Too-hasty media declarations of Amanda Knox's guilt illustrate the dangers of the rush to be first online.

 

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This article titled “Amanda Knox mistake exposes the media’s guilty secret” was written by Charlie Beckett, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 4th October 2011 17.35 UTC

The ghastly editorial snarl-ups over the Amanda Knox verdict announcement may have revealed (again) journalism’s dirty secret. No, it’s not that journalists are biased, lazy or stupid, though like everyone, they are sometimes all those things. The real problem is that they are slaves to formula.

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