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McCanns: The Uk Media Versus The Portuguese Media Game

Spot the differences: How are the McCanns questioned by

a Portuguese Journalist (Sandra Felgueiras):






or by a UK 'journalist' (BBC):


or by the McCanns TV(SKY)


Transcript, Sky News Interview, Part 2,
May 1,2008

Starts at 5:11 on the video:

Kate: Madeleine made a comment in passing "Where were you when I cried?" - not just to Mummy by the way - just generally. It seemed a bit odd, I mean, a very kind of passing remark. She doesn't usually wake up, and if she woke up she must have fallen back to sleep really quickly, um . . . and then , she moved on, you know, she moved on . . .

Gerry: Anybody with young children will understand that children cry, they wake up at night and they cry. During that week there was one night - and we can't give too much detail because that's part of the investigation - but there was one night when Madeleine had come to and one of the other twins was crying, so when she did mention this to us and we asked her about it and we thought she was completely fine - we thought - Was it when they were in the bath or getting them, you know, first putting them down in that period that they are really tired? Of course with hindsight, in the context of what's happened, of Madeleine being abducted, it's been put in a very different light, and it's put in a very different light for us, and of course once we emphasized to the police --

Kate: (Interrupting Gerry) If Madeleine hadn't been abducted - If Madeleine hadn't been abducted, we'd never have thought of that comment again. You know, it's only in hindsight, you know, which is a wonderful thing, you think "I wonder if it's relevant?" and that's the reason we told the authorities.

Just adding for Comparison:

The first interview with Jane Hill from the BBC on 25 May 2007,with Kate McCann, where Kate admits she never did anything that could be described as 'physically searching':

Jane Hill: "I met people who didn't go to work for more than a week because everyday they were down on the beach, searching the streets. Did you, as a mother Kate, just sometimes think 'I've got to go and be out there with them. I want to go and just physically look as well."

Kate: (Pause) I mean, I did. Errm... (Long Pause) Errm, we'd been working really hard really. Apart... I mean, the first 48 hours, as Gerry said, are incredibly difficult and we were almost non-functioning, I'd say, errm, but after that you get strength from somewhere. We've certainly had loads of support and that's given us strength and its been able to make us focus really so we have actually, in our own way, it might not be physically searching but we've been working really hard and doing absolutely everything we can really to get Madeleine back."

Jenny: 'And how will you deal with the guilt that will probably stay with you forever of having left Madeleine alone?'

Kate: 'Well, I have actually come to terms a little bit with... with that, Jenny, I mean, you know... I know the, errm, I know the situation that we were in that night and uh, I've said all along, I didn't feel I was taking a risk. Errm, yeah, I... I do feel desperately sorry I wasn't with Madeleine at that minute when she was taken. Errm, I'd also like to mention I've had so much support from so many people. I've had so many letters and comments sent me.. sent to me from other families, and particularly other mums saying, you know, we have done what you have done a hundred times over, do not blame yourself.'

And also the audio link to the complete interview

On the same Interview an interesting analyses done by Nige

Kate's displacement from the events of Madeleine's disappearance

First of all, it should be noted that transcribing what Kate actually says in her interviews is surprisingly difficult. Through observation of her talking on videos, she appears calm, articulate and in control.

However, when you begin to transcribe what she has actually said, it quickly becomes apparent how she intersperses her words with lots of pauses, 'errms', nervous giggles/laughs, half constructed words and noises - which may be the start of unfinished words or just pausing sounds. The tempo of her speech is also erratic and she alternates between short bursts of extremely fast speech, when she feels under pressure, and long, drawn out passages that are slow and almost become a drawl.

Although she presents a calm and controlled exterior to the world, her erratic and confusing spoken word would appear to suggest that she conceals different emotions beneath her placid surface.

The first interview with Jane Hill from the BBC - 25 May 2007

This interview is interesting as it is the first interview given by the McCanns after the disappearance of Madeleine. They had previously only given short, scripted statements.

Perhaps the most revealing question in the interview is this one:

Jane Hill: "I met people who didn't go to work for more than a week because everyday they were down on the beach, searching the streets. Did you, as a mother Kate, just sometimes think 'I've got to go and be out there with them. I want to go and just physically look as well."

Kate: (Pause) I mean, I did. Errm... (Long Pause) Errm, we'd been working really hard really. Apart... I mean, the first 48 hours, as Gerry said, are incredibly difficult and we were almost non-functioning, I'd say, errm, but after that you get strength from somewhere. We've certainly had loads of support and that's given us strength and its been able to make us focus really so we have actually, in our own way, it might not be physically searching but we've been working really hard and doing absolutely everything we can really to get Madeleine back."

