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The Oscar Pistorius media circus


You would have had to be living in a cave for the past week to have missed the Oscar Pistorius story. It bids fair to outdo the O J Simpson trial in terms of media coverage.

Even before his bail application the world had read that a bloodied cricket bat would be a key piece of evidence in the trial, that Reeva Steenkamp was wearing white shorts and a black vest when she died and that her skull had been crushed. The media was also full of stories about Pistorius’s character flaws.
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