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What If?

what-ifRecently a local girl known to me was killed in a single car crash.   The cause of the crash was texting whilst driving.  Personally, I don’t own a mobile phone so that’s one thing I am not guilty of but does this mean we should ban phones from all cars? or indeed ban them entirely?

You see,  blame is a very easy thing to do as long as you are laying it and not expected to take it.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian managed to do something previously unheard of…..they managed to call a hospital and trick staff into giving out information on Princess Katherine’s medical condition.  Did they think it through? Probably not.  Did the station executives and lawyers see this a coupe sure to get ratings?  Of course they did.

You see, the entire focus of the prank was the Princess.  Not the nursing staff.

When Jacintha Saladanha committed suicide over the weekend it was a terrible tragic thing but no one could have known this would be the outcome of this prank so I don’t believe any blame should be given to the radio show hosts or indeed that station.

For example, if  a person defaults on their mortgage then eventually the mortgage holder will come and seize the property  Under certain circumstances this may be the final straw and the mortgage holder commits suicide.   Is this the fault of the bank?

Was it the fault of phone company who created the phone that the young girl I mentioned earlier? If she didn’t have a phone she would still be alive.

What if …….the world is full of them……What if the station had successfully obtained permission, what if Prince Katherine didn’t have extreme morning sickness, what if someone other than Jacintha had answered the phone.

But it didn’t. There are no what if’s  in this case….all these things happened.

As another example, Kyle Sandilands whilst on air called a woman a “fat slag”  What if this was HER final straw and she had taken her life?  Compare this to the actions and reactions of Greig and Christian.  I am not making them the victims.  Clearly we ALL need to stop playing the blame game in this tragic event. Chances are they won’t work in their chosen profession again.   Punishing them will achieve nothing just be thankful it’s not you how will have to live with it for the rest of your life.


When It All Goes Wrong….Horribly

Princess Katherine leaving the hospital with Prince William

Princess Katherine leaving the hospital with Prince William

Most of us were overjoyed to hear of the pregnancy of Princess Katherine and Prince William.   The news itself was released earlier than the couple initially wanted after Kate’s admission into London’s exclusive King Edward VII Hospital for extreme morning sickness. The couple realised it would only be a matter of time before this information was leaked to the media.

This situation set up a perfect storm and during the whirlwind of media frenzy a young woman died.

I am sure that you have often been driving in your car listening to the radio and heard a prank call the DJ’s have played on an unsuspecting victim.  In the past I’ve heard of the husband who requested flowers be sent to his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day (unfortunately his wife was listening in as part of the prank) or the young woman in tears because she thought they had failed the immigration test and they were going to be deported….all this pales in comparison to the most recent prank to go horribly wrong.

Greig and Christan

Greig and Christan

On Monday, 2Day FM jocks Mel Greig and Michael Christian thought they would give the hospital a call and pretend to be the Queen and ask how Kate was doing.  It was 5:30am in the morning and only nursing staff were on to answer the phone.  That fateful day Jacintha Saldanha answered and was advise it was the Queen checking up on her grand-daughter.  Jacintha put the call through to the ward where the nurse on duty advised “the Queen” at length of Princess Kate’s condition.

It was seen as a cheeky prank…..Prince Charles himself joked later that day “How do you know I’m not a radio station” when asked Kate’s condition.  Unfortunately, no one thought of the impact this would have on the staff who were duped by the pranksters.

Jacintha was found dead today in an apparent suicide just a few blocks away from where she put the fateful call through to Kate’s ward.  In the aftermath the radio jocks have removed themselves from the air, the station has posted a heartfelt apology to her husband and two children, the Palace and Hospital stated they were deeply shocked and people are outraged.

But really, who could have predicted this would happen?  Did the DJ’s go too far or was it just a prank gone horribly wrong?  Regardless of your thoughts I am certain we will be hearing a lot more of this situation in the coming days. My sincere condolences go out to those affected the death of this beautiful angel of mercy.

Jacintha Saldanha committed suicide over a prank gone wrong

Jacintha Saldanha committed suicide over a prank gone wrong