Clarence Mitchell: The Drama Shark
Clarence Mitchell by
Eduardo Dâmaso, Deputy Chief Editor of Correio da Manhã
The McCann Family Spokesman is a shark used to the meanders of the English Politics. He knows how to use the words and chooses the moments for drama - like that hilarious moment where he allowed himself to be filmed in a supposed phone call with the couple* - and others, when the communication is serious.
Yesterday, between the drama and the seriousness he threatened the newspapers who reproduce the Book by Gonçalo Amaral with processes for slander. 'Either they are very brave or completely stupid' said Mitchell. It's not one thing or the other. In Portugal - we believe ... that we still have the freedom of expression, and, without offending anyone, we still can write and say different things from what is told by the McCanns or by Mr. Mitchell. We can still write about the doubts that an investigation raises. We can still say, I believe, that an archiving is a long way of being considered a declaration of innocence. Mr. Mitchell would like to create a 'wall of silence' over this issue but honestly that will be impossible for him to achieve. Mr. Mitchell is in fact someone who owes something to the silence. At least, that is what his status of witness, advises to - but, in that matter, the Portuguese authorities are much more generous, mainly when they are british subjects.
* that was the most odd TV moment I ever saw - Sky News, the McCanns Favourite Channel - filming live a brown wall and a table filled with 15 microphones for 10 minutes: journalists were moving around, then there was a cut to Mitchell speaking with the McCanns on the mobile phone, back to brown wall, back to flies flying around and then finally the McCanns arrive for their final press script reading - pardon, supposed press conference with three pre arranged questions. Odd, hum?