|David Goldman talks about his son Sean being home in New Jersey|
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) have accused NBC News for paying for the plane that took David Goldman and his son from Brazil. To this member if the Family Abduction Community, that allegation is horrendous. First of all, I want to ask where was the Society of Professional Journalists in 1997 when Mackenzie Carpenter and Allen Detrich covered the abduction of several children into Faye Yager's Children of the Underground. In fact Photographer Allen Detrich took pictures as the underground mothers kidnapped their children. Detrich was later resigned from the Toledo Blade for a breach in ethnics after he was caught digitally altering his photos. At the time, we felt that some of the underground moms may not have kidnapped their children if Carpenter and Detrich or the media had not covered the story. The idea of appearing in the news may have actually acted as an added incentive for these moms committing this crime.
But that was back in 1997, and if the Society of Professional Journalism had taken the time to understand this parental kidnapping crime, they might have realized that from the viewpoint of this member of the family abduction community, the chartering of a private plane was more of a humanitarian issue. David Goldman had already flown to Brazil numerous times and paid thousands in legal fees, it is wrong for the SPJ to criticize this issue. Furthermore, if David would have been a passenger on a public airlines, you would have seen cell phone pictures and possibly YouTube videos all over the media. That would have been horrible.
So Dateline is exploiting the David Goldman story by its exclusive coverage. In my opinion, they deserve it since they have been covering this case from the very beginning after Sean's mother passed away. This case dragged on for many months and despite the good or bad news, NBC was there. Again, it is very wrong for the SPJ to take away from this very joyous occasion, the reunification of David and son Sean.
Finally, it's well known in the Family Abduction Community that after a recovery, several Airlines will provide discounted or sometimes complimentary tickets to left-hind parents. The reunification flight back home is by far one of the most cherished and memorable experiences for a left-behind recovering parent. I would hope to expect more from the SPJ!
Goldman case: Journalism group rips NBC News
The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) blasted NBC News for practicing checkbook journalism to obtain an interview with David Goldman and his son, Sean, in connection with a headline-grabbing international custody case. NBC News paid for the plane that took Goldman and his son from Brazil (where the boy was living) to the United States.
SPJ's Ethics Committee said in a statement released Monday that it is "appalled" that "NBC News breached widely accepted ethical journalism guidelines by providing the plane that carried David Goldman and his son Sean back to the United States from Brazil...."
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
If Brazilian Supreme Court Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes rightfully rules today today to lift a stay which would pave the way for custodial and biological parent David Goldman to bring his son back to the United States, it should end a long International Parental Kidnapping case. It would also place the total time of resolving this Brazil/United States case from the time of the biological mother's death to 16 months, over 9 months longer than the Elian Gonzalez United States/Cuba case. Additionally, in the Goldman parental kidnapping case, it has been almost 6 years since the child was kidnapped.
Bruna Ribeiro, Sean Goldman's mother passed away on August 22, 2008, on that date after she had Internationally kidnapped David Goldman's son from the United States in June 2004. Even after his former spouse's death in which he is the sole surviving biological parent, victim parent David Goldman's has had no success in resolving this issue swiftly through the Brazilian legal system even with help of high ranking U.S. Government officials and U.S. media. For David Goldman and many other left-behind parents in International custody cases, the only success is when they board the plane with their child back to their child's home residential country.
In the Elian Gonzalez case, his mother died at sea in November 21, 1999. Despite the political issues injected by the Cuban community in Miami and efforts by Elian's relatives in the United States, even with the significant media coverage in the case, Elian was sent back on a plane to Cuba by the United States legal system in 7 months.
In the Goldman case there are allegations that Sean Goldman's step father Joao Paula Lin e Silva, a family law attorney and his family have injected their own political agenda and influence in prolonging the eventual and rightful return of the child to his biological and custodial parent, David Goldman.
I am further reading from several media sources that there are reports that the Brazilian family is open to negotiation. In my opinion, in the Sean Goldman case, those negotiations should have begun 16 months ago, the day Sean's mother passed away. After that day, this Brazilian family is committing one of the most heinous crimes against young children and most severe acts of family violence --"parental kidnapping". It's really sad in the spirit of the holidays, that Brazilian Family Law Attorney and proclaimed loving step father Joao Paula Lin e Silva, doesn't father-up and in the spirit of co-parenting surrender Sean to his father. This would really pave the way for possible summer visits from the United States back to Brazil so that Sean can see his biological grandparents, step parent and his family. Unfortunately, through Joao Paula Lin e Silva's sole decision, all trust is lost between not only these parents but the International legal system including the Hague Convention signed by both the United States and Brazil.
I sincerely doubt that Joao Paula Lin e Silva represents the views of all Brazilian fathers and Brazilian family law attorneys. I really hope that this Supreme Court Justice as well as other officials in the Brazilian government take immediate action to resolve this case now!