Tabloids and other media blasted in Knox documentary
tion” that created a ’frantic search’ for guilty parties” and concluded there was no biological evidence that connected Knox and Sollecito to the slaying.
In addition to showing packs of photographers hounding the people involved in the case, the documentary shines a bright spotlight on everyone from the British tabloid writers to American news show hosts. The message is obvious: journalists were as culpable as anyone else for making this story spin out of control.
The primary person used to illustrate this is Nick Pisa, the former Daily Mail reporter. He appears frequently throughout the documentary in new interviews. As he boasts, his paper was one of the first to report that police were speculating that Kercher’s death was a “sex game gone wrong”.
“To see your name on the front page , it’s just a fantastic buzz.” Pisa says. Producers present Pisa with a similar cavalier attitude throughout the film, even when he places fault on the botched case solely on the police and prosecu- tion for making “some really heinous errors”.
Now, Pisa – who revealed details of Knox’s private prison diaries and combed the internet for incriminating pictures of her – admits that a lot of the information he was given at the time of the trial was “just crazy” and pure fiction.
The documentary also reveals choice quotes from various US journalists who pounce when forensic experts discover that the DNA on a crucial piece of evidence linking Knox to the crime is contaminated. Fox News and CNN hosts weigh in – as does Donald Trump, who declares Americans should “boycott Italy”.
When Knox is shown returning home, the attention doesn’t let up: viewers see scenes of paparazzi hounding her, even as she implores them to leave her alone. “I get into a line at the grocery store and the person behind me’s like, ‘Whoa! It’s you! I know you,’” Knox says. “And I really want to turn to them and say, ‘Who the f*** are you? And you don’t know me.’” – Washington Post