What is significant in Kate's answer here?

Four things: Kate's displacement from the event, her inability to express what 'she' actually felt, an apparent, almost desperate, desire to promote a 'united' front and a reluctance to commit an answer to the question.

It is significant that she says "the first 48 hours, as Gerry said, are incredibly difficult". Her use of the word 'are' instead of 'were' is very revealing. It's as though she's quoting something that she has been advised by a counsellor. 'The first 48 hours are the most difficult'. What she has done here is displaced herself from the scene and is reporting on it, not from it.

It is also revealing how she uses the word 'you' and, again, shows her displacement. She says: "after that you get strength from somewhere". Why is she using 'you' in this sentence? The interviewer has asked her for her personal feelings. Why doesn't she say 'I got strength...' or 'we got strength...' Again, she is placing herself outside the event, looking in.

She uses the word 'we' six times in this brief quote because it would appear she's struggling to answer it, without revealing that she has never actually searched for her missing daughter. Use of the word 'we' and also 'us', which is mentioned twice along with Gerry's name, suggests she's trying to hide under a 'united' front. This suggests she feels vulnerable and needs the support from Gerry to continue. The overall impression given is that they are not individuals, with their own feelings, but a team who will not be diverted from the path they have chosen.

She also mentions the word 'really' three times, which could be interpreted as a conscious, or subconscious, desire to convince the interviewer, and those watching, that she 'really' is telling the truth.

It would appear from this passage that she's telling us, in a displaced way, how she thinks 'they' should feel, not how 'she' herself really did feel. Why? Is it because she is nervous in her first interview or could it be because she doesn't know how someone who has had their daughter abducted really feels?

Ultimately, Kate's answer, despite being wrapped in curious passages where she feels compelled to mention the support they've received, is quite shocking. The fact is, despite locals giving up work for a week to search the beach and streets for Madeleine, she has admitted that she never actually did any physical searching for her missing daughter.

The only other question directed to Kate, specific to the disappearance was this one:

Jane Hill: 'And then on that Thursday night, Kate, when you realised that she wasn't in her bed where you left her. Did you think even momentarily perhaps that she'd just woken up, wandered off of her own accord, perhaps?'

Kate: 'Not at all, no' (There is then a pause, where Jane Hill may well have expected Kate to elucidate the reasoning behind her bold answer but Kate doesn't say anymore - after an embarrassingly long pause Gerry takes over and answers the question)



5 comments:

  1. On the third video and fith video the McCann's both say that Madeleine dropped it when they asked her about crying.

    On the 11th of April 2008 Mitchell on Daily Mail said:
    They wanted to question her about it. She just walked off, laughing and happy. She was a child so she (Kate) dropped it.
    Clarence Mitchell Daily Mail April 11

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  2. Well spotted Mariana, have you noticed that in the 22 interviews to the various Media stations they seem to be declaiming/reciting from a memorized speech/script?

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  3. Joana, I am amazed that they keep on telling their stupid lies and no journalist is bothered.
    We must be grateful to the BBC for not editing out, the part at the end.
    Other than that Gerry and Kate, think they are speaking to imbeciles.
    It is the "50 yards" all over again.
    Haven't they learn anything?

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  4. «they seem to be declaiming/reciting from a memorized speech/script»

    In that case, someone should tell them that THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "SIESTA" IN PORTUGAL. That is a Spanish (or Mexican) habit. It's very rare for a Portuguese child to take a nap during the afternoon. Is it normal to send kids to bed (while in holidays) at 7:30 p.m.? In order to have them wake up after a 12 (!) hours sleep, even so they would get up at 7:30 a.m., every morning… during holidays, in a foreign country! Is this normal, by any chance?

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  5. Boa tarde,Joana.

    Isto é mais um desabafo.Um dos anónimos que pica o Paulo enviou-me no mesmo comentário um recado.Para que eu não respondesse pelo Paulo.
    Maníacos e obcessivos que não passam do mesmo sitío, cheira um pouco a esquizóide.

    (obcessivo,pois fala sempre na verdade daquele momento ,do Paulo, na 1ª conferência na rua em que refere a dor nos olhos de K.-só que apesar disso jogavam tb. ténis e faziam jogging,com a filha sabe-se lá como ou onde).

    E fiquei a saber hoje,noutro Blog que surripiaram o portátil do Pastor; de um Jornalista;papéis ao Pastor e ao vizinho de G.A.

    É um fartar!

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