Monday, 14 May 2007

Taking the rough with the smooth

Last week I commented on what I saw as neglect on the part of Madeleine McCann's parents. It's not something that's gone down well, but it's reassuring to know I'm not the only cold-hearted monster who's dared to speak out on the issue.

While the mainstream media stay quiet and focus instead on the ongoing investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, the BBC's editors blog carries a few comments from disgruntled readers who, like me, can't understand the reluctance in the press to report what is on most people's minds. It's all very well arguing that to do would be an intrusion into the lives of the McCann family, or that it would be detrimental to the progress of the police's work, but that hasn't stopped the media - BBC included - from creating a media circus around the situation.

The same BBC blog reports that they've resisted the temptation to which other news organisations have succumbed, in broadcasting 'news' which turns out to be nothing more than rumours. To do that is without a doubt irresponsible journalism and wholly unhelpful in finding Madeleine. But both here and in Portugal there exists a free press. The McCanns rightly appreciate that they need media publicity as the search for Madeleine goes on, but they have to accept too that they're going to come in for some flak, and will need to learn to take the rough with the smooth.


Chairman Mo said...

Possibly it is good that the press keeps its nose out of the parenting styles of private individuals.

Chris said...

Does that include situations where evident child abuse is taking place? Abuse and neglect go hand in hand and, as I've said before, to leave three children all under 5 alone in an apartment while out having tapas with friends, is clearly neglect.

Chairman Mo said...

Oh and I don't think any of what the McCanns are going thorugh can be described as 'smooth'.