The McCanns ARE the victims of online, nasty, attention seeking bitches and a fair number of wannabe tyrants! Open your eyes! Far too many psychopaths, neurotics and obsessives jumped onto the McCann bandwagon to vent their own rage against the machine and many are still here! Not to mention of course, all those who just like to be in a gang, or indeed, lead a gang.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in this world who latch onto other people's failings in order to boost their own sense of worth, they can't go around saying how 'good' they are, but they can point out that they are not as bad as the McCanns (50-100 times a day) and encourage others to join in with them. Sadly, they are often the malevolent element who dominate the discussions on the McCann case and of course the twitter hashtag.
In the early days I protested at the savagery that was inflicted on the McCanns, mostly because at the time nothing was clear, but also because they were human beings! Fortunately, I was not a lone voice, and some of the forums and facebook groups are to be commended for keeping it at bay, but to deny its existence is ludicrous.
The bad guys are not all on the pro McCann side. I have largely kept quiet, because a) cowardice and b) I can only be responsible for my own words, and to think otherwise is futile. Many people do post and tweet without thinking about the impact of what they say. And many fail to take into account that the McCanns are human beings with two young children.
I am not defending the McCanns. In many ways they are the authors of their own misfortune, in that, as long as they keep issuing press releases and asking for media attention, they will be subject to attack. The same applies to anyone in the public eye.
It is fair in my opinion, to rebut obvious lies, disinformation and planted false media stories, but it is wrong on every level to interfere with the investigation and target individuals for abuse. I like to think everyone has a moral line that they will not cross, sadly in this case, I couldn't be more wrong.
Kate and Gerry's weapon of choice when they embarked on their quest to establish the abduction as a fact and themselves as victims, was social media and they have used it strategically ever since. However, they underestimated the intelligence of their audience and the power of the internet. News is no longer confined by borders and there are too many good people who will not stand idle in the face of such blatant injustice. No matter how many resources Team McCann have to plant false information in the mainstream media, thousands of voices online will point out the truth.