in the Australian ‘fair go’ ideology, which seems to be dissipating, if it has not already vanished.
Football is not a perfect code, but perfection cannot and will never be found in any sport. The anger shared by A-League fans is not at the competition receiving coverage, but rather the bias used by the media.
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