F1 » Corinna Schumacher asks media to leave Grenoble clinic

"It is important to me that you leave the doctors and the hospital so that they can work in peace. I ask you to trust their statements and leave the clinic."

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January 07, 2014 2:15 PM

I hope her wishes are respected but somehow I doubt they will be knowing the media.

I know how bad it is just to cope with going in and out of hospital and seeing a loved on ill, to have to cope with the media on top of that must be awful. She must have felt she had to say something as no one seems to pay attention to Schumachers official spokesperson.


January 07, 2014 3:04 PM

totally understandable but then again, the media are also thereto do there job, and like it or not, schumi is a world famous figure, and everyone wants to be there to hear the latest.
maybe the hospital should arrange a system where corinna has absolutely no contact with the media.

George Zaidan

January 07, 2014 4:04 PM

Richard maybe the Media should have absolutely no contact with Corinna and have a system in place where they are told what the heck is happening on a daily basis instead of them acting like hungry angry swarms?


January 07, 2014 4:25 PM

George. but the point is, WHY should corinna or anyone else have to give daily reports? recovery will be a long drawn out process, and nobody can say what effect it will have on schumi.
what can the surgeons say each day? "we don't know what the recovery rate is"?? "no change"?? This could go on for months, alas.

schumi and his entire family have certainly a right to privacy, but unfortunately when you become famous, media attention becomes normal.

if there was no media there, how would we be able to know when there are signs of recovery?


January 07, 2014 5:06 PM

In an age of rolling news, trending keywords and advertising influence, the eagerness for new information can turn the media into a rabid mass as they look to get the edge over their competitors.

With no new news available, the media stationed there will begin to make speculation, hound family/friends etc for lack of nothing else to do... Watching the rolling news during the royal baby coverage was excruciating for dead space journalists were having to full with absolutely nothing to say!

It's sad... but because it's almost certain not everyone will adhere to this (there will always be one who will push the envelope as far as it will go), chances are no-one will for fear of missing out on a development.

If it's trending, journalists will be hounding...


January 07, 2014 6:02 PM

BooBoo, I agree with you.

What is the point of dozens of journalists hanging around when there is no journalism to do?
The royal sprog was a perfect example of this utterly stupid ritual, 500 journalists waiting for news. It's meant to be the public's job to wait for news not the journalists!
Why can't they all go back to the office and do some work while they wait for the phone call that tells them "It's a boy and it weighs x amount" There's just no need to stand outside the hospital, was one of the many expecting to catch the scoop of the century and report that the Duchess of wherever had just given birth to a porcupine?
It's kind of the same with Michael, IF the doctors have an update to give they will give it and thanks to electronic communication we'll find out about it just as fast as the journalists.
I hope Corinna's wishes are respected, the intrusion and rumours can only make a tortuous situation even worse.


January 07, 2014 9:14 PM

Unfortunately, huge salaries often go hand in hand with fame and celebrity status as well as pure talent and skill. Without the media involvement this wouldnt happen and didnt happen to the same degree in the past. It goes with the job.
Hopefully the press will show some respect though and be more discreet.


January 08, 2014 1:11 AM

Have to slightly agree with Richard. Celebrities, be they racing drivers, golfers, tennis players, pop stars, chefs, etc are public property and particularly a F1 driver who has won 7 World Championship's. One only needs to see the photograhpers who were falling over themselves during Nigela Lawson's (celeb chef) recent events. The media have a job to do (and put food on their tables) but when all is said and done Corinna's request must obviously be respected.

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