Anorak | Baroness Buscombe Explains How The McCanns Failed The Press

Baroness Buscombe Explains How The McCanns Failed The Press

by | 25th, February 2010

4663166 MADDIE WATCH Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s report on Press standards, privacy and libel has bad news for the PCC and the McCanns:

FOR three summers Anorak has brought you the media’s take on the Madeleine McCann disappearance.

Baroness Buscombe would like you to know that while the McCanns, the Tapas 7 and Robert Murat were being abused in print, the Press Complaints Commission was conducting “numerous discussions internally about the matter.

Baroness Buscombe is the PCC’s chairman. MPs have reported on the PCC and made their views known:

“In any other industry suffering such a collective breakdown … any regulator worth its salt would have instigated an inquiry. It is an indictment on the PCC’s record, that it signally failed to do so.”

You may recall that the story was at it apogee when the MPs were sporting yellow ribbons for Our Maddie in the debating chamber. Revolting it was. Mawish and revolting. Even more mawkish and revolting than the Mirror sticking a yellow ribbon on its masthead.

Says Buscombe on Radio 4:

“It’s very important to put it in context. What actually happened was that as soon as the story broke, the PCC was very much in touch with the McCann family and repeatedly offered to help.

“The McCanns and the PCC over the months that followed were in touch and indeed Gerry McCann in this inquiry actually praised the PCC for helping very much in terms of privacy matters relating to their other children.”

So the PCC

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