Daily Mail Epic Fail

Buzzing around the Internet is this truly epic fail as covered by Malcolm Coles: the Daily Mail accidentally published their pre-written and ready to go ‘Amanda Knox is guilty’ story just minutes before the actual verdict came out. Here is the whole story, captured in a rather large image which you can feel free to read it its original glory [file hosted by MediaFire]:

Amanda Knox Daily Mail fail guilty verdict

Highlights include some comments from the ‘prosecutors’ who said they were:

were delighted with the verdict and said that ‘justice has been done’ although they said on a ‘human factor it was sad two young people would be spending years in jail’.

Descriptions of Amanda Knox leaving the guilty verdict:

Following the verdict Knox and Sollecito were taken out of court escorted by prison guards and into a waiting van which took her back to her cell at Capanne jail near Perugia and him to Terni jail, 60 miles away.

Along with news that:

Both will be put on a suicide watch for the next few days as psychological assessments are made on each of them but this is usual practice for long term prisoners.

With room for some irony:

The decision still leaves several questions unanswered and there are serious fears that justice has not been done as many observers believe the evidence is just not beyond all reasonable doubt.

The decision meant that the court rejected the experts opinion that DNA on the knife and bra should not have been considered as evidence in the trial and it also excepted several highly dubious witness testimonies as fact.

Anyway, you get the picture. Someone at Northcliffe house must be receiving an absolute bollocking tonight.

11 thoughts on “Daily Mail Epic Fail”

  1. I’ve just read this on tablodwatch and I’ll relay my thoughts here. I am utterly dumbfounded by this.

  2. Angry Mob, you are not worthy of your Hitchens-bestowed tagline. At best that was a minor misquote. The Mail shows how it’s done by brazenly fabricating quotes out of thin air and publishing them as a serious news report. Truly, ‘the site that makes up quotes’.

    As for Peter Hitchens’ feelings about ‘the site that makes up quotes’ – “if [they] had any shame, [Mail Online] would surely be finished by this unrepentant twisting of the truth”.

  3. This surely has to be the smoking gun for other people to understand that newspapers are full of shit?

    I mean, prosecutor quotes about a verdict that was NEVER given?

    Shocking.

  4. “it also excepted several highly dubious witness testimonies as fact.”

    “Excepted”? Do they even have an editor?

  5. I don’t think it’s surprising that a newspaper has an alternative story ready to go and cocks it up (“Dewey defeats Truman.”) What is breathtaking is the barefaced fabrication of quotes – actual bloody quotes.

    If someone does lose their job over this, it will be because they got found out, not because they did it. Confined to the Mail, and to this incident? I doubt it. It’s a cesspit, no?

    (Pardon if this posts twice: browser hiccup.)

  6. Hilarious yet scandalous. Is there some kind of charter that ‘news’papers have to abide by? And if not why not? Surely you simply cannot make up the news? Daily Fail you have been well and truly caught in the act. Disgraceful.

  7. This is a good insight into the way the Mail works. Less concerned about waiting for the facts, more focused on writing fiction. As another commenter said, if anyone ‘makes up quotes’ it’s them.

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