Saturday, 10 December 2011

The Daily Fail (2)

Readers will recall the Mail Online's major 'cock up' in reporting the incorrect story on the Amanda Knox trial from Italy back in October this year. The Mail Online incorrectly reported that Knox's appeal against conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher was dismissed when in fact it had been upheld and she had been released.

Although pleasing to note that the Press Complaints Commission have upheld a complaint against the Daily Mail in respect of accuracy (or lack of it as was the case here) but they have no sanction to punish the Mail and to ensure it won't happen again.

What is needed is a complaints procedure for the press that has teeth.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was it just the Daily Mail was it? Or did your beloved Guardian also post the wrong verdict? Not such a great "Daily Fail" story then is it?


"Friday, 9 December 2011 18:32
Daily Mail Posted Wrong Knox Verdict
The Daily Beast - Cheat Sheet
For roughly 90 seconds on October 3, the Daily Mail published a story reporting that Amanda Knox was found guilty in her appeal of murdering Meredith Kercher. The false report which read: “Guilty: Amanda Knox  looks stunned as appeal against murder conviction is rejected,” was apparently due to a false translation of the Italian judge’s summary of the verdict, causing the Daily Mail and other U.K. papers to jump the gun. The Sun and Sky News also briefly posted a false report, and The Guardian did the same on its blog. But the Daily Mail got more flak than the other papers for taking a few too many creative liberties in its reporting, claiming that Knox and Sollecito were taken back to jail and would be put on suicide watch."

glynbeddau said...

The real shocking point about the Mail however was not the fact that they had accidentally posted the wrong result.

I can understand preparing Two Headlines beforehand but that they made up stories about the reaction of those who were in the court and clearly would have run with this if the verdict had gone the way they reported.

It clearly shows that we can't trust anything in the Mail even when they get the Headline tight.

Anonymous said...

Glynbeddau:-

"I can understand preparing Two Headlines beforehand but that they made up stories about the reaction of those who were in the court and clearly would have run with this if the verdict had gone the way they reported."

Quite right. The quality broadsheets would never do anything like that would they. *cough* Johann Hari *cough* The Independent *cough*

Why not just admit that you don't like the political stances taken by the Daily Mail and stop trying to pretend that your objections are based on stuff that all papers do/get caught out on from time to time.

glynbeddau said...

Anonymous 13:19

Actually I'm skeptical about the validity of all the media but it is the Mail who were caught out here.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

I make no apology for despising the Mail for all it stands for, it perpetuates fear and hatred and I will have no truck with that.
Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to see the Mail go the same way as the NOTW.

Anonymous said...

It is the Mail that the PCC upheld the complaint about, not the Guardian or Independent.