Monday, 23 April 2012

The Lady Vanishes

The video above, of the McCanns being interviewed by BBC East Midlands, has recently been removed from YouTube, with no explanation. So we have reproduced it here for you to judge the content for yourselves. Of course, this revealing video is not the only item to have disappeared from public record in recent months. This charming photograph was originally published in the online edition of the Daily Express, following the publication of Kate's book in Holland last June. But after less than 24 hours, it was removed and replaced with a stock photograph.

Why would this innocent picture suddenly be purged from the internet? We emailed the Daily Express to inquire, as the article (which referred to the picture) no longer made sense. The reply was astonishing, to say the very least.

Apparently the Express received a message from the couple's "press office", indicating that they did not wish photographs to appear in the press that made them look "too happy." An unnamed Daily Express reporter kindly put it in context.

"So often pictured as a sad, withdrawn figure, she and husband Gerry burst into laughter as they promoted her book about their lost daughter Madeleine."