My heart bled today.
I was working late yesterday and didn't get in till late evening, and catch any News programmes last night. So it wasn't until I walked into the train station to go to work this morning and saw a newsheadlines banner that I found out about Gordon and Sarah Brown's 10 day old baby girl, Jennifer Jane, dieing last night.
The youngest of my two daughters is 2 1/2 years old, so her birth and the days follwoing her birth are still very fresh in my mind - so this heightened my feelings of grief and my heart went out to them - I silently and tearlessly wept for them right there in the station.
I was then taken over by an incredible anger, when I looked around saw the front pages of the tabloids and some of
the broadsheets on the shelves of the station newspaper kiosk.
What the f@$ck is to be gained by printing a photogragh of Gordon & Sarah Brown sitting in the back seat of a car, faces totally stricken and distraught with grief, as you can imagine they would be after your baby had just died in your arms, as they were driven away from the hospital an hour after the baby died.
The photograph was a flash gun lighted shot, I should imagine by a photographer running along side the car with the camera pressed against the rear side window of the car.....
Scum - is my description of these turds who call themselves press photographers. There is no public need to see their grief, one hour after their baby had died in their arms - there is NOT a need to see this type of picture. I was sickened at their complete and utter callousness, insensitivity, their cruelty in there thoughtlessact act. My opinion of every fleet street editor who decided that picure was newsworthy, or the sindicated use of that picture is subteranean.
Text and other pictures would have done. These news photographer/paparazzi have no feelings for what they have shot, they were more excited about getting the picture than the content of the images they were trying to get.
Money grabbing, lowlife, scum.
My heart bleeds for the Browns, nobody should have to go thru what they and countless other couples do when they loose a baby, but to also have to go thru crap like that circus they went thru on leaving the hosptal....
I understand that the press were told after the Browns had left the hospital that the little baby girl, had died.
But the Browns coming out the side entrance and visibly looking distraught, meant that the news was not good. OK so the photographers may not have know she had died, but the Editors knew when they made the decision to print that picture on the front pages, along with the story she had died.
The BBC 10 O'clock news tonight, didn't mention any more about the Browns till the middle of the news, for about 20 seconds they showed a single photograph of the Browns from archive, with a simple text messqage that the nation had been pouring in messages of condolences. That is an example of a dignified approach. (I can't talk for the BBC's behaviour last night, because I didn't watch the news last night, but I hope it was equally dignified and understanding).
I am not a fan of Gordon Brown, in fact I think he is a total and utter useless prat as a Chancellor of the Exchequer. But he is 50 and she 37, they had left the pleasure of family life until late in life, this was their first baby....
I cannot know, or pretend to even know the depths of their grief, so my words are insufficient, I wish, so much, that their hurt can be healed as quickly as possible. The scars I should imagine will never go away, but become numb over time. From one human being to another, I give to them all I have in my heart.
To Jennifer Jane.