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Madeleine McCann and ME: The media experts muse on the missing child

MADELEINE McCann: A daily round-up of media mentions of the missing child, featuring Tony Parsons and Lorraine Kelly…

Tony Parsons (Daily Mirror): “Madeleine McCann and her parent’s love that will never die”

Seeing the picture of how Madeleine might look today brought home again the suffering of the McCanns, a mountain of ­unimaginable pain

Tony Parsons has written about Madeleine McCann before.

The human megaphone has wondered about where his child has gotten to; he has invited the Portuguese ambassador to “shut your stupid sardine-munching mouth”; he has seen Jesus; and he has seen a link between the missing child and the murders of Catherine and Ben Mullany on honeymoon in Antigua.

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Posted: 28th, April 2012 | In: Key Posts, Madeleine McCann | Comment (1)

Madeleine McCann: Sofa So Terrible As Lorraine Kelly Explains

MADELEINE McCann – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: Kate and Gerry McCann are on GMTV with Lorraine Kelly. The McCanns are talking. Their children Sean and Amelie are talking, too:

The Mail (front page): “Police have given up on Maddie says McCanns”

Page 11: “McCanns beg police to start again in the search for Madeleine”

Did they ever look to begin with – really look?

Leicestershire Police has carried out its own inquiries as has the taxpayer-funded Child Exploitation and On-Line Protection Centre. But neither is actively seeking the little girl.

But she has been looked for:

The three-year saga has already cost UK taxpayers nearly £500,000.

More can be done. Always more can be done because Our Maddie has not been found.What of the facts?

The couple, from Rothley, Leicestershire, told GMTV’s Lorraine Kelly it was ‘incredibly frustrating’ that police in Portugal and the UK are not doing more to find Maddie…

The Sun (front page): “We’ve finally told twins that Maddie was stolen”

Pages 14-15: It’s an exclusive with Lorraine Kelly.

“Mummy was a doctor but now her job is to find Madeleine – WHAT TWIN TOLD SCHOOLGIRL PAL”

Lorraine Kelly has already scored an interview with the McCanns on the GMTV sofa. Now she writes of that meeting.

KATE and Gerry McCann are making plans for their daughter’s seventh birthday – but the little girl will not be opening her presents or blowing out the candles on her cake.

They light the candles? Not that much light is shone on what happened to Our Maddie. On a brighter note, at least each birthday is marked in the national press. The missing child continues to feature. But what is the purpose of the article?

Kate told me: “Her birthday is actually much more difficult than May 3rd. It is a day when we should be celebrating Madeleine – and celebrating WITH Madeleine.”

This is pain exposed. But how does this help find the missing girl? We are staring at the parents. They are inviting us to stare. But we must be careful what we say. Kate and Gerry McCann are innocent. And they are also litigious. Still, Lorraine Kelly isn’t looking at the facts nor for the child – she too is watching the parents:

Kate is bone thin and looks very fragile and, while Gerry might appear to be coping well on the outside, you can clearly see the pain in his eyes.

They both have a haunted, strained look but somehow they manage to get through the day.

Well, they don’t always look like that. And while the stress has been manifest, Gerry McCann has always looked remarkably together and composed in front of the media. And Kate McCann look pretty good.

Time, now, for an anecdote:

Kate, a GP, said that one of Sean’s playmates had asked her “Are you a doctor?” She recalled: “Sean just came in and said, ‘Mummy was a doctor but her job now is to find Madeleine’. He was straight in there. So they understand that we have got a lot of support.”

The kids are now talking:

Kate said: “I think it was last year Amelie said to me, ‘Has Madeleine run away?’
“And she kept asking me in a public place so it was a bit tricky at first, and she said, ‘Because it’s not nice to run away’.

“That really upset me because I thought I don’t want her to think that Madeleine is at fault. So, probably about the third time she asked when we were at home we just explained that someone had taken Madeleine.”


“But we tried to make them understand in as gentle a way as possible. It’s a bit like stealing, you know. That’s how they understand it. So they know someone has taken her and they know it is wrong.”

