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Madeleine McCann: the Buzzfeed years

by | 14th, November 2015

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Madeleine McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child.

On November 7th, the Sun and Mirror  had news.

Mirror: “Gerry and Kate McCann reveal the reasons why they miss Maddie”

Well, she’s their young daughter. Surely we can imagine the reasons, which could go on for pages and pages until exhausted the bereft surmise: everything.

The parents of Madeleine McCann have compiled a heart-rending list of all the things they miss about their long-lost daughter in the run-up to Christmas.

It’s news?

The list accompanies a picture of the couple standing at their front door in Rothley, Leics. The photo, taken for the charity Missing People’s Home for Christmas Exhibition, is among 12 pictures of ­families who have missing loved ones.

Do we see the other in the Mirror ? No.

The exhibition – at The Crypt in London’s St-Martin-in-the-Fields – highlights the plight of thousands of people across Britain who are living in limbo after the disappearance of a family member.

It’s not news, then. It’s charity PR.

A charity spokesperson said: “These powerful images depict families standing by their front doors, symbolising the hopes and fears experienced by those desperately waiting for news.”

As ever, in place of any actual news on the missing child who became the media’s benchmark for all missing people, we get the same old:

The picture of heart doctor Gerry and former GP Kate , both 47, is on public view until November 22. The couple, parents to 10-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, refuse to give up hope of finding their eldest child, who would now be 12.

We don’t get to  know the names, jobs, ages of the others looking and waiting for missing people to return.

Missing People’s Jo Youle said: “The exhibition will give the public the opportunity to stand with these families missing a loved one by sharing messages of support.”

Stand with them? But you can’t stand with them. there is no enemy to sand firm against, unless forgetting is the encroaching intruder?

 

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The Sun also the Missing Maddie missing things list, here tastefully presented in the Buzzfeed style:

The 23 things we miss most about our Maddie, by Gerry and Kate McCann

In yer face, Closer :

 

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This is the Sun’s list:

Her smile
Her laughter
Her eyes
Her dimples
Her sense of humour
Her smartness
Her imitations of people and characters
Her voice, her ‘chat’
Her company
That knowing look
Her singing
Styling her hair
Chasing her round the garden
Sharing her excitement in the run-up to Christmas
Sharing anything
Spoiling her on her birthday
Shopping with her
Going to a cafe with her
Holding her, hugging her, kissing the top of her head
Lying next to her
Our complete family of five
Everything
We miss her

 

On Missing People,  we see other names of people being sought by loved ones:

 

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