Saturday, 17 October 2015
UPDATE 19/10/15 - So, who doesn't want the truth out there?
UPDATE 19/10/15 - So who doesn't want the truth out there?
The personal attacks on myself and Sonia Poulton are relentless and most of them are coming from the antis in the form of the CMoMM forum, who claim to be fighting for justice for Madeleine, but who are in reality, doing everything they can to silence those who are trying to get the truth into the public domain.
On the forum where I currently post, http://maddiemccannmystery.forumotion.co.uk/portal, several members accuse myself and Sonia of using this case to advance our careers - as if that were a bad thing! Doesn't everyone try to advance their careers? I find the British idea of NOT trying to win, and NOT trying to be successful, ridiculous.
Why is it wrong to try to advance your career? Should we all be aiming for mediocrity? Should we all be 'umble and unassuming? Are we not allowed to take or expect credit for the work we do? I know those were the rules when I was having the catechism pounded into me at the age of 6, but I discarded that nonsense decades ago.
I, and indeed Sonia, are using our talents to get the truth of Madeleine's disappearance into the mainstream media, something genuine 'antis' have been trying to do for years. And as a respected mainstream journalist, Sonia has the talent and the connections to make this a reality.
As for myself, my writing and my blogs are read by thousands, including newspaper editors, police, psychology students and ordinary members of the public who like straight talking articles that sort the wheat from the chaff, and give a reader friendly perspective of what is going on. I have studied this case in depth for 8 years! I know it inside out and upside down and I am quickly able to distinguish between fact and bullshit. My enemies are, understandably, those in the bullshit category.
The idea that any documentary on this case should be made by a Mother Theresa doppelganger, or 'he who is without sin' are absurd. As too is the idea that only paragons of virtue have the right to challenge discrepancies in criminal cases and outright corruption. When a documentary or film is broadcast, the viewers are only interested in the CONTENT of said documentary and film, they care very little about the private lives of those who made it.
And for those who claim I am trying to profit from the death of a little girl, I should point out that I was commenting on this case in my own name and with my own face when I got a book deal with a major publisher (Random House). Any 'normal' author would at that time have shut the fuck up knowing the huge amount of damage criticising the McCanns would have on their writing career. I continued speaking the truth, and yes, I suffered for it. Those who claim I am using Maddie, need only look at the negative reviews I get for my books, commenting on this case has done my writing career no good whatsoever.
I do have a personal interest in getting the truth about this case out into the open. Having been on the McCanns' 'McCarthy Blacklist', I lost my job, my home, my friends, my health and on occasion, my sanity.
I very rarely talk about the way in which my involvement in this case has affected my life, because I despise pity. My childhood dream of becoming a successful writer is based on hard work and talent, not the pity vote. I accept that if my last book didn't make it, it was because it wasn't good enough and I must try harder. I don't blame other people, I blame myself. I work at perfecting my craft ALL the time. My writing is an obsession and I am my own harshest critic, I only publish about the half the blogs I write, the rest are not up to scratch or need more work.
My involvement in the Madeleine case was not pre-planned or pre-meditated, it just happened. Even if I had wanted to abandon the case and turn my attention to other topics, it wasn't possible. Team McCann had their teeth stuck into me like a rabid pitbull, I was at the top of their Blacklist and they were determined to destroy me. And as we all know, they don't play nicely.
Like Goncalo Amaral, I care very much about my reputation and the legacy I leave - it is the reason ALL my works are based on honesty and integrity. I will not sit back quietly while people are calling me a liar and blackening my name with sick and malevolent accusations. I have the means and the ability to rebut every disgusting thing they say, and I will. Turning the other cheek was binned along with the catechism. I have a reputation to recover, and like Kate McCann, I am a finisher.
Those anonymous creatures who are now throwing rocks at me, have taken no chances and no risks, their lives are completely unaffected by the comments they post in forums and on twitter because they shield themselves with a fake modesty umbrella. They are too 'umble and virtuous to reveal their real identities and they are more than happy to join in the stoning of any attention seekers. Attention seeking being a far greater crime than the murder and disposal of a small child. The hypocrisy of those shouting 'think of the children' while hiding behind walls of anonymity and in a vermin ridden cesspit, never fails to astonish me.
UPDATE 17/10/15 - NONE BUT THE BRAVE
To the pessimists out there who believe this case will never be solved, and that Sonia's documentary will never be aired, I think a few rudimentary facts need to be acknowledged. The harbingers of doom, seem to have little, or no knowledge whatsoever, of the way in which the media industry and life in general, works. With their tin foil hats clamped firmly down over their ears, they have analysed the limited information they have, and decided the world ends in 7 days.
For their information, and indeed for those influenced enough to have begun digging out a bomb shelter under the patio, documentaries have been pointing out discrepancies in high profile criminal cases and major cover ups for years, its what they do. One could argue that it is the reason the entire documentary making industry exists.
The much too simple fact is, mainstream television, Panorama, World in Action, etc, have no shortage of subjects, they are inundated with news stories every day, stories that are of current interest to the public and stories that are not protected by multi million pound lawyers. 99 times out of a 100, stories will be discarded because they are simply not worth the time and trouble. Individual journalists choose the topics THEY want to focus on, topics they personally are passionate about and ones that they want to investigate Topics that they hope will capture the zeitgeist. And once they have produced their masterpiece, they move onto the next subject, as I said, it is a fast moving world, and they don't want to be tied down in a complex legal battles, or he said, she said, squabbles on social media.
