Desperate times for Dunk. Hits are falling (really, really falling). Members are leaving in their droves. Time to fall back on an old favourite – THE SUN.
If you are new to this blog, you may not know this –
Duncan Oldham, dictator at Koptalk, knows about the boycott of The S*n. He chooses to not only ignore the boycott, but to make money out of the boycott. He knows that most Reds won’t read the Sun. So a story made up by the Sun will be news to most Reds who read it on Oldham’s website mid-morning. His hits go up, because he’s the only Liverpool site running that particular made-up story.
More often than not Dunk’s headlines are vague, created to make you click through. “Striker in talks with Liverpool” would turn out to be that one of the existing strikers with three years left on his current deal had mentioned he was already discussing his next contract extension. Every other site would say, “Players-name starts new contract talks”. Clear and honest. Unlike Dunk, who wanted you to think we had a new striker lined up and talking to the manager at Melwood.
Dunk does put player’s names into his headlines when it suits him – like when he’s taken a story from the Sun.
Like today. Yet again.
“Liverpool in for Real Madrid’s Woodgate”
Liverpool are reportedly trying to sign Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate.
Newspapers reports in the UK today claim that Rafa Benitez is interested in bringing the 26-year-old to Anfield on loan.
Wrong fatso. There is only one newspaper carrying that story today. I use the term “newspaper” loosely. It’s your favourite rag, The Sun. The paper that Liverpool supporters boycott, but Duncan Oldham has delivered. The paper that Liverpool Football Club refuse to allow their players to speak to, but Koptalk quote from whenever they can. And to say “Liverpool in for Real Madrid’s Woodgate” – bit of an exaggeration?
Numerous emails alerted me to Dunk’s latest Sun-loving story, it’s one of the issues that really gets people’s back up about Koptalk. Just as annoying is the fact that despite Dunk making sure nobody sees any mentions of other LFC websites by having his mods under orders to get rid of anything from his rival sites, he’s not at all bothered about stuff from the Sun. No need to delete anything that a poster takes from that rag. This morning was the worst example I’ve seen.
First of all, in post #1620063 at 6:32am, “bdee” mentions this story having been reported on the BBC’s gossip columnn. In fact at 8:40am Dunk or Steve logged in as “KOPTALK” in the Gold Club and cut and pasted the whole BBC gossip column into a post on their site (like they do every day), with their usual lie at the bottom: “The above content is prepared by BBC Sport. We are unable to edit it.” Balls. What that means is, “We know we should edit it to remove the references to the S*n, but we don’t care about the boycott.”
A few minutes after posting the BBC’s gossip, “bdee” comes back to add some more –
bdee Gold Member
Reged: Feb 13 2006
Re: Johnathon Woodgate? [Re: bdee]
#1620067 – Fri Aug 25 2006 06:38 AM
Here is the story:
Woody ready to Kop it
By ERIC BEAUCHAMP
——FULL ARTICLE CUT AND PASTED FROM THE SUN WAS HERE——
I wasn’t sure at first if that was where the article was from, I didn’t actually believe that anyone would do that. A quick search for “Eric Beauchamp” though in Google News and you get a long list of links to stories from the rag that lied about us.
There may not be any mods around at 6.38am, but you’d expect it to be gone as soon as someone comes online. No, not even two hours later, when Koptalk staff themselves logged on to cut and paste the BBC article and to use the article from the S*n as a basis for their front page.
The following people posted after “bdee” and none of them were at all concerned about the source of this story, or the fact that a fellow member of the forum had visited the rag’s website in order to cut and paste the full story.
Redsmail. Gold Member. Reged: Dec 10 2004. Posts: 73. Fri Aug 25 2006 11:01 AM
Lecter. Honorary Member. Reged: Feb 12 2003. Posts: 12417. Fri Aug 25 2006 11:07 AM
mario. Gold Member. Reged: Jun 09 2002. Fri Aug 25 2006 11:11 AM
Lecter (again) Fri Aug 25 2006 11:14 AM
tomasjj Honorary Member. Reged: Feb 17 2005. Posts: 6506. Loc: Oslo, Norway. Fri Aug 25 2006 11:15 AM
According to his profile, tomasjj is from Norway – perhaps he’s unaware of the boycott. Maybe “mario” and “Redsmail” are also from overseas. As for “Lecter” – well he’s not Chris Bascombe (despite what many KT members have been led to believe) and he should know about the boycott. Another reason could be that the posters (and others who’ve said nothing) are afraid they’ll be banned if they point anything out.
Koptalk is the only Liverpool website where Liverpool supporters can read stories from the S*n. S*n stories are one of the few exclusive services offered by Koptalk.
UPDATE: After I’d written the above, I went to News Now one last time to make sure the story wasn’t appearing on any other LFC sites. I found that Rafa had to responded to a question about Woodgate at the routine press conference. The official site quotes Rafa as saying, “We are not talking with Woodgate. It is a rumour and the first I heard of it was in the newspapers. There is no interest in this player.”
The only other place I found the story when I looked earlier on was in the Sunday People. Last Sunday – ARSENE GAMBLE ON CROCK WOODGATE.