The early morning edition of The Daily Mail on-line carried an interesting story juxtaposing the the case of Stuart Lubbock with that of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The obvious connection, that both cases are of deep concern to ex-solicitor Tony Bennett was studiously ignored.
Instead the connection was drawn by innuendo; first detailing the fact that key pieces of evidence had either disappeared from the scene or been fatally flawed by the undue faith that the first officers on the scene had placed on the version of events they had been ‘told’ rather than treating the scene as a crime scene where potentially any crime might have been committed, by any person; then pointing out that an apology was due since the police force had made ‘basic errors’ in their investigations; this was juxtaposed with a curious sentence that said (without stipulating ‘who’ had said)
Comparisons are now being made between Essex Police’s handling of the Lubbock case with the Portuguese police’s handling of the Madeleine McCann investigation.
Thus ensuring that any early morning reader of the paper would be led to believe that the same criticisms of the Portuguese handling of the McCann case could be made.
Presumably by 10,00 am the lawyers had arrived at work, or perhaps Clarence Mitchell had arisen from his slumbers, for at 10.22am a new version of the paper appeared on-line, identical in all but one respect – the sentence drawing comparison with the McCann case had now been removed – but not before several sharp eyed bloggers had spotted it and sent it on its merry way across cyberspace.