The level of detail in stories about Madeleine Pulver is just creepy. Yesterday’s Sun Herald reported that she went for a swim in the morning with a friend, then went home and changed clothes, then went to play hockey. Today’s Daily Stalkergraph – oops, Daily Telegraph – reports that she went out in the morning for a coffee, then went out again with two friends at 1.30pm. Clearly the journalist Amy Dale and photographer followed her, because she reported that the three girls then met up with a male friend, and then went to “Sushi Train on Military Rd, where they spent more than a hour”. What the fuck?
Journalists from print, tv and radio, as well as photographers and probably a few international journalists, have been loitering outside her home for six days now, reporting the every move of a victim of crime.
And, of course, we have the gormless reporting of Mr Pulver asking the media to leave them alone: Maddie’s father appeals for privacy as she faces HSC trials:
Media outlets have remained outside her home and school since the incident and have reported extensively about her weekend activities with friends.
Seriously journos, how can you not get that he’s talking about you? You should be too embarrassed to report that.
I challenge any news editor to justify the stalking of this teenager. I challenge any news editor to justify the level of detail they are reporting. I challenge any news editor to argue that what they are doing is right. Hasn’t she been through enough without some dickhead timing how long she spends eating lunch?