I'm tired of reading about them.
I'm tired of watching programmes about them.
I'm tired of hearing that they must be guilty. I'm tired of hearing that they must be innocent. I'm tired of seven million different "reports" on the nature, texture and reliability of the blood/hair/bodily fluid that may or may not have been found in the hire car/ in the McCann's apartment/ in another apartment/ by a sniffer dog on that bloody cuddly toy. I'm tired of hearing what "sources close to" the McCanns, the Portuguese police, the British police, the British forensic services and the cat said. I don't care if the Portuguese police like long lunches and sometimes have a glass of wine. I'm not surprised that the Portuguese press are printing every third hand rumour they hear, nor am I surprised that our press doesn't hesitate to reprint them. Incidentally, I don't think that prefacing their gossip-mongering with self-righteous wittering about the degeneracy of the Portuguese press and police gives our media the moral high ground.
If you laid the column inches devoted to the McCanns over the last week end to end they'd reach to Pluto and back, and what does it come down to? That some DNA material has been found, the nature and/or location of which has led the police to think that the poor child is probably dead and that one or both of her parents may have had something to do with it. At the moment, no one knows whether they did or not. I think it's likely that no one ever will.
And I do seem to recall something about, you know, being innocent until proven guilty, and ill-informed and prejudicial press coverage being the sort of thing that can not only ruin the lives of innocent people, but derail the judicial process by making it impossible to give defendants a fair trial and thereby allowing potentially guilty people to avoid a trial on a technicality. My point is that whether the McCanns are guilty or innocent, this constant, unrestrained, stream-of-consciousness coverage is bound to be counterproductive in the long run one way or another.
You know what I'd really like? I'd like to open a newspaper that didn't contain a six-page spread about the McCanns. And if it could possibly not have anything about Diana in it either, that would be just peachy...