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iluvdb8
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AK-47debater
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The Madeline Mccann kidnapping was abused and exaggerated by the media, which led to harm.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/15/2007 Category: News
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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iluvdb8

Pro

On. May 4th, 2007 Madeline Mccann was reported snatched from the ground story of her condo at a resort in southern portugal, while her two-year-old twin brothers and her were sleeping, and her parents were out of the condo eating dinner. Immediately, with at first positive help from the parents, aired multiple stories about the kidnapping on british and portuguese television. Soon after, the media attached itself to the story and reported every move by the police, speech by the Mccanns, and remained 24/7 outside the mccann residence, even after the mccanns pleaded for the press to leave, saying that they wanted a better life than this for her two remaining children.

There are multiple reasons that prove the media hurt the mccann family, other children in Britain, and possibly madeline herself.

1)according to amnesty international, 1.35 million children get kidnapped a year, but, only .78 million of those are reported. Also, it has been found more likely for a kidnapped child to be killed if the media is aware of the kidnapping. And, this makes sense. if you knew that almost a billion people in the world could recognize the face of the little girl you had in captivity, and you knew that juries in convicting you would have a more corrupted opinion against you, you would want to get rid of the threat to your freedom.

2) The media targeted young children with information on Madeline Mccann. The media and the mccann family placed the story of madeline mccann and her picture in commercials before the child and animated movie "Shrek 3" and on bookmarks inside additions of the final installment of the harry potter series "Harry potter and the deathly hallows" Such targeting according to many parents scared their children and gave them nightmares. The media was targeting an innocent group of children who should of had no connection to the tragedy.

These are just some of the reasons why i think i will win this debate
AK-47debater

Con

1. You stated that the Mccanns are being harmed by the media, however the Mccanns are actually the instigators of the media.
-The Mccanns have hired a normal media advisor and a crime media advisor. These two have worked together for the Mccanns to put together a host of fliers, posters, videos, advertisements, and websites to inform the media.
- According to reuters.com
-"Over the subsequent months Madeleine's parents implemented a publicity campaign that kept the disappearance in the public eye in many countries though there was criticism that the media attention was excessive and lacked objectivity. The disappearance led the news in the UK for over a week with subsequent daily coverage of events. There was regular coverage in Portugal and periodic coverage in other countries. An official site for the search was set up and a fund-raising company, known as Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned, was launched. The directors of the company subsequently decided that no money from the Fund would be used to pay the McCanns' legal costs. The parents had an audience with the Pope and embarked on a tour of key European and North African countries, together with a visit to the United States, to raise and maintain awareness. There were appeals from many political leaders and sporting personalities and over �2.6 million of rewards were offered."
- This proves that it is the Mccanns who are abusing the media and harming themselves and their daughter

2. It is not the fault of the media but of the Mccanns. In turn, if their daughter was killed, it was their fault not the media's.
Debate Round No. 1
iluvdb8

Pro

Though your argument was interesting, it did not entirely make sense. You said and i quote, "it is the Mccanns who are abusing the media and harming themselves and their daughter." though i agree that it was the Mccann parents themselves who instigated the media to begin the long line of stories, they were not abusing the media. The Mccanns gave the media the story, which they later used to fill pages and pages of newspaper, but after the Mccanns had had enough with the media frenzy, the media kept the storm raging, and could of possibly hurt madeline mccann. Though the Mccann family did instigate the media frenzy, it was the media itself was not forced by the Mccann family to publish the story on the front page of every newspaper and have the story air nightly on the 10 o'clock news, which was what did the harm, it was not madeline's family that could of cost the girl her life.
AK-47debater

Con

1. Your comeback made no sense. The Mccanns, as I have proved abused the usage of media to show the public their story.

2. The Mccanns raised 6 million pounds, 5.75 million of which they used for their media, and .25 of which they used for fundraising. According to reuters.com.

3. These are the things that they did involving the media (USA Today)
- Set up 8 different websites advertising the kidnap of their daughter
- Hired a media advisor and a crime media advisor to create advertisements
-Traveled to 17 different countries and in those countries they
- posted thousands of fliers
- talked with the governments about their daughter's kidnapping
- had many fundraisers to fund their daughter's public awareness
- Hired a group of policemen to broadcast the search for their daughter
- Arranged interviews with almost every newspaper, tv newscaster, and radio newscaster in England
- Arranged publishers and movie theaters to put advertisements inside books, on dvds, and in movie theaters
- On a side note, if a young child reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is more scared of the advertisement than the book, they are seriously deranged

4. All these things that the Mccanns have done are
- Provocative towards the kidnapper (putting their daughter in harm's way)
- completely abusing the media

5. Also, if you think that this is not abusing the media then what is. These "media exaggerations" are the fault of the Mccann family, not the media itself.
Debate Round No. 2
iluvdb8

Pro

During the course of this debate, you have made one argument. You believe that it was the mccann family that instigated the media. I am not referring to fliers, i am not referring to seeing a picture of her on the back of a milk carton. Though the mccanns had a media advisor, 2.5 million dollars, part of which was spent on commercials and fliers, is not enough to get the new york post, usa today, the herald tribune, the sydney morning herald, and the l.a. times to post a story on her disappearance on the front page of the newspaper for 6 whole months! Yes, the mccanns did have a media advisor, but that does not mean they have control of which stories are posted online each day. In conclusion, the mccanns put fuel in their vehicle, turned the key, but they handed the wheel to the media, and as a result, the story spun out of control, and the storm wouldn't even end after the mccanns pleaded, tears in their eyes, for the media to leave the gates of their house. How can you say that was caused by the family itself. The media campaign began to have the ability to indirectly hurt people, including 3-year-old madeline mccann, after the media took the wheel and turned the plight of a family into an international media frenzy.

THis is why i believe i have won this debate.
AK-47debater

Con

1. You have created no sustancial arguments.

2. You have no evidence of any of you facts, yet all my facts have evidence.

3. Media- According to IHT(international herald tribune)
- over 73.25% of the media was from
- the Mccanns sites
- the mccans advertisement
- the posters amde by the mccanns
- the interviews that the mccanns arranged with most every substantial newspaper in the world
- articles posted to most newspapers

4. You stated "the mccanns put fuel in their vehicle, turned the key, but they handed the wheel to the media, and as a result, the story spun out of control, and the storm wouldn't even end after the mccanns pleaded, tears in their eyes, for the media to leave the gates of their house."
- just proved that it is the Mccanns fault by saying they handed the wheel to the media
- As i have just proved, they not only started the car and pulled it out of the driveway, but they sat in the front seat, navigated, and were backseat drivers.
- You say that the mccanns were in tears yet you have no evidence at all. This is a complete exageration and a terrible lie.

5. You haven't substantially rebutted any of my arguments, and you have made bad points with no evidence. I have rebutted all your arguments and made clear points with complete evidence.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by AK-47debater 9 years ago
AK-47debater
you can't say that when a debate has finished. that will influence others. you have no proof.
Posted by iluvdb8 9 years ago
iluvdb8
FYI: the media its self reported how much the mccanns had begged then to leave the gates of their residence..i didn't lie
Posted by ceaser 9 years ago
ceaser
i can not accept the challenge as i agree with you, giving the media full reign of things has given the kidnapper every reason to make sure this girl is never seen again, so she cant testify against him.

it also makes him aware of where the authorities are searching so he can plan his moves accordingly.
Posted by iluvdb8 9 years ago
iluvdb8
Im sorry, i made a typo, in the fourth line, directly after the comma, insert the words "the media", sorry for the inconvenience.
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