Looking over the 5,000-plus tweets from her @sweepyface account, there is clearly a fixation – even an unsettling obsession with the McCanns.
She describes them as neglectful parents, objects to their ongoing media appearances, and complains that they are profiting from their daughter’s disappearance.All things I agree with – no doubt that makes me a ‘troll’ as well?
In short, her conduct would aggravate some and deeply offend others – but much the same could be said of select comedians, journalists and celebrities who can reach millions.Indeed it could.
The crucial question is: did she incite others to harm the McCanns? Or threaten to abduct the McCanns’ other children? Or pose any clear menace?
On Twitter at least it doesn’t seem so.So, like Anna Raccoon, one wonders why she was chosen as the sacrificial lamb in the case. Was it – as Claire intimates – because she was easy to find?
At times, their behaviour may border on loathsome, but a news team with a high-profile journalist at the helm is not the way to bring about justice.Indeed. And so we must ask – why was a high-profile journalist despatched?
* using the media’s definition of the word