Friday, November 26, 2010

The SPIN Doctors

A tale of three innocents – concluded

The question is why. Just why is it so easy to match them up in this way? Remember we are not comparing the McCanns with a criminal, only an innocent person caught up in a disaster. Why is the matching so much easier with this innocent – not “cleared” - person  than with others? Just what are the common factors – media interest, family tragedy, spokesmen  – or something else?
All comments are direct quotes from national media or Gerry McCann’s blog.
clifford Same mouth, better hair
Widowed British honeymooner Shrien Dewani will not be returning to South Africa, his publicist Max Clifford said today.
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, has said the couple will not return to Portugal on May 3 - the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance - if they remain arguidos.
The recently hired guru was at pains to stress that his client was not a formal suspect in the murder of his wife despite all the rumours circulating over her township murder. Mr Clifford said: 'This poor man has been through a living nightmare. To be clear, Shrien has not been told that he is being considered a suspect.’
There was a statement from the Portuguese police today regarding the recent activity in the investigation and media speculation. They confirmed that there are new leads and that we are not suspects in Madeleine’s disappearance.

imagesCARQNXB0 The parents of Madeleine McCann last night reacted with fury to reports suggesting that they have become suspects in their daughter's disappearance.
A South African newspaper alleged today that detectives want the millionaire businessman, 31, to return to Cape Town for questioning over the killing of his 28-year-old bride.
Police want Kate and Gerry McCann to return to Portugal before Christmas for fresh interrogations over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine.
clifford Spokesman, wearing dustman’s jacket
Clifford: He has told the police he will co-operate fully with their investigation and of course he will do so.
BigStories-ClarenceMitchellMitchell: “Kate and Gerry and their friends see this as an important chance to help the police. The friends are more than happy to co-operate as are Kate and Gerry.
 Gerry McCann                                                                                    It is absolutely right that we  are subject to the same high  standards of investigation as anyone else. Kate and I have, and will continue to assist the police in every possible way.
One friend pointed his finger at the South Africans and said: ‘We are just increasingly conscious that there are some people who are definitely trying to set him up.
'It suits them because an English guy who has done this would be much less damaging to South Africa than if one of their own had done it.’
Kate's mum Susan accused police of planting evidence. She insisted: "This is a set-up. Maddie is Kate and Gerry's world. They would never do anything to harm her.
'The police are whispering furiously to the South African media. We understand what’s going on. There’s a lot at stake.'Let’s see what proof they come up with.’
phil Philly – not as nice as she looks
Friends of the couple accused police of inventing theories. One said: "How can you tell what anyone died of without a body? There appears to be leak after leak to smear the name of the McCanns."

The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell added: "Some of the leaks that appear on a daily basis are hurtful, surely it is time to stop."
The Daily Mail quoted Max Clifford, a British publicist hired by Dewani, as saying his client was so traumatised he had needed medical attention.
Tormented Kate McCann was at a new low last night as fears grew for her fragile health.
When asked if Mr Dewani was well enough to travel if asked to go back by the authorities, Mr Clifford said: “The question doesn’t need to be answered, the police haven’t said anything.”
mitchellagain Tweedledum said…

“…that Mrs McCann may be too traumatised to take part. There has been no apparent thought given to her emotional position in taking part in such a re-enactment."
Earlier this week, Mr Dewani's brother, Preyen, said his sibling feared he would be wrongly implicated in his wife's murder to save the reputation of South Africa.
"He is fully aware of the false accusations and the possibility that by attaching blame to him, the people may divert this matter away from concerns over the security of South Africa," he said.
Breaking down in tears, distraught Kate said of the Portuguese police: "They want me to lie - I'm being framed.Police don't want a murder in Portugal and all the publicity about them not having paedophile laws here, so they're blaming us."