In response to interfering with the investigation and timing of Sonia's documentary.
When Sonia began her documentary, this case had been going on for 7 years and looked likely to be going on for another 7 more. Questions needed to be asked, it started the ball rolling.
As an experienced and professional journalist, she understands the difference between investigating a story that is of public interest, and interfering with the due legal process. Sonia, unlike a few of the loons who have attached themselves to this case, has a bit of common sense! And, like the rest of us, wants justice for the child and for Brenda Leyland, who is still, disrespectfully, being referred to as a troll.
Unfortunately, the most prolific commentators on this case have no understanding of how the media world, or indeed, the real world, works. They judge the media by their own 'high' principles and standards, that is 'don't talk to her, she is no better than she ought to be'. This of course shuts them into a cloistered little society with limited membership, lets face it, most of us wouldn't be good enough, lol.
But back to the media. The powers that be, whether they like it or not, are kept in check by public opinion. We live in a democracy, if the public don't like you, you are going nowhere. These How to Win Friends and Influence People wars are now being fought on social media. Twitter and Facebook are the Cullodens and the Waterloos of the 21st Century, you live or die by your 140 character missiles.
In the past, bad news, and negative publicity could be hidden by a sensational story that might drop in out of the blue, or one that could be manufactured out of something that has been lying around for 6 months. But this is not a lesson in media, lol, the role of the investigative journalist is to tackle injustice on the public's behalf If it were not for the fact that the public DEMAND to be informed, then the powers that be would be able to get away with pretty much anything. The first thing on any wannabe tyrant or despot's checklist, is censor the press. Brave journalists like Sonia Poulton should be applauded, anyone remember Watergate?
In the case of missing Madeleine McCann, the public were asking why no-one had been prosecuted, and why the authorities could not see what they could. The public had also witnessed so many clumsy and transparent attempts to shut them up, resulting in the death of an innocent woman, that serious questions were being asked, and the MSM were not listening! And it wasn't just a few cranks in a seedy internet forum who were questioning the abduction story, it was thousands, thousands of ordinary people like Brenda Leyland. People who were not members of weird cults.
Sonia took a huge leap, when she began making her documentary, she has been asking the questions we have all been asking for the last 8 years, and she has been asking the right people! What she has done has been beyond courageous, as many of us have discovered asking the wrong questions can seriously affect your life and career! This case has attracted some of the most malevolent creatures in our midst, people dedicated to destroying the lives and careers of others for the sheer pleasure of it.
Is she in league with Murdoch? Good heavens, presumably whilst not having drinks with James Bond, she is cavorting on the back of a horse with Rupert? Sonia took a huge risk when she began her documentary, but she has survived, not only has she survived, but she remains as popular as ever and is welcomed on television as a commentator. She has blown open the myth that the McCanns are untouchable and she has footage that will become all the more valuable when the walls go up - which they will.
If a documentary, or indeed any factual program is to be successful, it has to be current and bang up to date. And in this fast moving 'breaking news' age, it has to be fluid and adaptable right up until the moment of broadcast - the timing is crucial. Unfortunately, some have been in conspiracy mode for so long, that they can't see beyond their tin foil hats.
We are all on tenterhooks at the moment, something appears to be happening - Operation Grange have a deadline. Sonia has all the footage, and all the interviews and is ready to go!
UPDATE 10/10/15 - MURDOCH SHILLS
I think Tony and CMoMM are struggling to find new aspects of this case to tear apart. They have scrutinised every minute detail of the photographs, the shutters, Smithman etc to death, some several times over, and their minds are firmly set in conspiracy mode. A cup stopped being just a cup for them many years ago.
What they singularly fail to do, every single time, however, is to ask the basic question, 'what would be the point?'. Given the vast scale of this crime and the number of high powered people involved, where do they think Tony Bennett and CMoMM, or indeed any of us, fit into the bigger picture?
We are all of us, without exception, armchair detectives. Our research, our opinions, and our conclusions are based on files that are now 8 years old. The chances of any of us being called as witnesses for the defence or the prosecution are zilch, we are onlookers, no more, no less. Nothing we say or do will have any relevance whatsoever in any future criminal trial.
When the truth about Madeleine's disappearance is eventually revealed, the MSM will be going after the 'main' characters, those actively involved in the initial crime and the cover up. Tony Bennett may see himself as a main player in the case, but he really isn't. Other than giving the McCanns several sensational headlines over the years to support their victim status, Tony and all his research, will have no impact whatsoever on the eventual outcome of this case. The publicity he has had so far served the purposes of the McCann PR campaign, a deeply unpleasant man victimising the family of a missing child.
