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Ouch! A faux pas of epic proportions
The world’s second most read newspaper website goes beyond its debatable scruples by inaccurately publishing a pre-written story about the Knox appeal being rejected just minutes after the verdict.
October 4, 2011 2:56 by shafeer
Ok, so I don’t know about you but I have been pretty enamored with the rather compelling if not tragic case of Foxy Knoxy.
In fact, instead of reading up on the property sector of the Middle East I spent the better half of the morning on the internet, submerged in whatever I could find about the case—my particular favourite would be this 7-page feature from the Rolling Stones which proves to be a captivating, though perhaps a little biased, review of the situation.
Once I was through with the background information, I watched every video available: from teary statements from Knox herself, unwavering support from the Knox family, some of the legal proceedings in the court and even the somewhat dismayed reaction of the Kercher family and their lawyers. A little thorough, you may say, but I found myself just a little caught up with all the fuss in the international press. Undoubtedly, I am far from alone with these fascination. And because half the world is watching this story unfold, it is rather shocking to see this faux pas from The Daily Mail…
Malcolmcoles.co.uk pointed out that The Daily Mail, in what can only be described as, careless impatience to cover the verdict of the Knox appeal published an inaccurate pre-written story titled: “Guilty: Amanda Knox looks stunned as appeal against murder conviction is rejected.”
And if you think the headline was bad, take a look at the copy:
“Amanda Knox looked stunned this evening after she dramatically lost her prison appeal against her murder conviction. …
As Knox realized the enormity of what judge Hellman was saying she sank into her chair sobbing uncontrollably while her family and friends hugged each other in tears.
A few feet away Meredith’s mother Arline, her sister Stephanie and brother Lyle, who had flown in especially for the verdict remained expressionless, staring straight ahead, glancing over just once at the distraught Knox family.”
To say the Daily Mail’s pre-written article about the various reactions and supposed made-up quotes (I didn’t get a chance to read the whole article before it was taken off) is an embarrassment is an understatement. This one even deserves pride of place on Sensational Journalism’s wall of shame.
But honestly, who is really surprised that The Daily Mail would have this kind of faux pas at all?