The Mirror’s Lies About Everton & Zaha Show Journalism At Its Worst

0 Posted by - May 21, 2018 - News

We need to talk about the Daily Mirror, who appear desperate to rock the boat in relation to Wilfried Zaha’s future at Crystal Palace, despite the club and Zaha himself having consistently denied reports that he’s set to leave SE25 for pastures new this summer.

On Sunday morning, The Mirror were at it again, claiming that Everton had “entered the race” to land the 25-year-old, alongside the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City. At this stage, it’s difficult to imagine what else anyone can do to stop the national press from writing about Zaha’s potential departure from Selhurst Park, with those behind the scenes at The Mirror in particular seemingly happy to print outright lies in the pursuit of newspaper sales and daily web traffic.

Yes, plenty are now quick to warn fellow supporters not to pay any attention to the constant articles being churned out about Wilf but with the transfer window set to be open for just under three months more, I don’t see why supporters, the club or indeed Zaha himself should be forced to endure constant questions about a possible switch, when everyone that matters has gone on record to dismiss it altogether on countless occasions already.

Zaha has four years left to run on the five-year deal he penned with Palace last summer, is taking home around £100,000 a week and is the first name on Roy Hodgson’s team-sheet whenever he’s available for selection. The player himself is known to love his life in the Eagles set-up and has no desire to move ahead of the 2018/19 season and yet, The Mirror continue to go full steam ahead on spurious tales linking him with all manner of moves each week.

In modern journalism, “Search Engine Optimisation” is king, meaning that an opportunity to get the likes of Liverpool, Spurs, Man City and Everton into the same story is too tantalising for many sub-editors to turn down. Is it honourable? No. Will it inspire a long-term sense of trust between The Mirror and its readers? No. Do they care? Clearly not.

Of course, each new story will provoke a fresh sense of uncertainty amongst supporters but as time goes by, The Mirror’s reputation is taking an absolute battering. Perhaps they’re struggling to adapt to a landscape in which fans are more clued up than ever before but there is one simple way to win back the trust and respect of a sceptical public.

Stop telling lies for clicks.

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6 Comments

  • Brian Sephton May 21, 2018 - 5:55 am Reply

    As an Evertonian I see your point but the reality is he wouldn’t come to Goodison anyway if the others linked are true ,having said that he would move for a lot more money that is for sure ,all this crap about it being a short working life and all that . As far as Everton are concerned how do they know anything about what is planned ,we don’t even have a man at the helm yet .

  • John Day May 21, 2018 - 6:32 am Reply

    as an Evertonion and reading this you need to take your tainted glasses off firstly Zaha will never come out and publicly tell your fans he wants out secondly he seems very ambitious and he isn’t getting champions league football any time soon at palace or Everton for that matter (although thats moshiris aim and is willing to do whatever it takes to get us there) and you said he has a 4 year contract well that means nothing all that does is get you a top price the question you need to ask is if Liverpool or City come in with a big bid is Zaha willing to go to a club and be back up and try to force his way into the first 11 (very difficult at those clubs with current form as klopp and pep won’t want to change their attacking third) will he see Everton as a stepping stone to show he is ready to play for one of the top 6 my guess is no as if he plays regularly for you guys he has no need to move to us this summer as like you we don’t offer European football so as I said that leaves City or Liverpool for me and then it’s a choice of starter at you or back up at them we will see

    • admin May 21, 2018 - 9:30 am Reply

      John, with all due respect, you’re looking at the Zaha story with what is quite clearly (and this isn’t your fault, just a result of circumstance) a very narrow understanding of what has brought him to this stage as a top transfer target for a number of huge clubs.

      I could easily write a 2,000 word reply documenting why Zaha (and the club) are unlikely to actively entertain the idea of a move but you would stop reading because, as I mentioned in the first paragraph, you have little care or inclination to get to grips with the background to my view on the topic.

  • MickeyBlueEyes May 21, 2018 - 9:49 am Reply

    Admin, you are of course right in your criticism of not just the Mirrror but the sporting press in general. As another Evertonian, we’ve put up with this kind of non sensical speculation a lot over the years, and you have to accept sometimes that it’s that time of year when the press has to enter the world of fiction to sell papers, or, as you put it get clicks. Zaha’s name in an article will always be an eye catcher, and is sure to attract attention, but, unless Everton offer him unbelievable wages, he won’t go there, which, you’re right makes this not necessarily lies, more wide speculation.

    • admin May 21, 2018 - 10:11 am Reply

      It’s the constant use of his name in relation to potential moves despite definitive statements to the contrary from the man himself which gets under my skin, Mickey.

  • Pete Burch May 21, 2018 - 3:23 pm Reply

    I’ve voted with my feet, so to speak, by refusing to click on the link to The Mirror’s story. That’ll teach ’em.
    But, since the mainstream media just feed us a pack of lies and propaganda all the time anyway, there is no reason to suggest that their sports pages should be any more principled.

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