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    NWRA
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    *please forgive the grammar error (I’m an idiot).

    Does anyone else find it disturbing the way Sky News is revelling in the news of the kidnapping, camping near the hotel, telling us to wear yellow ribbons of Hope and to visit their website and download posters of Maddie, to offer ‘support’?

    It was particularly creepy on Saturday (her birthday) when Kay Burley was presented with a birthday cake which the crew had baked for the girl… er, to offer ‘support’ (what does that mean?).

    This curious mix of sentimentality-and-ghoulishness is, of course, the specialist subject of the tabloids, and The Sun are doing their thing with headlines about little angels and soft-focus pictures of Madeleine saying ‘please find me!’. I think its in bad taste for celebrities to use this as an opportunity to promote themselves as benign, caring sorts too. What else is the point of David Beckham making a press conference asking for information? as if anyone would have information and not bother to report it, and then see Beckham’s plea and change their mind for the sake of ‘golden balls’.

    The church services and charity marathons seem reminiscent of Diana’s death to me. Most people want to feel part of a community: youths can join the Hadouken! street team, while middleaged women can throw themselves into a collective mania of grief. I guess its all emotionally purging, like the way some women enjoy reading those ‘true life’ stories in Woman’s Own (always about someone who has been ‘betrayed’) and imagining they’re the subject. They all want a piece of the tragedy…

    I suppose from all of this coverage, there is one thing we should be thankful for: we now know that Portugal is officially a nation of paedophiles (well, according to Sky). <br>

    (Edited by NWRA at 6:41 pm on May 13, 2007)

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    Lovely Lady
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    NWRA, your post was agreeable until the anti women rant in the 4th paragraph, at least that’s how it seemed to me.   Obviously we cannot rely on you to share our emotional outpourings.

    #105189
    cormack15
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    The reason Sky/tabloids pursue this particular course is that they believe it reflects the ‘general’ mood of the populace.

    Whether it reflects the mood or creates the mood is a moot point.

    #105190
    NWRA
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    Quote: from Lovely Lady on 9:47 pm on May 13, 2007[br]NWRA, your post was agreeable until the anti women rant in the 4th paragraph, at least that’s how it seemed to me.   Obviously we cannot rely on you to share our emotional outpourings.

    True, I should have rephrased that as it does make me sound like someone with rather Victorian views. Obviously I’m not talking about all womankind, rather a certain (stereo)type, a minority which is nonetheless very noticable, i.e., the kind who rushed out to buy as many copies of Candle In The Wind as they could afford.<br>

    #105191
    jilly
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    I typed a long reply to this-but have scrapped it.Suffice to say that whatever/however the news care to portray this…This poor child is almost certainly dead.

    I hope and pray that i’m wrong.As for the parents neglect-let’s just say that they are suffering enough to have blame proportioned to them at this time.

    #105192
    Jilly King
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    Quote: from jilly on 12:09 am on May 14, 2007[br]I typed a long reply to this-but have scrapped it.Suffice to say that whatever/however the news care to portray this…This poor child is almost certainly dead.

    I hope and pray that i’m wrong.As for the parents neglect-let’s just say that they are suffering enough to have blame proportioned to them at this time.

    Yes, I totally agree with you here – there really is nothing more that can be said at all.

    #105193
    seabird
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    In fairness to "Goldenballs", if he was asked to do the appeal, he would have found himself in a "no-win" situation of being damned by the media if he didn’t do it and criricised by the public for doing it.

    Colin

    #105194
    Katy
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    I’m sorry, but i have to beg to differ.  I’ve just watched an inerview on TV with Ben Needhams mother, he disappeared in Kos 16 years ago and he nor his body have ever been found.  She belives that if they had the media coverage and global communication the McCann’s have had he may of been found, the British media weren’t involved until  a week after he went missing, by then he could have been anywhere.

    In cases such as this they need to get her face everywhere so people know about her, last week on the news they were in a spanish village just over the border and probably only 50% of the people asked recognised who she was.  Imagine one of those people had seen her but didn’t know her from Adam that could be important information to pass on to the police.  

    I don’t have a problem with David Beckham getting involved, simalary Ronaldo as they are both well known faces in Spain & Portugal, and bby putting their appeals on Spanish TV its getting into another audience and if that helps find her alive, and catch the sicko who took her then all the better.  

    I hope to god that shes found alive, her parents must be going through hell, I don’t think i’d cope if my little boy went missing (i wouldn’t have left him on his own for a start but thats a different matter)

    #105195
    Small Bear
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    I have agree with both opinions…it’s all about balance.  At the end of the day the more anyone can do to help find her the better, but at the same time the tone and the hype used by the media is a little out of context and in slight bad taste…her life isn’t worth any more than all the many other people/children who go missing every day…that doesn’t mean that the press shouldn’t get involved, it’s the way they do that gets to me.  It’s almost like the story becomes the most important thing, and to be seen to be involved is the important thing, rather than the little girl.  It’s just a little like jumping on a band wagon…if they did it in a different way and less sensationalised then I’d have no problem with the coverage.

    #105196
    dave jay
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    The media coverage is quite disturbing, but they should be plastering this girls name all over Europe and increase the chance of getting her back. I know its not good but what else are the media to do ?

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    davidbrady
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    Fairly interesting article here about part of the reason why Sky News act the way they do.

    IMO there is more emphasis being placed on the parents’ grief (for want of a better word) than there is on the actual investigation.

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    dave jay
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    That’s some link there Jilly-King .. unfortunately the use of the whip in horse racing is pretty well regulated, can’t raise the elbow higher than shoulder height and all that. Unlike whipping wimpy blokes that deserve a good clubbing every now and then.<br>:biggrin:

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