Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Maddie Madness

How many have heard the name Lilibeth Deltoro or Anthony Vincent? Does Trenton Duckett or Benjamin Everett ring a bell? No? But you do know who Maddie McCann and JonBenet Ramsey is.

That's because the MSM selects only one child, usually from an affluent family, to carry on their newspages, sometimes for years, while ignoring all others. The story here touches on that phenomenon:

FEDERAL Indigenous Affairs Minister Mal Brough has criticised the Australian media for fixating on stories like that of missing British girl Madeleine McCann while ignoring the terrible plight of the nation's indigenous children.

Mr Brough this week visited the remote West Australian Aboriginal town of Kalumburu, where about 15 men, including community leaders, were charged earlier this year with child sex abuse offences.

During his visit Mr Brough learned police were investigating allegations that several children, aged 11 to 15, had abused eight younger children. Several have since been charged.

Speaking at Melbourne University last night, Mr Brough said he was "appalled" that story did not make the front page of every newspaper in the country and dominate the TV news for days.

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