Interviewing Madeleine McCann's Father

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There are pictures (taken yesterday and explained below) and video posted today.

First the video: It is from my drawer of handycam tapes that I have not shown any place (I had not even seen them until I figured out recently how to post them here.) The tape is an old one — from the time we were covering the Scott Peterson trial — but the point of posting is to show you what we do when we go out to cover a story. The point of posting the video is not to tell you anything about the Peterson case... you already know about that case.

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You know what we do in front of the camera, but if you want to understand this business — or at least how we do our show — these short clips I post give you a bit of an idea. When we travel to remote stories, we don't just sit in front of a camera waiting for 10 p.m. ET to come around. We are busy all day long. We "pound the pavement" in an effort to learn as much as we can so that we can best report to you at 10 p.m. We try and learn new things so that we can then tell you.

Yesterday I got a surprise interview — meaning one that I had not planned to do. About 3 p.m. I was told that if we went to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in Alexandria, Virginia (just across the river from Washington, DC), we could interview missing 4-year-old Madeleine McCann’s father. I was told that we had to go right away… so no planning, just jumping in the car.

Ordinarily I like to prepare for an interview, but of course I had covered the child’s disappearance and thus did not need much time to prepare to interview her father. Dr. McCann is here in the United States for about 36 hours, talking to the attorney general of the United States and others.

I am told, unless there is a giant surprise, that the interview with Dr. McCann will air on tonight’s show. We could not air it last night — we wanted to air it last night but Dr. McCann asked us to hold the interview for 24 hours as a condition for doing the interview. I suspect he promised some other network the first interview and thus the requirement that we hold our interview for 24 hours. We were content to do so since being first was not as important to us (this time) as it was to be able to go see him in person and interview him. So, you will see the interview tonight.

Of course, in addition to the taped interview, we took some still pictures while at the Center for Missing and Exploited Children (posted).

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The pictures give you just a small peek into the interview, where it was shot, how it was shot, etc.

Off camera, Dr. McCann and I discussed the issue of missing children. It is stunning that there are so many missing children. I wish I knew — are there more missing children now than a decade ago? Or are we just doing more shows on it and finally highlighting a crisis?

Yes, I read your e-mails and yes, many people continue to wonder why Madeleine's parents left the children alone that night... and some e-mailers want the parents prosecuted for doing so.

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hi Greta,
This is outrageous that a man can get asylum in this country, attend high school and community college in English but yet he can't understand the legal proceedings against him. This is why Judge Katherine Savage should resign, she just set precedence for all foreigners who will make the same claim when they break the laws in this country. She's a moron and he should be deported and tried in his country then.
Lisa Nichols
Southlake, TX

E-mail No. 2

Greta, I'm with you. What's with all of the personal attacks? It's like a bunch of school yard kids. Are people jealous because Senator Thompson has an attractive wife? What's wrong with Hillary Clinton showing a little cleavage? I'm not a big Hillary fan but I've seen some pictures of her where she is very attractive. So what if she wants to dress a little different than normal? Perhaps she's sick of her wardrobe, I know I get sick of mine. I also get tired of some prominent members of Congress saying that the president is dumb or brain dead. I don't believe he is either. I say, people grow up!
Lee's Summit, MO

E-mail No. 3

Hi Greta,
I'm with you. Had the judge went public on "The O'Reilly Factor" it would have been nothing more than perfect grounds for an appeal. Judges are supposed to be fair and impartial, it's not their job to help the prosecution with their case. This is definitely a botched prosecution case, a criminal is back on the streets and a the system failed the victim.
It's another sad day for all Americans and our legal system.

E-mail No. 4

Dear William O'Reilly & Great Van Susteren, (sic)
There was a simple solution, the current president of Liberia is a Woman (Harvard Graduate - Economics) a friend of the U.S., their embassy in the Washington D.C. could have been approached to provide the appropriate interpreter!! Dah!!!
Yours sincerely,
Armen Dabbaghian

E-mail No. 5

I am a retired Court Administrator from Indiana. I and my staff was responsible to hire all interpreters or translators for all courts at my location. We actually located numerous dialects. The court must obtain neutral interpreters not prosecutor or defense recommended interpreters. Administration of justice should be protected as fair and impartial at all times.
Also a language line through AT&T has never failed to find my courts interpreters within 24 hours when all else failed. The interpreter communicated via a speaker phone in the courtroom.
Polly Pearce

E-mail No. 6

Dear Greta,
Funny you should ask what is with that phrase! I had a heated discussion with a friend of mine last week who called Thompson's wife a trophy wife. I asked how she could be so sure it wasn't true love. She said it has nothing to do with love, just the fact that Mrs. Thompson looks like arm candy for an older man. It's the fact that in her opinion a man of lesser position in society would never have been able to get a date with a much younger, attractive woman.
According to her, it was his age and position that got him the first date. If it turned into love, great, but she said that is the origin of the phrase. It's a trophy for a man that otherwise could not have dated or even hooked that woman. His money and position allowed him to "get" the younger woman to have on his arm in front of his friends. It's a sign of true success (trophy) among men according to her. "All the married men at the country club saying look who Fred was able to get"
The scary part of that heated discussion was it was another woman saying that! To me, it's a demeaning remark to the man and woman to make a comment like that. I believe in face value as a means of accepting a relationship. If they love each other as intellectual equals and age doesn't matter to them, that's fine and people should keep their comments to themselves. Who are we to say they are not soul mates????
As far as Hillary's clothes, that's the penalty for being a woman trying to get ahead in a man's world. Look at what Katie Couric is going through at CBS. Women are far worse than men when it comes to being critical of other women. I cannot picture anyone saying look at how Harry Reid or Brian Williams are dressing these days.
Have a great night.
Warm regards,
Maria M.

E-mail No. 7

Hi Greta
When you mentioned the Peterson case here in Modesto, CA, I thought about their home.
It's been purchased once and vacated not much longer after Scott Peterson trial was over. It is back on the market and there are no takers.... it may be heading to the monthly housing auction held on the steps of the courthouse.
About John Mark Karr... I believe that he believes he was there spiritually; that he was there, but not physically there. Another explanation would be that he was about to be arrested in that small Asian country for something serious, so he confessed to Jon Benet's death to get a free ticket home, and not have to remain there and suffer in their jail/prison. (The name of the country escapes me....Thailand??) I think, most of the time, he is just messing with our minds. He likes the attention and being mysterious. Noticed that he's still wearing eyeliner.

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