posted on Nov, 9 2012 @ 08:22 AM
Originally posted by Merriman Weir
reply to post by DrHammondStoat
Yes but, as I said, all journalists can do is investigate in a limited sense, especially after the media hacking scandal. Many victims have come
forward and without the use of a time machine I'm not sure what you expect journalists to do. How can journalists find out "WHO EXACTLY raped and
tortured these victims". Names have already been named, victims have come forward. As you say yourself, journalists did much of the leg work back in
the 1960s: it was the police who dropped the ball. So what are journalists meant to do exactly here?
I agree to a point, but I also agree that journalists need to be pushing this, and they can keep investigating and opening a route for whistle-blowers
who might feel that this is becoming another whitewash.
Of course, the journalists job is to present information for the public to assess, and they have been doing that job in this respect. But they should
also keep the pressure on and provide information as the investigation continues. That is the best way, IMO, to better ensure that justice is actually
On the subject of the media and tabloids etc, it all comes down to one thing for me when it comes to the legalities of their information gathering
(the whole phone hacking scandal etc.)
The notion of "in the public interest" has been warped and redefined. The trashy tabloids like to pretend that "in the public interest" means
anything they think anyone would have the slightest interest in, from the size of Jordan's boobs to the weight of a Hollywood star.
In reality, "in the public interest" means stories that the public has a RIGHT to know about, such as police and government corruption or instances
where a cover-up has taken place.
The media should get back to actually reporting based on the idea of what is in the public interest, and that doesn't mean they have the right to
hack phones to find out which celeb might be sleeping with another.
This case would be one of those that is most definitely in the public interest, as it involves the potential criminal activity of politicians and BBC
staff (who are all paid to provide services to the public), and it involves criminal acts against children.
This is completely different to gossip, and true investigative journalism should continue unabated in this case. I would expect the press to use
whatever legal methods they can to uncover the story, while doing so in a way that will not jeopardise the case or accuse innocent people.