I am thrilled by this
Whatever you believe when it comes to the McCann’s, I think you have to admit that the reporting of it all has been disgusting. People believe what they read in the papers. A lot of people took what they read as gospel, which is one of the reasons people have such a hatred for them. But if you took a step back and looked at what the papers were actually saying, if you read what evidence there actually was, all of it was nonsense. Pure speculation and rumour. Someone thought they heard/saw this. A friend of a friend knows this. Give me some actual hard evidence that they killed her and hid her body and I’ll be right there with you in condemning them, but you can’t, because there isn’t any.
This is not journalism, and it’s one of the reasons I spend a lot of my time in fury at what I read these days. Journalism used to mean something didn’t it? Wasn’t it about getting the truth to people? Actually having reliable sources, checking the facts, (using a spellcheck, proofreading)? The amount of utter drivel written (badly) these days is quite astounding. There seems to be no standards whatsoever for what can and can’t be published. If someone writes a load of crap that turns out to be false, people believe it, because any kind of retraction is hidden at the bottom of page 15.
There’s another good example of sloppy journalism here looking at the Clinton/Obama insanity and how it is twisted in whichever way people want it to be. How do we stand a chance of figuring it all out when things are turned around in such a way?
So this, this makes me happy. I want people to take a look at what they read, and what they believe straight off the bat, and actually think about it. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of it, probably still am at times, because it is easy to believe the worst in people, especially when these people are famous, celebrities who seem to have everything. That’s our way isn’t it? Build you up and knock you down. But it’s maybe even more disgusting when it’s people who have had something tragic happen to them, and we all can’t wait to jump on the bandwagon calling for them to be strung up.
I’m really hoping it changes, and that I can start to read something without wondering where the writer’s bias lies, but I can’t see it happening anytime soon.