Friday, May 18, 2007

Lies or Help in Madeleine case?

The BBC: Outright lies or shoddy reporting

The 1.00pm BBC television news reported that the website had fifty million hits. Because as it is an emotional subject I would let that pass.

However from the Times online today

Calum MacRae, a director of Infohost who knows Gerry McCann's sister, Philomena, said that his company was passing on all information relevant to Madeleine's whereabouts on to the police.

“It seems that a lot of people don’t like phoning CrimeStoppers so we’re hoping the site may be a way of getting someone to talk.”

“We’re overwhelmed by the attention the site’s getting. Usually it would take one of our sites a month to get 10 million hits, so this is completely unprecedented.”

I wonder does he mean 10 million unique visitors, 10 million page views, or what. It seems very unlikely from looking at a list of sites posted on his website
that any of these sites would have had ten million "hits" in the their whole life , dont mind the first month.

This I would not allow pass and it would also make me question the validity of the claims made by Mr MacRae. There is a link on the front page of to the BBC, which automatically opens a video feed from the BBC so the BBC knows exactly how many hits that page had.

News is supposed to be fact based and not a rehash of a PR release.

I know everybody wants to help but lying does not do that.

From the BBC website now
Producers of a website set up to find the four-year-old from Leicestershire say it has received more than 58m hits.
updated Friday, 18 May 2007, 14:42 GMT 15:42 UK

Michael Wright, a close relative of Madeleine's parents Gerry and Kate, said a campaign website has had more than five million visitors.
updated Thursday, 17 May 2007, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK

The BBC should know exactly how many hits the website is getting today seeing as the page is pointing to one of their video streams.

Don't just take us all for fools.
And we all have that little girl in our thoughts I hope she's found soon.

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