Long term followers of this blog will know how much we hate Fake News, Twitter ITK’s and media outlets (both blogs and MSM) that generate transfer news for hits, clicks and ad revenue.
The recent news about Nacho Monreal having his “contract terminated” shows how easy it is to get Fake News into the mainstream.
At 16:50 yesterday, The Sun published an article about how Nacho Monreal’s contract had been “terminated” as Arsenal were looking to shave money off their wage bill to make space for Kieran Tierney.
Straight away alarm bells were ringing.
Monreal’s contract was due to expire at the end of last month. There had ben reported that he had signed a 1 year extension but nothing was officially announced.
What we do know is on the last day of the season, we said goodbye to Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey, but not Monreal. Indicating he had a new contract. The Spaniard also did not appear on the list of released players.
This all pointed to Monreal signing his new one year deal. It was then baffling that Arsenal would terminate his contract.
Had Arsenal terminated the contract, they would have had to have paid its value up in full – around £3.3million. This makes no sense. They would be better off letting him know that he could join another club on a free transfer.
Terminating Monreal’s contract would not see Arsenal lower their costs as they would have to pay that contract off.
The more realistic story is that it will be Saed Kolasinac sold with Tierney replacing the Bosnian. This will generate a bigger fee and further reduce the wage bill.
At this point both The Sun and The Daily Record (in Scotland) were running this story of Monreal having had his contract terminated. They both quoted the same source – NBC journalist Gerry Stuart.
Why would an American journalist have the inside scope on things happening at Arsenal?
A Google of his name along with NBC fails to bring up a single article written by Gerry Stuart. Not for NBC or any other media outlet. Does he even exist?
Back to The Sun’s story and they have a link to their source. It forwards you to Gerry Stuart’s Twitter account where he broke the news; and where he has also broken the news that Alexandre Lacazette has signed a new contract.
But then it does not take you to Gerry Stuart’s Twitter Account. Instead we see this:
So this NBC journalist who is breaking news about Arsenal on his Twitter account has his Twitter account suspended.
This brings you to the only possible conclusion. That it was someone pretending to be a journalist for attention.
The Monreal situation highlights how easy it is to spread Fake News.
The Sun, The Daily Record and others failed to verify the source of the news, they failed to check with any of their own sources. Instead they wend ahead and published the news.
Fake News is not just a football problem – although football has suffered from it for decades. It is now more important for media outlets to be fast rather than truthful when publishing news. Get the article up, fact check it later.
Off the back off The Sun’s story, blogs and Twitter accounts ran with it. Fuelling the fire further. Yet there was no factual basis for the story.
One of the AFTV “vloggers” filmed himself for 31 minutes for a video titled “Has Monreal Agreed To Terminate His Contract?”
It was literally someone making it up.
So let this be a lesson to everyone. Do not believe everything you read. Do Your Own Research. And just because loads of people are saying it on Twitter, it does not make it true.