I spent some of last night flicking between CNN and BBC News as the verdict from Perugia was announced. It was predictable but interesting nonetheless. The Beeb was rather dispassionate in their reporting, reflecting, perhaps, that there is no particular interest in the UK for defending Knox. A young Briton died, people are now behind bars, the end. (Of course, that the story is largely focused on Knox rather than Sollecito is revealing, but that’s another issue.)
CNN was quite different. Wolf Blitzer announced the news and then hosted a couple of Talking Head’s whose view of Knox was of an innocent girl, stitched-up by dodgy, third world Italian justice. We learned that the case against her was “preposterous,” “shaky,” “trumped-up,” and that the whole trial was a sham.
I have no idea whether Knox is guilty but I am certain that had Knox been British and Kercher American, the reporting in England would have been similar (so much for media non-bias). Watch what happens if the US puts Gary McKinnon — the autistic British computer hacker — away for the threatened 60 years (cf. Knox’s 26). American justice!