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or just stating the facts?


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#1 bluprintwil

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:57 PM

Mum freed of drug charges

They have a drop down menu in this article, about a mother being freed of drug trafficking charges, that displays her 'family tree' of children. All are not in her care, and one that is listed was miscarried at 17 weeks, which rounds the number of children she has birthed as 8.

I just found it really offensive that her role as a mother has been latched onto by the media and can't IMAGINE for a second that it would happen if it was a father.

Unless there is something in this story I am unaware of, I just found it totally pathetic that the Australian media are doing this, when it is something I am more akin to seeing in British media, where it is 'anything to sell a story'.

Very keen to hear others views on this.

#2 Mocha Coffee

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:54 PM

I very much agree with you and find it entirely unnecessary.

#3 SnazzyFeral

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:06 PM

I think it is sexist but it is pretty normal for a woman to be identifed by her sexual avalibility and her family role rather than as an individual.

#4 ShopgirlX

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

Information that has no relevance to the story!  I don't think it's sexist though, but it is typical media sensationalism.  I can't stand the way a lot of things are reported these days (and don't get me started on some of the appalling language used - !).

#5 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:24 PM

It's very odd and a lot of the information has no relevance to the case. I guess they are trying to portray her in a certain way.

#6 BetteBoop

Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:32 AM

That timeline is utterly revolting. Why does the average person need her life splayed out in lurid detail, including photos to illustrate?

The charges were dropped in Malaysia but now she's on trial in the Australian media.

#7 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:36 AM

Because it makes a better story when the media can be morally outraged that she has six children who don't live with her.
They are painting her to be a certain "kind of person" which is just one of many reasons that I can't stand our current media.

#8 Oriental lily

Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:50 AM

They had a three page spread on this woman with a whole bio on her provided by her eldest daughter and mum in the herald sun a month or so ago.
It was deffinately done to set her in a 'loser' light.

Yet chopper reed gets front page news promoting his new book...

The media likes nothing better that ripping a less than ideal mother to shreads.

But if you are convicted crook and murderer who tells a good yarn then they are whorshiped rolleyes.gif .

There is deffinately a element od sexism in it.

Edited by Oriental lily, 10 November 2012 - 06:52 AM.


#9 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:50 AM

QUOTE (shopgirl76 @ 09/11/2012, 10:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Information that has no relevance to the story!  I don't think it's sexist though, but it is typical media sensationalism.  I can't stand the way a lot of things are reported these days (and don't get me started on some of the appalling language used - !).


Agreed. Journalism really isn't what it used to be.


#10 mandala

Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:53 AM

Just for comparison, the ABC and Age articles describe her as a nurse and don't mention her children at all, while the SBS website describes her as a mother of six - but no timeline.

The timeline in the originally posted article serves no purpose other than to make it easier to judge her for her life. Nice to see that they note where the fathers are unknown, and provide dates so you can really tut over her children. Then to describe a miscarriage as a stillbirth and include that - what purpose is there in including that if not to imply that she's a bad mother and therefore a bad person?

#11 Guest_AllegraM_*

Posted 10 November 2012 - 06:59 AM

Because it makes such a lovely morality tale for all those naughty girls out there. If you don't keep your legs together girls, you will be on a downward spiral like this woman.



#12 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:05 AM

I was shocked when I first saw that version of the story and agree with you entirely OP (and with the comments about journalism - you would think with there over all being far less journalists would mean editors and owners would keep the good ones but it doesn't appear to work that way!)

Having said that I think when the media gets a hold of something they go into as much detail as possible regardless of the subject - it is mostly "pretty white girls" because as we all know girls should be at home raising kids and being nice, bad boys are much more acceptable however I can think of (but not provide evidence because I can't be a*sed) idiotic programs chasing up "welfare dads" and dads who don't pay childcare to their "heaps of kids to different mums" (I think we all know which programs I'm alluding to!)

The commercial media seems to be getting worse in both it's choice of stories and it's reporting of them. It's all entertainment now, not someone's life sad.gif

#13 BetteBoop

Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:53 AM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 10/11/2012, 06:50 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The media likes nothing better that ripping a less than ideal mother to shreads.


I agree. She fits the 5 kids to 8 different dads stereotype.

The story would be even better if they listed all of the men she's had sex with.

Edited by BetteBoop, 10 November 2012 - 07:53 AM.


#14 Oriental lily

Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:05 AM

Well the article I read said she had a preference to black men.

So getting close BB.

#15 BetteBoop

Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

QUOTE (Oriental lily @ 10/11/2012, 08:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Well the article I read said she had a preference to black men.


Well that completes the picture a bit better. Any mention of preferred sexual positions?

The public has a right to know.

#16 Oriental lily

Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:16 AM

I would really love for her to come back to Australia remembering she has been convicted of NOTHING and get a good lawyer and sue he bum of the herald sun and the like for defamation of character and invasion of privacy.

How dare they make a innocents woman's life fodder for gossip!


#17 Oriental lily

Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:29 AM

She was innocent because she was not convicted and they found no grounds to charge her.

Think what you like about it but that's the official ruling.

It does not matter who provided the information on her the herald sun was the one who chose to compile the story and get the juicy gossip and back story in the public arena.

We are constantly told on EB that lawyers advice them to not let people speculate due concerns of legal action. And we the public are providing the speculation.

So that indicates to me she would have a case.

Edited by Oriental lily, 10 November 2012 - 08:31 AM.


#18 Nataliah

Posted 10 November 2012 - 08:33 AM

I completely agree with everyone here.  I am also pretty disgusted at the detail they go into on the family, in particular naming the grandmother who is caring for one of her children.  If anyone is definitely innocent it is those children and their carers, they do not deserve such identifying information about them spread around...

#19 red_squirrel

Posted 10 November 2012 - 09:36 AM

It's to paint her as a certain type of woman. i.e Bogan
because only bogan's are drug smugglers don't ya know.

Besides 1kg of meth? who did it belong to?  knew nothing of it my backside.




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