Should we judge journalists on the cases they report?
Once again Tony Bennett has gone off into cuckoo land in his attempts to smear the only journalist actively trying to uncover the truth behind the Madeleine McCann story.
Tony has now produced a long diatribe attempting to link Sonia Poulton to the Holly Greig hoax. What he is failing to grasp is that journalists REPORT these news stories to the public, they are not the creators of them. The Holly Greig story was of public interest, and many were taken in by the lies of Anne Greig and Robert Green, Tony Bennett included, and Sonia reported on it. If she had not reported on it, Tony would have been among the first to accuse her of being part of the cover up.
To put things into perspective, Tony might like to use some of his research time to look at ALL the stories reported by the Mainstream Media and cross reference them with the journalists who reported on them, and of course the truth behind the stories when it eventually emerged. Using his criteria of judgment this would mean that every journalist is actively involved in every rape, murder and despot regime they have ever commented on.
Mr. Bennett has a very strange understanding of journalism, for some reason he believes that those who bring us the rolling news should investigate each story as if they were Scotland Yard detectives with all the time in the world and an open cheque book. That simply isn't the nature of news reporting and if it were, every breaking news story would take weeks/months/years to appear before the public.
Successful, proactive journalists have hundreds, if not thousands of stories to report on, they are not restricted to one Holly Greig or one Madeleine McCann, and thank God for that, tragedies occur daily sadly, and each one is just as valid. If they focused all their efforts on single cold case files as Tony does, then all the children who are currently being abused and murdered would never get a mention.
Attack and smear are Tony's weapons in this battle of words, just as they are and always have been the weapons of choice for Team McCann. There are good reasons for this, one Tony has made a complete tit of himself by pursuing the WRONG witnesses in the McCann case for nearly two years, a huge Ooops on the research there (see Tigger's excellent blog) and of course his hopes of appearing on Newsnight as Maddie's/Parents' Christian avenger, are fading fast.
Instead of trying to produce something new and informative on the case of missing Madeleine McCann, he is trying to produce something new and informative on those who are investigating it. He would do better to go back to baseline, and ask himself exactly what it is he is trying to achieve.