Brittany Higgins and her boyfriend joked via text messaging about wanting a sex scandal, one month before her alcohol-fuelled sleep-over in her boss’ office.
Higgins’ police- and doctor-avoidant behaviour; her media magnetism; her lucrative book deals; her publicly brazen contempt of court. All of this points toward someone with a thirst for a spotlight outshining a thirst for justice.
This exemplifies a modern first-world phenomenon – an antisocial problem driven by an antisocial, social media in which “every-one’s a star” in their own instagram echo-chamber. This is a cyber-world of endless flattery; exaggerated evidence of “living my best life”; photoshopped flaw augmentation; and a transactional currency of “likes” and “shares” buying human validation. This has created a narcissistic bubble of insanity that seems resistant to deflation. And it’s having a ripple effect on the hearts and minds of children watching all of this.
A US ‘Morning Consult’ study found that 54% of 13- to 38-year-olds aspire to becoming a “Social Media Influencer” as a primary career ambition.
A UK Harris Poll study found that today’s children are more likely to aspire to become a “YouTuber” (29%) than an Astronaut (11%).
That’s a lot of children, and our failure to sound the alarm bells for two decades has allowed an erosion of much more than literacy, academia and space exploration. This narcissistic hunger for stardom is widespread, and it is increasingly affecting our justice systems too.
Not everyone can be a star of course, nor a sex-scandalette, nor a catwalk-walking Walkley talkly journalist. Many-a-failed aspirant has resorted to the age-old aphorism of “fake it til you make it.”
This becomes problematic when one or more parties have not consented to play the theatrical role of ‘sex villian’ in such a contrivance. This becomes catastrophic when the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) succumbs to the wiles of wayward journalism, distorting the all-important distinction between the “damsel in distress,” and a “vexatious vixen.”
Bruce Lehrmann, Cardinal George Pell, Craig McLachlan, Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG, Andrew Laming MP and now swim coach Kyle Daniels. Each of these men have been unwilling players in a catastrophic breakdown of judicial process. Each were accused of crimes sensationalised by journalists, a sensationalism that blinded the Office of the DPP in performing its basic role.
The Prosecution Policy of the DPP forms the foundation of all decisions made throughout a prosecution process that is supposed to be driven by consistency in decision making.
Importantly, the more serious an alleged offence, the greater likelihood public interest will demand a prosecution is pursued. It would seem that in high profile cases in Australia, the “seriousness” of an alleged offence appears to factor in a blinding, and extraneous #MeToo phenomenon and other socialist war-cries, allowing for the consistency in the DPP’s decision making to be eroded by what that public defines as “public interest.”
Here lies the Achilles Heel of the DPP, because it’s not the public defining what is in the “public interest.” “Public interest” is in the toolkit of journalists. We have observed numerous FFX and ABC journalists misappropriating their media privilege to prematurely define, and then amplify what they believe should interest the public.
Clearly journalists have confused their fact-reporting role with a social engineering one. And they are consistently failing in both. When journalistic impropriety has been unmistakably proven by an actual court process, there exists at present no consequences (and certainly no remorse) from the journalists causing unimaginable suffering through their mischievous reporting.
It would appear that the DPP must immediately redefine and reclaim what is in the “public’s interest,” because the public are increasingly, and dangerously resentful toward them.
Not every “damsel in distress” is a truthful one, nor even a good one. It is the basic expectation of good and truthful citizens that our policing and judicial systems apply wisdom to all of the evidence before them, prior to proceeding to prosecuting a potentially innocent man.
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Bruce Lehrmann, Cardinal George Pell, Craig McLachlan, Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG, Andrew Laming MP and now swim coach Kyle Daniels have all survived the scourge of mischievous journalism influencing our justice system.
This has to stop.
– Dan Mealey