The unflinching Amanda Knox documentary tore more holes in the case than a wildcat in a tissue factory, but although the prosecutors were clearly at fault, many viewers couldn't help but see callous journalist Nick Pisa as the real villain.
During the documentary, the former Daily Mail reporter rubbed his hands together with glee as he discovered the nickname 'Foxy Knoxy' and images that could paint Amanda and Raffael an murderous fiends, but did these actions damage his career in journalism?
Below we investigate exactly what Pisa has been up to since his time covering the Amanda Knox case — which included such nuanced headlines as the one below —and check out how his journalistic portfolio has evolved.
Criticism Over The Netflix Documentary
But, before we launch into Nick Pisa's current situation, it's only fair that we examine what got the general public so riled up about this guy in the first place.
Here are some of the moments from the Netflix documentary that got tempers flaring and keyboard warriors lines up for battle.
- That Time He Totally Trivialized The Murder Of Meredith Kercher
Along with headlines that totally erased Meredith's identity in favor of the supposedly more captivating accused, Pisa showed he cared about as much about Kerceher's death as he would the demise of a video game character.
During a revealing exchange, the journalist laid the gamified way he views chasing a story bare when he said:
Yep, you read that right. He chuckles.
- That Time He Admitted That He Didn't Fact Check
When your job involves informing the public about something as high profile and serious as the murder of a young woman, fact checking is a given. Unless, of course, you adopt the Nick Pisa approach.
Swept up in the high octane environment of delivering the scoop before the competition, Pisa admitted to favoring speed over substance and revealed he didn't fact check all his sources. In Pisa's own words:
"It's not as if I can say, 'Right, hold on a minute. I just wanna double check that myself in some other way.' I mean, goodness knows how. And then I let my rival get in there first before me, and then, hey, I've lost a scoop."
Naturally, considering the fact he is writing about a murder as opposed to a a lost cat, this did not go down well.
- When He Continued To Work As A Journalist
When that is one of the most harrowing things at the end of a documentary about murder and miscarriage of justice, you have a problem.
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Where Is Nick Pisa Now?
According to Muckrack.com, Nick Pisa is indeed still a journalist but he is working for a new (although just as scummy) publication these days. The Sun.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the nuances of the British press, The Daily Mail (Pisa's former paper) is a hyperbolic, xenophobic newspaper for right-leaning people who think they're more educated than they actually are. The Sun, however, is aimed at a more working class audience and doesn't even bother to simulate a respectable tone with its inflammatory headlines. In short, The Sun is a match made in heaven for Pisa and his gung-ho journalistic style.
The so-called 'Crime & Justice' reporter is still surfing the cultural zeitgeist for scoops and currently appears to focused on stirring up hatred and fear against refugees with his overwrought headlines.
Understandably, especially in the wake of the Amanda Knox documentary, Pisa's online presence is pretty private. Perhaps because he's learned just how far someone can spin a few details of a person's life into a narrative of their own making, hmmm?
After The Documentary
Despite all the controversy that surrounds Nick after the Netflix documentary, he has spoken out about "his side of the story" in his native newspaper, The Sun.
After rehashing everything we already know from the documentary, the journalist revealed that even though he thinks "it is unlikely that either of them [Knox or Sollecito] plunged the knife into Meredith," he still thinks they might be involved.
Despite all the overwhelming evidence and two overturned convictions, Pisa wrote that "there are still nagging questions hanging over from the case." In his own words:
The final ruling on the case in the Italian Supreme Court stated that although there was no evidence indicating the pair physically carried out the murder, there were indications they were present at the scene. In other words the Italian court believed the pair were there on the night Meredith died. So I ask — if it wasn’t them, who was it? And if they were there, do they know anything more?
If you haven't seen Amanda Knox yet, check out the trailer below and brave yourself for a bubbling sense of outrage: