At what point does the media fairly report the news and at what point do they become the news? That’s the problem we see with Laura Sparkes reporting of the Dorothy Lee Barnett 20 Year Parental Kidnapping Case. Reporter Laura Sparkes has introduced herself into the story, almost taking part in the parental alienation in her reporting of this story. She has injected herself into the now adult child victim’s life as part of a really disgraceful form of a Television Reality Show.
Over the past 20 years, we have followed the cases of these underground moms that kidnap their children. What is similar in these cases is that the parental kidnapping mothers and their family are self-centered attention seekers. They believe that a different set of rules apply to them then other members of society. We saw this in the early ’90s when Faye Yager talked about Dorothy Barnett’s case on a TV Talk Show. Let’s face it, the father was invited to appear on this show, he didn’t convince these producers to do this show, they were telling Dorothy’s story. At that time, Yager took responsibility for aiding in Dorothy Lee Barnett’s kidnapping of Savanna. Next, we followed the mother in the controversial Children of the Underground story by Pittsburgh Post Reporter McKenzie Carpenter and Photographer Allan Detrich. This Duo hoped to win a pulitzer for this story. Detrich was present at several parental kidnappings and took photographs of several of those abductions. At the time, we thought that was unethical. It was our feeling that some of those parental kidnapping would not have taken place if the media was not involved. Allan Detrich was later fired by the Toledo Blade News Organization and publicly reprimanded by the National Press Photographers Association for digitally altering numerous photos, a code of ethics violation in photo journalism.
Here are some Parental Kidnapping Statistics in Australia that we haven’t seen in any of Laura Sparkes’ coverage of this case.
“Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show about 2.5 million Australians are currently denied access to family members because of family-law proceedings.”
“International kidnappings of Australian children are steadily rising, a tragic consequence of the growth in cross-cultural relationships. According to the federal Attorney-General’s Department, 163 parents sought their abducted child’s return using the Hague Convention last financial year, up from 146 parents two years ago. It’s the highest rate of international child abductions a year of anywhere in the world.”
We noticed that Laura Sparkes has not taken the time to tell the plight of Family Abduction victims and the horrible and emotional impact it has on children. Rather than have the young adult victim say she wasn’t a victim, how about interviewing an expert in this field? Laura Sparkes, if you would like a list of people to interview, we could supply you with one.
Finally, in our quest to find photos of parentally kidnapped children in Australia, we found that it is illegal to identify children involved in custody disputes in Australia. Australia requires a Publication Order to publish a picture of a child that has been parentally kidnapped. Getting a Solicitor or an Attorney to get a Recover Order and then a Publication requires a searching parent to spent a significant amount of money.
We would think that these are far greater issues to Australian law-abiding citizens than the story of Dorothy Lee Barnett.
Please to catch mums and dads on the run (The Telegraph News, March 14, 2010)
Child recovery specialist: on the hunt (The Sydney Morning Herald, Oct. 7, 2012)