Following on from the Basher Gun controversy, Chelsea Hoffman of the Examiner wrote a heavily subjective piece in an attempt to readdress the balance of bad press. The story made headlines in Europe including Portugal, and Hoffman does her level best to marginalize the threat by creating a diversion and concentrating on what supporters of Madeleine’s family have alleged to have done.
The key word here being alleged. It is also very apparent from her piece that Hoffman knows little of the origins of the nearly six years of fighting that has taken place across the internet all in the name of giving Madeleine a chance to be found. She gets her own opinion in early by saying Madeleine ‘probably won’t ever be found’. As I would like to emphasize again, Hoffman’s piece is subjective and not objective journalism. From there her comments slowly decline into an all too familiar anti Madeleine mantra that is feverishly repeated like a religious edict.
Hoffman does admit that she has done only a little research into the fighting and bases her opinion purely on these meager findings. Citing personal attacks that have taken place on Facebook which are not death threats like Basher made, but as she concludes, still horrendous attacks in her opinion.
The sad fact of the matter is the high percentage of online threats come from the very people Hoffman seeks to justify in her article; those who through an ignorance of forensic evidence and police procedure condemn Kate and Gerry McCann as guilty of Madeleine’s disappearance. Had she researched more than just a little she would have discovered a legacy of online abuse stretching back to within days of Madeleine going missing. These threats were just not confined to Facebook or twitter, they were forced into their private lives, their places of employment and even threats made against their children.
The worst of all the sites that engaged in organised online attacks and threats was the now deleted 3 Arguidos. Recently I had reason to approach the former administrator of the site, Brenda Ryan over twitter regarding the legacy of the site. Her replies were very blunt and telling. She regrets ever starting it, and she will only talk to the police in regards to what actually took place in the public and especially hidden areas of that site.
There is clearly more Ms Ryan would like to talk about but with the appropriate authorities. Given the amount of abuse and coordinated internet attacks that were made on the site, including a BBC website having to be taken down, I would imagine if Hoffman wants to get the “exclusive” she claims her article is, then she should start with Ms Ryan and the legacy of the 3 Arguidos.
Not mentioned in this article is an influential group called the Assasins which this site has mentioned before in regards to the link between the Madeleine Foundation and violent threats made against people. The Assasins deal exclusively in violent intimidation normally involving not just the individual targeted but also their family, especially children. The Assasins were responsible for threatening Clarence Mitchell and his children. They carried out a sustained campaign against website owner Jill Havern and have also made direct threats against the McCann family including murdering the twins.
The ‘McCann Assasin’ Sean Hyland left a journalist in no doubt regarding how he and the group carry out their work, and that they cannot be stopped. The warning is as chilling as it clear “The only way to shut me up is to jail me or kill me.”
What is also a specialty of the Assasins is that they care nothing for Madeleine and are quite happy to carry out threats and intimidation against anyone no matter what their opinion on the case. For example while acting as enforcers for the ‘Madeleine Foundation’ the Assasins carried out an attack against Tony Bennett while he was employing their services to protect him and the Foundation. Dr Vanessa Sluming was caught carrying out the attack against Bennett in which she was later branded deceitful, conniving and a liar.
Hoffman is either ignorant to this historic catalogue of abuse or simply glosses over it with sleight of hand in the hope that readers will take her at face value and not do any research of their own.
The past shows clearly, that when it comes to threats, hate campaigns and organised web attacks, it is almost always the people who obsessively spend each day attacking the McCann family. The very people that Hoffman seeks to normalize in the article for the Examiner. The fact that she also points the finger at Kate and Gerry McCann for Madeleine’s disappearance does not make her immune to threats and intimidation from people she probably perceives as being in agreement with her flawed thinking.
Clearly it doesn’t. It is a very naive view to also immediately jump to the conclusion that the person who made threats to her was in support of the McCann family. As has been proven time and time again, this is the strategy of many different anti Madeleine groups including the Assasins who specialize in such attacks.
In concluding, Hoffman and I do agree on the one thing. Such threats and intimidation have no place in any aspect of the Madeleine McCann case. At the center of all this is a missing child cherished by her family who only want to see her back safe with them. It can only be about Madeleine and not the massive egos or right wing groups who day after day attempt to hijack Madeleine’s name and her memory for their own selfish gain.
Addendum: For those interested to delve a little deeper into Ms Hoffman, then they could start with this revealing Facebook page from which I quote;
Chelsea Hoffman has been making paticulary offensive posts about Down syndrome and abortion and is posting on our feed and those of our supporters. She has been blocked from the SavingDowns site. As a rule we don’t censor, but were happy to make an exception when there is hate speech directed against our community. As always we uphold the basic right of human dignity to all, including those with Down syndrome.
Charming to the end does Ms Hoffman appear to be.
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