In response to comment 15:04 below
I have been trying to work out what motivates the tabloids for years 15:04! Not sure I am any the wiser, other than to say all they really care about is the number of copies they shift.
Clarence is right, this is a soap opera, and the papers will watching their circulation figures carefully. In 2007, McCann stories flew off the shelves - the McCanns were hot property and the interest continued. (well done Clarence) Oprah didn't have them on her show because she liked them, they were there because the audience were curious, the whole world was. The same could be said for their breakfast sofa appearances - bums on seats and all that. Katie Hopkins for example, is quite likely to say something outrageous that will grab the headlines, so she is a regular guest.
In their heyday, they could (and did) ask for whatever they wanted. The media didn't feel sorry for them, they wanted a cut of the action. As long as they shifted copy, they were handled with kid gloves.
The same mentality may persist even now 15:04. The end of this case may be as sensational as the beginning when newspapers and magazines were in a bidding war for anything Madeleine related.
Whoever gets 'the confession', will have a glittery future, it will become an iconic 'TV' or 'NEWS' item forever more. Never mind pitching for exclusives for the 10th Anniversary Clarence, the 'truth' could rake in millions and time is running out.
Journalists can be pretty ruthless when it comes to getting a scoop. They will do all the boozing and schmoozing that they have to if they can grab the front and centre pages. Some, like Lorraine, may establish a relationship (still makes her a two faced bitch)with their subjects, but all will do what they can to keep them onside.
The tabloids days are numbered, there aren't that many big pay days left. The Media too remember those hazy, surreal days of summer 2007 when Madeleine stories sold in millions. It was a phenomenon and one they would no doubt like to recreate.
Whether that is possible anymore remains to be seen. Anyone in the least bit curious about Madeleine's disappearance can see immediately that the newspapers are not telling the truth, so why buy them?
As I said before, the newspaper industry is a dying duck, all the bias, prejudice and manipulation has been exposed. Through the case of Madeleine McCann, ordinary people have woken up to the Media's deceit, and they have so many other options, they don't have to put up with it anymore.
Oh, and Happy 420 ;)
Once again the tabloids are portraying the McCanns as victims, claiming they have 'lost' £500k that was earmarked for the search for Madeleine. Let's be clear, the £500k wasn't theirs to lose. It is money they demanded with menaces, the former police detective's home and all his assets. Not only did they want to ruin him financially, they wanted him to feel misery and fear.
The McCanns agony lies in the fact that people are no longer giving them money. They have run the Fund into the ground suing Goncalo Amaral, and any appeal for more 'search' funds will be seen for what it is. They must now be facing legal costs that run into millions, their home and all their assets are at risk. Everything they wished onto Goncalo Amaral has spun full circle and come back onto themselves.
The only news thus far is that costs have been awarded against the Plaintiffs. Effectively this means the McCanns will have to pay all their own costs (and the costs of the twins and Madeleine - they were claiming cash on Madeleine's behalf too) and the costs of Goncalo Amaral and the two other Defendants. This is financial ruination in anyone's book, the costs will far exceed the damages they were awarded in the last round.
It is apparent from the pro McCann sites that the lawyers are frantically looking for grounds to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. If it is an option available to them, how on earth are they going to fund it? The costs incurred already must run to millions, far more than the £750k they recently moved to a 'search' fund. Will Isabelle Duarte carry on? She looked none too happy last time.
Looks as though it is the end of the legal line for Gerry and Kate. They became hooked on litigation following their winning streak, but they have now over played their hand and lost everything. I don't see any way back from this.
UPDATE 13.30pm 19th April 2016
Good news coming in on Goncalo Amaral's appeal in Lisbon. No details known yet, but great to see public support has prevented the McCanns from destroying Madeleine's Avenger.
Unfortunately, it raises huge questions about today's headlines, that they coincide with the announcement of the appeal result, seems more than a little coincidental. If proof were ever needed that we were being manipulated, we have it in abundance today.
It seems the entire British Establishment is treating the entire British public as if we were lobotomised half wits. One of the most interesting factors in studying the case of missing Madeleine McCann has been discovering just how much our mainstream media are happy, willing and able to lie to and manipulate the public. There is so much back scratching in this case, that I suspect nails are now scraping on spinal columns.
Once again, our newspapers and broadcasters are telling us they hope to find Madeleine alive, and the detective in charge of the case DCS. Duthie tells us that's what the parents want and that's what the public want, and by the power vested in him by the canonised pair, he will keep going, picking up £95k every six months - its taxpayers money, it's a bottomless pit and he won't be rushed.
Meanwhile, we must show the kind of compassion to the McCanns that they have not shown their enemies or even their children. The anniversary is coming up and the collection buckets are being put out. The £5m+ they had in their personal fund is all gone and so is the £12m donated by our government. Dig deeply folks, these are not just child neglectors, they are McCann child neglectors. If they can get back on track, they can have a UK equivalent of the American NCMEC, with Gerry doing a John Walsh and hosting his own TV show. Watch out Simon Cowell, there's a new kid in town.
Perhaps due to the excessive back scratching, it appears there are very few spines left anywhere. None of our elected politicians have ever questioned the inordinate sums spent on this one missing child, even though many of their constituents are suffering from rising crime and inhuman cutbacks. Sofa Queens and Police Chiefs fawn over the stricken parents, the tragic victims of a brutal third world police force. The name McCann is sacrosanct, spoken only in a revered tone for fear of adding to the 'victims' pain or being labelled a 'hater' - only the cruel and heartless believe the word of the 'disgraced' Portuguese police over the highly respected British doctors.
The headline 'Madeleine's Alive' is right up there with 'the Emperor's got new clothes', we are being asked to believe something that is not tangible, feasible or logical. Those putting out those headlines believe we really are that stupid. It's actually quite insulting. 'Yeh, well we dug up all the areas surrounding 5A, but now we believe she's alive - she was seen having a stroll with Lazarus', he might just as well have added, please give generously on the 3rd May.
I can see why he wants to deflect suspicion from the parents, but it's pretty bad form to stitch up a fellow officer in Portugal who's appeal against the wicked machinations of the parents, is coming up. Especially considering the crux of the case balances on the dead/alive issue.
I'm getting so fed up with this cat and mouse game, that I am not really sure I care anymore. I have no doubt parents and their entourage will be haunted by their actions forever more, but I do object profusely to their continued enrichment through cruelty and deceit. It irks even more that they are being aided and abetted in this by the British Authorities. Those same authorities might want to bear in mind that some of we bloggers know a lot more about this case than we publish. And we are not censored by editors, legal teams, politicians or 'favours' owed. We hold back out of respect for the judicial process. We are driven by our search for the truth and justice for the real victim in this crime, little Madeleine. For myself, I am just as outraged at the evil perpetrated in this child's name now as I was in 2007, in fact more so, as those who seized on her tragedy continue to trade on her name and persecute others.
These ongoing crimes are not victimless. Goncalo Amaral, the first detective in charge of a Madeleine investigation has been pilloried, demonised and financially ruined by these former suspects. And in the McCanns' quest to take control of the British media, an innocent woman died - not because she had committed any crimes, but because she dared to question the lies published in our daily newspapers.
The newspaper industry is a dying duck. Not just because people have the news online, but because they are waking up to the dishonesty and manipulation of the MSM. The public want the truth and the truth is now only a couple of clicks away. While today's tabloid front pages might shout 'Madeleine is Alive', a discerning public will be checking out twitter and the McCann Files and I doubt very much there will be any surge in newspaper sales and donations.