Today has just been getting more and more bizarre. First up the Daily Mail, Sun, Sky News and Guardian, as a result of a mistranslation, published that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito had lost their appeal against their conviction for murder. (Report of the error here) It seems they had misunderstood that the judge announced Amanda Knox had been found guilty of libel for the judgement in the murder case. The Daily Mail suffered the worst backlash in the twitterverse because they had sexed up the story with details about the reaction to the judgement etc which were false. I publish a screenshot of the original version of the story on the left with a later version of the story on the right. If ever there was an example of the value of having someone who can speak the language available when a story breaks, then thank you for providing us one.
Then, speaking at her Conservative Party Conference, the UK Home Secretary attacked the Human Rights Act for stopping a criminal being deported from the UK because they have a cat.(here) On being challenged about this she insisted her speech had been fact-checked. Unfortunately as Human Rights Blog and many others had it, that wasn’t the case and even the Barristers working for the man who got to stay in the UK said it was not because of the cat. It has already morphed into catgate, although I prefer it being refered to as catflap and has been the major subject from the journalists covering the conference since her speech, with plenty of paw jokes.
As if it couldn’t get any more strange the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition chose the moment that the Conservative Party were attacking each other over a cat to go on the offensive against the Prime Minister for his failure to stop Chocolate Oranges being sold by the tills in shops. WTF? I also agree with the wisdom of Norm.
It does seem as though the news media world has, as the Doctor might say, slipped through a gap in a space-time continuum into an alternate reality, a very disturbed one at that.