I’m sure some of you saw the Nightline story last night which focussed on the allegations that Mr. Taylor’s men gave supermodel Naomi Campbell a rough cut blood diamond after a dinner hosted by former South African president, Nelson Mandela, in 1997. It was basically much of the same territory as we saw covered in the courtroom — except it contained interviews with Mia Farrow and Naomi Campbell. While Ms. Farrow is adamant that Ms. Campbell told her about being given the diamond the following morning after the dinner, Ms. Campbell denied it in the ABC interview, got angry about the line of questioning, then stormed out of the interview (after hitting away the camera). Despite the drama, the piece did do a good job in putting the trial in context for a mass media in the US who may not have come across the Taylor trial before, or know much about the Sierra Leonean conflict. For those of you with a decent internet connection for videos, you can see it here: http://abcnews.go.com/nightline
This issue in the trial has also been picked up by other news outlets – the interview with Ms. Campbell was replayed here, along with a brief overview of the trial (that also links back to our site here): http://jezebel.com/5522014/naomi-campbell-and-the-warlords-big-blood-diamond
This video got a lot of play, actually, and propelled the Charles Taylor trial into the blogosphere and online news outlets – often in unexpected places for a war crimes trial. Here is a link to some of them appearing in the last 24 hours – although alas they mainly focus on Ms. Campbell’s “anger” (along with some sensational headlines rather than the trial itself:
Entertainment Weekly: http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/04/23/naomi-campbell-outburst-abc-news/
Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/people/naomi-campbell-attacks-news-man-20100423-tina.html
Los Angeles Times (blog) http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2010/04/preach-it-naomi-campbell-strikes-again-literally.html
I’m so interested to hear what you think about this coverage, readers. Do let me know if you get a chance to watch or read some of these.