Take good note of the face above – it belongs to Nick Pisa, professional journalist; one of that breed of trained fact gatherers and disseminators of trustworthy information essential to society – without such valued souls, we should be reduced to getting all our information from mere bloggers, and that would never do would it?
Last night, young Nick filed a story as Italian ‘expert’ fact gatherer on behalf of the Daily Mail. He was covering the Meredith Kercher story for the Daily Mail.
In a lengthy article published at 8.50pm Nick gave us a first hand account of the scene as ‘Amanda Knox looked stunned’ as she dramatically lost her prison appeal against her murder conviction. He was on the scene to witness this you see….he detailed how ‘she sank into her chair sobbing uncontrollably while her family and friends hugged each other in tears’.
How can any mere blogger compete with such an emotive personally witnessed account?
He even had useful on the spot quotes to pad out this distressing scene, as Prosecutors said ‘it was sad two young people would be spending years in jail’.
He witnessed and recorded Knox and her co-defendant Sollecito ‘taken out of court and escorted by prison guards […] into a waiting van which took her back to her cell at Capanne jail’.
He stood in the crowd outside and heard as ‘Mr’ Bongionrno, Sollecito’s defence lawyer, was abused by shouts of ‘shame on you’.
Presumably these were cries of ‘shame on you’ for appearing in the Italian Supreme Court in drag, for ‘Mr’ Bongiornmo looks remarkably like a woman in all the photographs available of him/her – and ‘her’ Father seems to be under the impression that he has a daughter, rather than a son.
The trouble is, as any blogger worth his/her salt will tell you today, that the entire account was incorrect.
If Pisa witnessed Amanda looking stunned, or sinking into her chair ‘sobbing uncontrollably’, it was because she had been found not guilty – nor could the Prosecutors have made any such statement regarding her spending ‘years in jail’ following the court hearing – he had either made the entire thing up, or was employing an earlier quote from the original trial out of context.
Amanda Knox was freed last night, not taken back to spend years in her cell in Capanne jail!
Indeed, he must be an expert in the goings on at the Perugia court, so much so that he can perhaps sit at home and file stories without bothering to witness the scene – here is a selection of his previous stories.
“Compulsive Liar Foxy Knoxy Now insists she wasn’t at House of Horrors” “Lesbian Sex Plea to Knoxy”
“Foxy Knoxy plays the field from her jail cell with new romance”
“Revealed: Foxy Knoxy’s sisters posing happily for ‘macabre’ photos at the house where Meredith died”
“Hayden banned from seeing sex monster Knox”
I am particularly fond of Pisa’s ‘Vatican’s fury as EU court bans crucifixes’ which managed to turn the European Court of Human Rights into an EU institution – against all informed opinion in Europe, something which seems to have eluded our man on the spot.
Does it matter if journalists make up ‘on the spot’ descriptions of scenes which never occurred, and record quotes which they could not possibly have heard at the time and place stated?
It certainly mattered where Johann Hari was concerned, is there any reason for the Daily Mail not to hold a similar inquiry into Nick Pisa’s reportage?
Journalists have great power to influence our beliefs and actions, surely time this power of Pisa’s was leant on?