Tabloids and other me­dia blasted in Knox doc­u­men­tary

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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

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