Newspaper editors up and down the country must be saddened a little by the fact the Meredith Kercher murder case is coming to an end. Not because it's been a particularly interesting story for the papers; not because they had a tremendous amount of sympathy for the victim; not because anyone outside of the family was interested in the outcome.
No. It's the beginning of the end of having pictures of Amanda Knox in the paper every single day, for no reason other than she's been deemed to be an attractive young woman, with the bonus spice of being involved in a murder case. Today is no different, with the 'quality' papers deciding to put enormous photos of her in:
I don't know whether it says worse things about them or us - and by 'us' I mean male readers. It would appear that men are held in such contempt by newspaper editors, so hated and disregarded, that they think we're simply a bunch of lazily wanking chimps foaming at the mouth whenever we see a picture of a pretty lady. "Go on lads! Here's today's picture of Amanda Knox! Here she is, walking down a fucking corridor, or standing in handcuffs. Eh? I mean, if you were going to be murdered, wouldn't you? Eh? Isn't it? Look at the pretty lady! Look at her!"
It's a bit wearying really. Just like I said yesterday about the whole Tiger Woods affair, does anyone really give a shit about Amanda Knox? Or is it some kind of weird parallel world the newspapers are living in? I understand there's been a murder, and yes it's a British person who was killed, but you hardly ever hear anything about Meredith Kercher in all this. It's always all been about Amanda Knox, from start to finish. No doubt there'll even be more days and days and days of this after the verdict, another billion photos of her, and the victim pushed well into the background, forgotten about, because she wasn't pretty enough to hold a front page. Does that reflect badly on us or newspapers? I'm not entirely sure. All I do know is I'm tired of it.