Blair seems to be going increasingly mad
BRITAIN'S most senior policeman said yesterday that the coverage of Ian Huntley's murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham was proof that the media were "institutionally racist".
"If we look at the murders in Soham almost nobody can understand why that dreadful story became the biggest story in Britain," Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said.
In contrast, stories about black or Asian victims were relegated to a mention deep inside the newspapers.
A lot of Bloggers, including Laban have documented where white victims have received much less coverage than black victims of similar crimes. Their complaint is the exact opposite of Sir Ian's. Who is right?
I think neither - Press coverage is an example of Chaos theory with almost random Tipping Points into major coverage for some stories. Once a story starts getting coverage it gets more. But within that caveat Soham was particularly nasty in that it invoked nightmares for many in that the children were murdered while being "safe", in pair staying together, in a "nice" area near home, a trusted adult etc. Following all the rules that parents set their children. And that is nastier and more worrying than a random murder.
UPDATE: I don't know if it applies in this case but I know of other cases where the Police ask the Media to constantly question and photograph a "witness" who the Police believe to be guilty. The pressure tends to make them start slipping out extra details - not under caution - and makes them easier to break. The way Huntley was treated makes me believe this technique was used, so maybe, why was there so much Media attention? The Rozzers asked for it!