Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The Mail's freudian slip over the Knox verdict

Doing the rounds this morning in the world of the journalism twitterati is the massive gaffe by the Daily Mail which somewhat jumped the gun over the Amanda Knox verdict.

As Malcolm Coles relates on his excellent piece about it,

In their attempt to be first with the verdict on Amanda Knox, the Mail Online published it's pre-written story the moment the judge said the word guilty.

However and a lesson to all journos out there,listen to the whole thing

Unfortunately, like many people, the Mail was caught out by the judge finding her guilty of slander - before clearing her of the murder. At the sound of the word "guilty", they hit publish on a story about her appeal being rejected that includes reactions from the family and prosecutors being delighted - reactions that can't have happened as she was found NOT guilty of murder.

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