Try not to spread the fear in kids’ minds. You know, like thsoe adverts for Our Maddie before Shrek the Third. Whodunnit?

Gerry said: “They believe it was a man that took her. It was a naughty man and we need to try and find them. So part of what they say is that mummy is working to try and help find Madeleine.”

Such are the facts. Kelly says that the story of Our Maddie has “a dark side”. Yep, darker than a child going missing.

Kate and Gerry found themselves accused of being neglectful parents and even complicit in Madeleine’s disappearance.

Is that dark? But the story is not about the parents. It’s about finding the missing child, isn’t it? Can we speculate? Gerry McCann says we can:

“What I would say is people have got to put themselves in our position and ask what would you do if it was your daughter?”

Well… What would you do? Imagine if your child went missing. There for the grace of god, and all that. A child goes missing and we all get to play along. And the Government can join in, too:

In their ongoing campaign, Kate and Gerry would dearly love to see a full government review of the case.

Gerry said: “It is not right that an innocent, vulnerable British citizen is, essentially, given up on. We don’t think it is right that, as parents, we have to drive the search. Of course, we will but not everyone has the same resources that we have had.”

No word on Our Maddie in the Daily Star, Daily Express and Daily Mirror (which long ago dispensed with its yellow ribbon).

So much for the reporting. What of the actual case:

“The benefits of biometric systems… In the case of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (2007), the UK police asked visitors at the Resort in Portugal in the two weeks prior to child’s disappearance to provide any photographs of passers-by for use in a biometric facial recognition system….”

Our Maddie – pictures:


Posted: 28th, April 2010 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (21)

London Marathon Pictures: Princess Beatrice, No Drugs Tests And

A LIFETIME into the BBC’s televised London Marathon and Sue Barker is trailing the Badminton Horse Trials. This is how telly used to be before the BBC closed down with a burst of the National Anthem: patrician, patronising and prosaic.

As for the runners, there are few things more boring that watching people run around, unless they are puking their guts out from both ends under Tower Bridge, pulling off their toenails along with their running shoes or a celebrity.


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Princess Beatrice at the start of The London Marathonin Blackheath, London.

Here’s a question: are celebrities drugs tested before and after they run the Marathon? Do you get tested for testosterone on the course? And where do you get testosterone from: a friend; the Goucho Club; toilet seats?

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Posted: 25th, April 2010 | In: Sports | Comments (11)

Madeleine McCann: Rewarding Lorraine Kelly In Pictures

THE Third anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance approaches. May 3 2010 will mark the day. And Madeleine McCann’s parents are to be interviewed by Lorraine Kelly on the GMTV sofa. It is billed as their only TV interview to mark the day.

Says the Mirror.

“Lorraine’s been very supportive of the family,” said a source. “This is a thank you and a reminder that she’s still missing.”

A thank you to Lorraine Kelly by appearing on her show? This is how top celebrities and minor royals behave. And this is the same understanding Kelly who opeined on the matter of Josef Fritzl:

“The Austrian police should have a massive recruitment drive and set up a special unit to search every single cellar in their entire country. Who knows what more vile horrors would be revealed.” The cops should “start arming themselves with pickaxes, torches and strong stomachs and start searching those cellars”.

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Posted: 22nd, April 2010 | In: Madeleine McCann | Comments (10)

Obama Death Cult: George Bush Warns, Sarah Palin Threatens And Lorraine Kelly Hopes

THE Barack Obama Death Cult: George Bush warns, Palin threatens and Lorraine Kelly Hopes

FOX NEWS: The first Bush-Obama meeting.

Four years ago, Obama and other newly elected members of the Senate were invited to the White House for a breakfast meeting with Bush, who pulled the young Chicagoan aside.

(Image: Beau Bo D’Or)

“Obama!” Bush exclaimed, according to Obama’s account of the meeting in his second memoir, “The Audacity of Hope.” “Come here and meet Laura. Laura, you remember Obama. We saw him on TV during election night. Beautiful family. And that wife of yours — that’s one impressive lady.”

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Posted: 10th, November 2008 | In: Politicians | Comments (3)