It just goes to show that there is an amazing amount of websites out there that just churn out Arsenal transfer stories – with the word Benzema in the title – simply to get the clicks to increase their advertising revenue, but when a so-called National Daily newspaper does it, it gets even more annoying.
I just could not let this go without commenting because The Daily Star has simply gone too far this time. I saw an article this morning which rang true, including (unusually) an actual quote from his agent. “Karim is very happy at Real Madrid and he will be a Real Madrid player by the end of this transfer window, 1,000 per cent,” Karim Djaziri said. “Karim is not looking to move anywhere this summer.”
So I thought, “At last I can do a proper story, with a quote, showing he is NOT coming.” but then the next Daily Star story caught my eye. Just THIRTY MINUTES LATER, the Star ran another headline which read: “Karim Benzema to be unveiled as Arsenal player before kick-off against Liverpool”. This one was justified by printing a TWEET from that Italian writer Emanuele Giulianelli that said: “He [Benzema] will have a medical Monday early afternoon and be confirmed just before kick off. He will stay in 5 stars hotel London center.”
Looking at the tweet closely, you can see that it was posted on Twitter THREE DAYS ago, and is on a feed from a perennial attention-seeker who has been saying its a DONE DEAL since the transfer window opened (It’s not ‘All guns blazing’ is it?).
But the question has to be asked, do the writers of these two articles work in the same office? Does anyone do any editing of stories? If so how could these get posted just half an hour apart?
I think I am more inclined to believe a new quote from Benzema’s agent than a tweet from some nobody from three days ago…
How about you?