This case is much, much bigger, than Tony Bennett and the deluded people who support him, the public's interest lies with the disappearance of the little girl, not the strange people who have latched onto it. Do they really believe that global media magnate Rupert Murdoch is devising cunning plans to entrap Tony Bennett and his cohorts? lol.
Tony is not a major player in this case, his views only become relevant if the press need a sensational 'hater' headline to support the McCann's victim status. These articles are initiated by the McCann press department and given to 'friendly' journalists. The Madeleine case is still of public interest, McCann stories sell. Tony Bennett is the villain of the piece. He is the leather clad thug with knuckle dusters, the bad guy tormenting the nice family, but he has had his day, his services are no longer required and he's been left more bitter, and more angry, than he was before.
I have no idea what Mark Souster was after, maybe he did want to write an article critical of Tony Bennett, CMoMM and the 'antis' on his 'friend' Brian Kennedy's behalf, but I doubt it. If Brian Kennedy was still supporting Kate and Gerry, I doubt they would look as haggard as they do, and I doubt they would be shifting money around in their accounts. Equally, Mr. Souster has expressed his support for Goncalo Amaral, therefore his proposed article may have been an opportunity to spread the word about Goncalo's defence Fund. As it is, we will never know.
We have no idea what Mr.Souster's relationship with Brian Kennedy is, other than a shared love of Rugby, but once again, the creationists have taken a tiny bit of knowledge and filled in all the gaps for themselves, based on fear, paranoia and very immature imaginations. They have decided Rupert Murdoch is out to get them (lol) and they have now holed themselves up in their bunker for another session of mutual back patting and discussions on their latest near miss. Phew. And Mr. Souster? If he wanted confirmation that a certain group of 'anti's' are a cult like coven of brain dead morons led by an evil, bible bashing fanatic, he now has it in bucketloads.
As for Sonia and Mark Souster being paid 'Murdoch Shills' out to entrap the antis, I can barely type this for laughing. Step aside Kate and Gerry, step aside Duchess of Cambridge, Syrian Refugees and Prime Ministers shagging pigs heads, we are holding all the Murdoch front pages for Tony Bennett!
It seems Mark Souster has now deleted his twitter account. And who can blame him? Bennett, and his little model army are out to destroy him, just as they set out to destroy Sonia Poulton. They have trolled him relentlessly on twitter and these busy little researchers are working their socks off trying to find some 'dirt' on him. His change of career direction is described by Bennett as a 'lust for money', the idea that he may have family to support hasn't of course, crossed Bennett's narrow little mind.
The bigger question should be, why is Bennett out to destroy any journalist who asks questions about the McCann case? Since the release of Sonia's trailer there has been much weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth in the CMoMM forum, what is it they fear? Why, all these years on, are the hard core that surround Bennett, so terrified that their real identities might be revealed?
As I have said before, I don't think Bennett is in the McCann's employ. He is too much of a loose cannon, and he personally wants the attention, he doesn't want to share it with anyone else. For what it is worth, I think he truly does believe the whole world is out to get him. His paranoia and fear are a byproduct of reading the bible too literally and the comparisons he sees between his struggles and those of the good Lord. 'They know not what they do' he pleads, as the sane people nail him to the cross, or more accurately, ignore him completely.
To Mark Souster I would say, don't let this very tiny band of malcontents affect your life in any way. When they get bored with you, they will return to Smithman or Sonia, or myself, lol, although the subject of this week's 'research' seems to be your goodself, JillyC and Isabel McFadden. All, people who have dared to ask questions without their express approval and people who remember what the missing Madeleine case is actually about.
Don't let them drive you off Twitter Mark, or allow them to influence you in any way. The majority of people who follow this case know all about Tony Bennett and his nasty little gang of trolls, and they treat them with the contempt they deserve. No-one will judge you by what they say, a mere glimpse at their forum, gives the casual observer a good idea of what the ideology of that forum is. It is driven by an angry, bitter megalomaniac (most of the trolls are himself under different guises) who's attempts to head a massive cult movement have failed miserably (again). People did not donate to his Madeleine Foundation as they did to the McCann's Fund, nor have they raised him shoulder high while singing his praises. Nor will they. In a nutshell, they are a small band of misfits, terrified of their own shadows, who lurk in a tiny corner of the internet, despised by almost everyone. Don't let them get you down.
