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    I don't want to diminish in any way the feelings of anguish felt by Joanna's parents, but I want to question the routine way in which grieving and tearful relatives of those who have gone missing are publicly displayed on TV as if they are performing seals in a grotesque media circus. Such unfortunate individuals are nearly always asked questions such as "how did it make you feel?" which invariably causes them to cry on prime time TV. It’s as if viewers are invited to indulge in a responsibility-free vicarious cry-fest, then say in shocked tones to each other how terrible it is and how they don’t know what’s happening in this country now and how the beast who (presumably) abducted her and ,to make matters worse ate her pitza, should be locked up, castrated and tortured to death except death is too easy for someone like that and he’ll probably get 10 months suspended and community service which will involve nothing more painful than going swimming once a day for three weeks-and paid for by the taxpayer. And have you put the kettle on ?
    It is blatantly obvious that parents of abductees will feel upset and tearful and I don’t like the use of such questions as “how do you feel?”. Perhaps they’ve been encouraged to appear on TV by use of the argument that they may persuade whoever has abducted their daughter to let her go-and to give her back. I wonder whether anyone who has used force to kidnap / kill someone will ever be touched by the tears of parents on TV.
    I wonder whether there is even a shred of evidence that such emotional and emotive appeals have ever achieved success or have helped in any way to secure the return of the abducted person.
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    It must do else the police wouldn't recommend it? I suppose it could encourage someone with information to come forward?
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    too long 4 me to even bother to read
 
 
 
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