Hi Bjorn, thank you for your interesting post (on my previous blog). Apologies for not being able to c/p it over.
I don't think there can be any doubt that the 'media' in the UK have hidden or withheld much of the truth behind Madeleine's disappearance. Why? Multiple answers I imagine.
Firstly, the McCanns are so litigious. They have already punished the newspaper barons with large libel payouts and they have led the charge of Hacked Off. This couple hits back - twice as hard. It would not be hard to imagine news agencies have taken the decision not to antagonise them until their claws have been completely removed. I don't think the protection of the McCanns by the media is based on their likeability. More likely busy news desks can't be arsed with getting every McCann story past their legal departments, so they dump, or put aside, the negative ones.
But even having said all that, it is by no means the end of it. One person, or several, at a very high level, had, or perhaps still has, the power to turn an obvious crime that was solved by local police in weeks, into an international search for a missing child. The abduction story comes across as a tall tale by any normal thinking adult's standards, it just doesn't ring true, but someone, in authority, in the UK, deemed it not only true, but the biggest threat to children this century. Since then, we have watched in astonishment as British police officers and members of the establishment, have continued the McCann narrative as if it were all real, and whilst managing to maintain perfectly straight faces! Bizarre.
For an example, look at Martin Brunt reporting from PDL at the time of the Scotland Yard digs, explaining how 'the police' think a burglar, having murdered Madeleine, took her body with him and buried it in the vicinity of 5A. That was not MB's finest hour, but he topped it with the Brenda Leyland debacle. Martin Brunt could not be more mainstream, he is employed by Sky News. Now did he, as an investigative journalist go look for an internet troll story? Or was it handed to him on a plate? I doubt he would go rogue on Rupert Murdoch, so Sky must have supported his actions.
So why would RM protect the McCanns? He has been stung by them several times, both with large libel payouts and the evidence they gave at the Leveson Inquiry. Some might say the McCann factor influenced the downfall of his News of the World. Richard Desmond too - his was among the first big news agencies to be hit with a massive libel claim. It must be said however, that even though RM and RD may have justifiable grudges against the parents, large corporations are driven by profit. Though it may seem personal to victims of Hacked Off etc, it rarely is. News has a high speed turnover, while those who had their moment in the spotlight are nursing their wounds or celebrating their success, the news desks have already moved on.
But you raised a very important question Bjorn, why do journalists, investigative or otherwise, steer clear of the Madeleine case? In a nutshell, it is a fast track to having your career and life ruined. It wasn't only I who was attacked after giving that interview to the Sun, so was the reporter who interviewed me. Sonia Poulton has had fought long and hard to expose the deception surrounding the Madeleine affair, only to be met with brick wall after brick wall. And my name has been trashed more than most, which is why I am still here speaking truth to power, I will never kowtow to them!
Apparently, if you spend 10,000 hours doing something, you become an expert, despite yourself, lol. This is a new 'fact' for me, so I am having a lot of fun with it. As a lifelong sufferer of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), to 10,000 hours, I say pah! Which, by a happy turn of events, makes me an expert in many subjects. Including this one! Only a fellow OCD sufferer, would understand how many 'attempts' we make at reaching perfection. Be it a bacon and egg quiche (still not succeeded :( ) or the perfect prose (still trying) solving a murder mystery or knitting a child's hat. I am currently trying to find a way to ship dozens of woollen hats to refugees, I seem to be producing them on an industrial scale!
I digress. The mystery remains. Not the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance, but the mystery of everything that happened thereafter.