Just days after the Turner Broadcasting System CEO claimed that CNN “is a serious news network,” it aired a childish report on “Anderson Cooper 360” about convicted murderer Amanda Knox, which appears to have been written by Amanda’s parents. Next up: “The Charles Manson story, reported by Squeaky Fromme.”
Amanda, you may recall, was charged, along with her Italian boyfriend and another of her acquaintances, with sexually assaulting and murdering her English roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. Amanda and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted, the convictions reversed and then the reversal reversed.
Among the evidence for her guilt is that the murder weapon was found — freshly bleached — in the apartment of Amanda’s boyfriend with Meredith’s DNA on the blade and Amanda’s DNA on the handle.
CNN’s case for Knox’s innocence consists primarily of making snarky remarks about the prosecutor. This is going to be a long series if CNN plans on vindicating Knox by smearing all those who say she is guilty — the judges, forensic scientists, police, the other man also convicted of the murder — as well as the man falsely accused of the murder by Amanda.
According to CNN, the prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, was a total jerk for diligently investigating Meredith’s murder, proving he had caved to media pressure. Then — his jerkiest move — he briefly fell for Amanda’s lies.
Thus, according to CNN’s Drew Griffin: “As the media circus grew, so did the pressure on police to solve the case. On the night of Nov. 5, the police interrogated Amanda all night and into the next morning.”
Actually, Amanda didn’t show up that night at the police station until nearly 11 p.m. for a voluntary interview with Raffaele. When she told the cops she was present during Meredith’s murder and she knew who the murderer was, yes, they did want to chat a bit longer, the beasts.
CNN’s Griffin: “It was during this session Amanda confessed she was at the house that night. Her boss, Patrick Lumumba, was there as well. At that point Amanda Knox officially ceased to be a witness. She became the suspect.”
Manifestly, Amanda did not become “THE suspect”: Patrick Lumumba did — for the sole reason that Amanda had accused him of the murder. Griffin skipped over that detail with the strange statement: “Her boss, Patrick Lumumba, was there as well.”
Except he wasn’t. Only Amanda said he was.
Until that night, Amanda had been lying to the police, claiming she was at her boyfriend’s apartment all night the evening Meredith was murdered. It was only when Amanda found out Raffaele was no longer backing her alibi that she turned around and accused an innocent man of murdering Meredith.
For anyone other than Amanda’s parents and CNN producers, that would raise suspicions.