That is not to say, that they don't take on seemingly impossible cases, of course they do, watch the BAFTA documentary awards, and you can see the struggles groundbreaking documentary makers with a passion for their subject, have had to overcome. If it was an easy business, everyone would be doing it and winning awards!
I am not sure what it is people expect from Sonia's documentary. Whilst the theories of the armchair detectives may be interesting, presenting one or all of them as the definitive explanation as to what happened to Madeleine McCann, is ludicrous. If she starts giving a detailed analysis (as worthy asit might be) of the telephone records, the last photo, Smithman etc, or accusing the entire clientele of a Warners resort of being 'swingers' (which would definitely trigger dozens of lawsuits), it would run to hours, and viewers would switch off in droves. Whilst all the detailed analysis may be of interest to the Cluedo players, the general public want the story in a nutshell.
Should add, while I am on a roll, the entire business of documentary making is Iconoclasm! And the most successful documentaries are those that attack large businesses and corporations. Documentary makers can and do, make documentaries about world leaders, media moguls, royalty and McDonalds, do people seriously believe the Drs McCann are more protected than them?
All documentary makers have hurdles and barriers to overcome, it is par for the course. As I said above, if we all had easy access to the secrets and machinations that go on in the corridors of powers, everyone would be doing it. But for the brave and the tenacious, they will carry on regardless and take the hurdles in their stride. They are fighting injustice, and it is a dog eat dog world out there, it is not for the feint hearted.
Documentary makers who go where angels fear to tread are the ones who expose the evil and corruption that goes on 'behind' the scenes, the places the rest of us do not have access to. And anyone who thinks that is easy, is seriously deluded. Naturally, when they are investigating sensitive subjects they will face walls of outright hostility. Try saying out loud a McDonalds Quarterpounder is bad for you.
When I began commenting on this case, absolutely no-one within the mainstream media was questioning the patently absurd abduction story. I wanted to know why, and the clumsy attempts by Team McCann to cover it up, made it all the more fascinating still. I'm one of those people that when someone tells me not to do something I do the opposite. I have a get out of jail free card, confirmation of lunacy from two renowned psychiatrists. Much as I want to keep my trap shut, I just can't. But, I digress, from the start, I have been trying to get the truth behind this cover up into the public domain, and I foolishly believed that that was what we were all here for.
Clearly there has been an establishment cover up in the case of Madeleine McCann, but establishment cover ups have been exposed in the past and will continue to be exposed in the future. Usually by daring, and heroic documentary makers and broadcasters.
All these doom laden statements about the documentary 'never being aired' and how we will all be deeply disappointed when it is, are I'm afraid to say, a projection of the doom mongers' negative view of the world. The reality is quite different.
Investigative journalists are used to facing opposition, it is par for the course, however, they very rarely face opposition from people who are purportedly on the same side! What would have happened if the makers of the Westbourne nursing home abuse scandal had faced so much public hostility? What about the Hillsborough documentary? The people of Liverpool will never forgive the Sun Newspaper, and the comments of the odious Kelvin McKenzie? The Sun is boycotted in the area to this day. Do you think the people of Hillsborough would have campaigned to stop a documentary exposing the cover up behind the tragedy? How about the people of Hillsborough up against the might of the Rupert Murdoch empire?
Sonia, should be getting support, not hostility. If the McCann case has taught us nothing, it has taught us the power of popular opinion polls. If the public are behind you, it is the most powerful weapon of all. The worst reaction to a documentary, would be 'who cares'. I urge those of you who do care, to get behind this documentary. The internet is the most powerful media weapon of the 21st century. It has not only taken over the tabloid headline, it has crushed it!
The mystery behind Madeleine's disappearance can only be covered up if the people allow it to be. That's how it works. In the days of the Lindbergh baby, there was little the people could do, but time have changed. The more we shout 'we know there is a cover up going on', the more the authorities have to listen. They have no choice, we vote for them. A cover up can only succeed if the people allow it to. Once, they become the collective 'we', a government, if it wants to stay in power, must accede to its' wishes.
The Madeleine mystery has dragged on for 8 years, because there has never been an effective lobby to protest against it. Arguably, you could also say, that there has been an effective lobby, because the McCanns were granted their review and they were granted an investigation. Operation Grange may, or may not, be coming to an end. I believe it is, but whilst there is a 'untold' documentary (that will go viral) looming and thousands of people all over the globe, watching online, the chances of it continuing for years and resulting in a cover up, become less and less likely.
If this case is to end with little Madeleine getting justice, then the more people who know and care about the cover up, the more likely it is that she will. Please share Sonia's teaser with your friends, your family and everyone you know. This case is not just about the tragic death of a small child, it is about the very real threat to ordinary people like Brenda Leyland, and to the way in which we will be 'allowed' to use the internet in the future. It is a direct threat to Freedom of Speech.
Social media pressure groups are the fear of everyone living in the public eye. Huge numbers can be bought and traded to make 'causes' appear more popular than they are. Equally, if a cause is worthy, it can get the publicity it needs. Lives are being saved, and injustices are being challenged. Public opinion, sways with the wind, it can be used for good and it can be used for bad. Get enough 'likes' on Facebook and you can form a Government.