Media asks without a hint of irony as to why they don’t leave people alone

Nadine Higgins formerly known as Nadine Chalmers-Ross, writes a shocker of an opinion piece.

…two high-profile people are attempting to make themselves new lives in Australia.

One – Schapelle Corby, convicted of smuggling drugs into Bali in 2004 – the other, David Bain, convicted in 1995 of murdering his family … and then acquitted of those murders in 2009.

Both have been to jail and both have been at the centre of cases that have fascinated people for years. Thus both have been the subject media attention that shows no sign of letting up.

My question to you is – when, if ever, do they deserve to just be left alone?

Bain is trying to be left alone.  Corby is on social media making a spectacle of herself.   That at least doesn’t put them in the same category.  

So what about David Bain?

The media here recently revealed that his name is no longer David Bain, it’s William Davies.

It’s been reported in great detail what he’s planning to do now, that his house is for house, for how much, that he’s planning on moving his family to Australia. One publication even reported the meaning and origin of his now former name, David. Son of David from the Hebrew origin meaning “beloved” .. if you’re interested .. but I’ve got to say, I’m not.

While he might continue to fascinate you, I’m not sure we can continue to claim it’s in the public interest to report his every move.

He was convicted and spent 13 years in prison, yes – but he’s been acquitted, he’s been paid out almost $1 million – there is no further legal action pending. Whatever your opinion – and everyone seems to have one – it’s done, it’s over, it can be consigned to the history books. Let him live his life in Australia – I for one don’t want to hear about the birth of his next child, or how much his house sells for.

But I imagine we’ll hear it anyway – just ask the family of Jon Benet Ramsey, or Madeline McCann, or Scott Guy whether it’s every really over.

In any case with a question mark, the case is never really closed – and the media and the public will always be watching.

It’s JonBenét Ramsey.

And the family of Madeline McCann are actively working with the media to try and stir up publicity so it may lead to pressure and leads.

If you’re going to write a thesis about people that have a large media footprint wanting to be left alone but they are hounded by media in spite of their wish to be left alone, you have come up with a brilliant set of examples /sarc.


– NZ Herald

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