The speed with which some of you have bought into the McCanns and Tony Bennett's malevolent publicity has left me shaken if not stirred. In order to cling onto and indeed promote the negativity of what is being said, you have grasped onto the negative aspects of the article and disregarded the positive in its entirety. I was concerned the Sun readers may not have been able to read between the lines, I didn't expect it from people I thought were on the same side.
The article was about TROLLS, I was an interviewee, I had no control whatsoever over what was published, yet some have assumed that I ALONE wrote it, edited it and placed it under a sensational headline. The article was by Martin Daubney, NOT Sonia Poulton. He approached Sonia because he knew she was working on a McCann documentary and knew several people who, as campaigners, could be classed as trolls and he wanted someone who was willing to be identified. I was asked to do it and I accepted because imo, ANYTHING that gets the message out there is worth a try, and lets face it, having used my own name and face this past 8 years, my reputation has already been torn to shreds. All you honourable and anonymous people have been spared the threats and abuse that myself and a handful of others have had to put up with, yet when I get an opportunity to defend myself you are first in the queue with the knives. Live and learn.
I do hope that when the dust settles, people will begin to see the bigger picture. Whether I or indeed any of us are trolls matters not one iota to the case of missing Madeleine. The public are now beginning to see the light as far as the McCanns' chosen form of campaigning is concerned, the death of Brenda Leyland hit hard. How many Sun readers do you think will agree with McCann trolls phoning a distressed woman in the middle of the night saying (dead) 'Mummy here' and 'why don't you kill yourself'?
To all those protesting or who may have wanted to do the interview themselves, would they have come across any better than I did? Would Sun readers for example empathise with Tony Bennett, Rothley Pillow, Ben Thompson, Zora or indeed any of the more extreme activists who campaign for Maddie? Would they have portrayed 'you all' in a good light?
And then there are those who have taken the moral highground. 'How could you?' they shriek, The Sun, of all tabloids? Couldn't you have found a small clean living publication where the proprietors and journalists are pillars of the society and their readership hold clean CRB's? The only way to get the news out there is honourably, even if it only reaches 10 people and a couple of goats. Failing that, just go back to discussing the ins and outs of the case for next 8 years and tear viciously into anyone who dares to step out of line putting your (anonymous) reputations at risk.
The McCanns are desperate to stop Sonia Poulton's documentary whatever the cost and the knives are well and truly out. Of course, they don't have to worry too much about the cost at the moment, what with so many anti's jumping onboard to fight their corner. In the case of the McCanns, they prove again and again how easy it is to manipulate public opinion. Create an enemy and all join in for the kill, it brings people together in a way that nothing else can.
So many anti's now using lines directly from the death dossier compilers site JATYK2, it is almost impossible to tell them apart, I'm getting a real taste of how Brenda must have felt when she went off to that hotel room on her own. I have a good idea behind the reasoning for this call for blood, but I won't be phased by it. I will continue to do the same as I have for last 8 years, I will keep asking those questions, and I will keep trying to get the truth out to a wider audience.
As for the Sun article, we should be discussing trolling, what is a troll? Who are they? Should there be 'trolling laws'? Should people like myself be allowed to post on the internet? Look at the bigger picture. The article raises questions that need to be asked, or before we know it, we will have legislation that will swiftly bring an end to any future discussions like these.
The article in the Sun was yesterday's news, lets hope it leads to the very thing the McCanns do not want. More questions.