Regarding the door stepping issue, I think we need to get some perspective. The only way to confront injustice head on is through door stepping and as investigative journalists traditionally go after those who are evading the law for whatever reason, it is an essential part of their role and long may it continue. Stopping it doesn't protect the good guys it protects the bad guys.
Sky News were not implicated in the death of Brenda Leyland because they argued that their actions in door stepping Brenda and broadcasting the footage was in the public's interest. Whether exposing a middle aged lady to hate and ridicule for discussing the high profile people involved a high profile criminal case, was in the public's interest is debateable. Brenda wasn't conning the public nor was she a danger to anyone.
Kate and Gerry on the other hand are conning the public. They have, since the very beginning, been appealing to everyone to 'join their search' for their daughter. They have used every opportunity to remind us that Madeleine is still out there and still needs finding. They have never given up and they will never give up. As we speak they are preparing a new campaign by moving money around, in readiness for when Operation Grange give up. They are finishers they are not going to be beaten by a group of cops (like Amaral), who they do not believe to be on the same intellectual and social level as themselves.
If Kate and Gerry were selling a product that didn't exist, or that wasn't theirs to sell, they would quite rightly be prosecuted for obtaining money by deception. They KNOW Maddie can't be found, their facial expressions give them away when, especially when asked about sightings. The McCann's are not talking a few little old ladies into having new driveways or double glazing, they are appealing to the whole world to keep looking for a child (who will never be found) and for cash donations to a fund that will never be used to find her.
The McCanns have left many victims in their wake. They haven't just covered up their child's death, they have persecuted those who have sought justice for her and they have hoodwinked hundreds, neh thousands into believing that they are searching for their lost little girl. Their appeals for help (and cash) know no bounds, the case has never gone away and they have never returned to their 'normal' lives, because they maintain a media team and pay good, hard, cash to keep themselves in the news! The McCanns are seasoned veterans when it comes to the media, they know how to snatch a front page off a Kardashian and they are steered by a circle of advisors straight off the set of a political comedy by Armando Iannucci.
This very bizarre case which began with the disappearance of a small child, may well turn out to be one of the biggest scams the world has ever seen! Right up there with 'I've a got a bridge to sell you'. If I were a defence lawyer arguing that the doorstepping of Kate McCann was in the public's interest, I would have to say, I rest my case. :)
And for the critics, some of us have been trying to get the truth about Madeleine McCann's disappearance into the public domain for the past 8 years and now we have something tangible out there, some are going out of their way to find nonsensical things to whinge about!
Err, the message for those who missed is: Sonia is confronting this cover up of Madeleine's disappearance head on - not pussfyfooting behind closed doors or playing Cluedo in a forum for 8 years. She is asking the questions that matter, the ones we have all been discussing for 8 years, directly to the people who can answer them!
I watch a lot of real life documentaries, its a passion/obsession. The ones that hit home are the ones that stick with the story and the ones that use the drama of the story to keep the audience's attention. Sonia is spot on, she has gone for the key words and the key phrases, the ones that attracted the big audiences at the very beginning. For those who tend to forget why we are all here, we are fighting a huge injustice, an injustice that saw the tragic death of a child being cynically used, not only by her parents but by those we trust to protect us, to enrich and empower themselves. Worse still, our own mainstream media appeared to be 'in on it' - no one was speaking out for Madeleine! And those of us who did, suffered the consequences.
As to a comparison between Sonia doorstepping Kate McCann and Sky News doorstepping Brenda Leyland. Brenda was a lady who preferred to live a quiet, unassuming life, away from the limelight. She was the epitome of a private person. She used the name 'Sweepyface' online, and she knew if it was public knowledge that she did not believe the Kate and Gerry McCann, she would be universally despised and caste out of society, as indeed happened.
Kate on the other hand, has courted the media from the day her daughter disappeared. She and her husband shamelessly use the media to get everything they want. They paid £500k to keep their story on the front pages! All their press conferences and media appearance have been carefully stage managed and within their control and for 8 years they have been able to dodge direct questions that demand direct answers. In addition, Brenda had not lost a child in mysterious circumstances! Isn't about time someone asked Kate and Gerry to tell the truth about their daughter's disappearance? As to those comparing the two, there is no comparison.