Not a monster, but is a cazzo

The wife of Francesco Schettino, the captain who crashed the Costa Concordia is insisting that her husband “was not a monster”:

Fabiola Russo defended her husband as the death toll from the disaster rose to 16 more than 10 days after the luxury liner smashed into the Tuscan island of Giglio. At least 17 passengers and crew were still unaccounted for.

Ms Russo, 48, said her husband, Capt Francesco Schettino, 52, had been unfairly made a scapegoat for the debacle, which forced the chaotic night-time evacuation of the ship’s 4,200 passengers and crew.

The commander, who has been branded “Captain Coward” by the Italian press, is under house arrest at the home he shares with his wife and 17-year-old daughter in Meta di Sorrento near Naples.

“My husband is at the centre of an unprecedented global media storm,” Ms Rossi told Oggi (Today), an Italian weekly magazine.

“I cannot think of any other naval or air tragedy in which the responsible party was treated with such violence … This is a manhunt, people are looking for a scapegoat, a monster. It’s shameful.”

He may not be a monster but he is a coward and probably an idiot and a cazzo.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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