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April Jones: media ‘buzzards’ feast on Machynlleth

by | 5th, October 2012

SUSAN Lee writes of April Jones in the Liverpool Echo of the people looking for the missing five-year-old:

But while we shake our heads in sorrowful disbelief there is comfort, albeit small, to be drawn from this terrible episode and it is this: there is more good in the world than bad.

Machynlleth has proved it.

What? The despair of a small town’s residents looking for a lost child is a sign that humanity is ok? The kidnap and possible murder of a child carries a message? Machynlleth stands for nothing other than filler in a hack’s comment page.

Sturdy Blog notes:

This is a village in grief. Denial is a perfectly legitimate first stage to dealing with it. Like wicked buzzards the media appears to be saying: “Excuse me, but we’re on a schedule here. Could you get on with it? We would like good close-up shots of anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance before the day is out. Thanks.”

How about leaving them the hell alone? Anyone with a shred of humanity? No.

Kay Burley was intruding. She was not showing. She was telling. She became the story. We are keen to see. But the 24-hours news cycle creates its own narrative. The grieving are reduced to actors in the rolling show and those edited highlights packages.

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File photo dated 16/5/2013 of DC Fred Hunter from the media crime unit holding a bike belonging to April Jones' friend, (who cannot be named), in Mold, north Wales, as the jury has today viewed a car belonging to murder suspect Mark Bridger and the bike that was being ridden by schoolgirl April Jones on the night she went missing. Former slaughterhouse worker Mark Bridger has been found guilty of abducting and murdering schoolgirl April Jones.



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