On shooting messengers

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One of the techniques used by false memory people is to focus on a profesional person ( usually a woman ) and portray them in the media as being obessed with child abuse. This obsession leads them to discover evidence of child sexual abuse where it does not exist.
In the UK such people have included paedatricians, social workers, psychotherapists, journalists and most recently politicians
From the point of view of serious journalism however, the voracity and hatred in which these of these comparisions are penned is problemtatic.
Obviouly if  some professionals and people in public office find evidence of sexual abuse where it does not exist then this is very serious. They may be following guidelines which need to be examined and corrected. Perhaps there is a need for new research.
But how can one establish whether guidelines are being followed during a shoot-out?

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