And so here we are again, the MSM stalking a child simply to get a photo and breathlessly report their every move. Just like they did in August with Madeleine Pulver.
At dailytelegraph.com.au, they’ve gone for “we can’t identify the family, but we’ll pretend they’re hiding something”:
At news.com.au they’re at least being honest about how they’re going to hound the family:
At heraldsun.com.au they don’t seem to understand that you can be remorseful about doing something illegal and dislike the media at the same time:
Both heraldsun.com.au and news.com.au are running the same Daily Telegraph story by Clementine Cuneo and Neil Keene, so I’m not going to link to it on their sites: Bali boy’s deal or no deal? Why the secrecy if no media deal signed?
THEY claim they haven’t signed a lucrative media deal with a television network, so why all the secrecy?
You realise that they don’t have to speak to the media, right? That despite being judgemental, you’re not actually judges in a courtroom? You do know this, right? Right?
As the Bali drug boy and his father finally arrived home from their ordeal they went to extraordinary lengths to dodge local reporters – from ducking out a side door at the airport and taking a bush trek home, to wrapping their house in hessian to keep out prying eyes.
You know, I’m not convinced they’ve realised that the prying eyes are theirs and theirs alone. It’s just like when journalists stood outside the Pulver house and earnestly reported that the family had asked for their privacy to be respected, as though the problem was the general public camped out on their front lawn with cameras ready to shove in their faces. And they do this every time someone asks for privacy, cluelessly reporting that request for privacy as a news update.
But even that didn’t stop the 14-year-old – who told an Indonesian court 10 days ago he was remorseful and ashamed of his recent behaviour – from goading the waiting media by whistling, sniggering and gesturing from behind the shielded windows.
Good on him. I’m sure he knows they can’t show his face, so all they can do is take photos of the outside of his home. Which is why dailytelegraph.com.au is running a 20 photo gallery of the outside of his home.
The car drove straight to their newly covered-up Morisset Park home on the Central Coast, where they trekked through bushland and neighbouring properties to get to their home, rather than driving in the driveway. The boy’s older brother had been seen the night before tacking up sheets of hessian.
Seen by journalists the night before. Which means they’ve been camped outside the house for at least two days. No wonder the family “trekked through bushland and neighbouring properties to get to their home”.
But once the family grew tired of their games the father called the police.
You will never outsmart the media, you hear? We will mock you on our websites even though the vast majority of our audience won’t know who you are and so our taunts are essentially useless. So, take that, Bali boy family!
Two officers arrived about 3pm and spoke with the father. “He said he wants you all charged and dragged away,” police said. After ensuring the media were on public property, the police left.
The police moved the journalists off the family’s property and they still report it without any sense that they might be the problem.
The thing about this kind of stalking, ahem, reporting, is that it’s completely useless. They can’t show his face because he’s a minor. They can’t show the faces of his family because that will identify him. So there are two reasons why so many journalists are in front of the family’s home:
1. No editors have actually thought about why they’re doing it. They’ve just sent journos there to rabidly slobber at the family.
2. It’s to show Channel 9 that they can be there too. (Going on unconfirmed media reports that the family may have done a deal with Channel 9. Ah, I love unconfirmed media reports – nothing more than journalists whipping each other into a frenzy in order to have something to report. When’s the last time an unconfirmed media report turned out to be true?)
Which means journalists are hounding a family who have been shitting themselves that their kid will spend years in an overseas jail, simply because he did something dumb in Bali, just so they can get a photo of people whose faces they can’t show, in order to try to fuck up Channel 9’s exclusive. When we all know that if the family has done a deal with Channel 9, they’ll all report the story when it’s aired anyway. Just like they always do.