Shocking! Producer Stephen Morse attacks credibility of journalist Nick Pisa years before Pisa appears in Morse’s documentary!

Stephen Morse, a producer for the Netflix documentary “Amanda Knox,” has on several occasions expressed his criticism of Nick Pisa and the Daily Mail. On at least two occasions Morse accused Pisa and the Daily Mail of deliberately lying. Morse writes in one of his twitter posts from 2011 that he confronted Pisa on the “lies” published by the Daily Mail.

According to Morse and one of the directors, the three of them started on the film in 2011. Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had been convicted at the trial level, and their appeal to the Hellmann court was scheduled to be heard in late September of that year.

Morse traveled to Italy in late 2011 to cover the trial and provided twitter updates. His belief in Knox’s innocence shows in his tweets. It seems that one of the co-directors of the “Amanda Knox” documentary, Rod Blackhurst,  was also in Perugia at this time.

During the appeal hearings, Producer Stephen Morse provided the first evidence of his criticisms of Pisa and the Daily Mail. He claims that citations to ‘fraudsters’ would be better than citing Nick Pisa and the Daily Mail:

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Several days later, Morse confronted Nick Pisa in Perugia. While the details of this confrontation are not known, it is clear what Morse though of Pisa. His tweet uses the hash tag “#nickpisashitjournalist”; which reads “Nick Pisa Shit Journalist.” Morse writes the he confronted Pisa on the “lies” in the Daily Mail, which Pisa denied:

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A year later Morse repeated his claim that the Daily Mail and its reporters printed lies:

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In 2014, three years into working on the “Amanda Knox” documentary, Morse continued his criticism of the Daily Mail on his blog. Morse wrote that Knox was innocent, which he found out upon arriving in Perugia in 2011. Morse wrote of his desire to see Knox “free from the hatred that has already been lofted upon her for years.”

“In the narrative of Amanda Knox, Amanda has been portrayed as the bad guy, especially for people in the United Kingdom, who saw the trashy, headline-driven press in The Daily Mail, The Sun, and The Daily Mirror that target “working class” citizens of that former empire.” -Stephen Morse, 24 Feb 2014

In a now-deleted blog post, while in the middle of working on the film, Morse describes his desire for a rehabilitation of Knox’s image in the media:

“Amanda has responded with strength and intelligence to the people who have created hateful Facebook groups against her, like Perugia Vi Odia (Perugia Hates You), and it is my hope that one day her world will be free of the misplaced hatred that has already been lofted upon her for years.” -Stephen Morse, 24 Feb 2014

In recent reviews of the documentary, its clear Nick Pisa does not come across as sympathetic in the documentary. The Guardian writes that Nick Pisa becomes “a one-man symbol of how shameful that coverage became.” (Guardian, 15-Sep 2016). The Daily Beast writes “The filmmakers put much of the onus on tabloid reporters like Nick Pisa” (Daily Beast, 18-Sep 2016).

It leaves the question: did Nick Pisa know that this documentary was being produced by the person who confronted Pisa in Perugia in 2011 and accused Pisa and the Daily Mail of lying?

Netflix has attempted to distance Morse from the documentary, claiming the title “producer” was only honorary. But the film that will be broadcast across America on September 30th by all reports reflects the published views of producer Morse during the time he claims he was producing the “Amanda Knox” documentary.

Coincidence?

I think not!

 

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3 thoughts on “Shocking! Producer Stephen Morse attacks credibility of journalist Nick Pisa years before Pisa appears in Morse’s documentary!

  1. I think Nick Pisa is a “piece of sh*t”…. Lord forbid should a member of his family ever go through something that the media sensationalized and didn’t fact check…better yet ~ have it happen to himself! He was more concerned with seeing his name in the paper ~ front page ~ he even said in the documentary that he equated to seeing his name under the front page headlines to “sex” “orgasmic.” Really? Really? This was/is peoples lives you were carelessly dragging through the mud. And when asked who gave him Amanda’s private prison journal he claims to hold to a journalistic oath/honor that he never reveals a source. WTF! It’s okay for you to sour the public opinion of an “innocent until proven guilty” young lady, yet protect someone who obviously stole her diary from her cell and likely sold it for money to the press.
    Then when Rudy was scientifically found to be guilty Pisa admits that they gave “cursory” coverage, but that the sensationalism was only if Amanda’s name was mentioned in the bullshit stories he wrote. Nick Pisa ought to be ashamed of himself. Not that someone with that size of ego ever would or will be…. Hands down Pisa AND the lead prosecutor were both NOT interested in the truth but rather the sensationalism and to have their names known for their own twisted “celebrity status.”
    Having watched other documentaries and having read stories about the lead prosecutor he has had his own legal troubles for fabricating evidence and outright illegal conduct.
    Having been raised as a military brat and having the luxury of traveling abroad ~ I will never visit Italy. The Italian people were so cruel and their judicial system a mockery I wouldn’t feel safe to visit their country.

  2. I don’t think they force fed Pisa’s own commentary in the film. That man is a straight up shit journalist. Enough said.

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