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‘The David Hookstead Show’: Amanda Knox Details Her Terrifying Experience In Italy During Interview With Joe Rogan, College Football Playoff Expansion Gets Bad News, Don’t Expect Quinn Ewers To Play Soon At Ohio State, I’m Not That Nervous About The Wisconsin/Notre Dame Game, Portland State Coach Bruce Barnum Buys Beer For Fans And Justin Fields Will Start Sunday For The Bears 

Welcome to the Thursday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.”

On today’s episode, I’m talking about Amanda Knox’s incredible interview with Joe Rogan about her terrifying experience in Italy after being falsely accused of murder, College Football Playoff expansion appears to be in major trouble, Quinn Ewers is unlikely to see the field in the near future for Ohio State, I’m very calm about the Wisconsin/Notre Dame game, Portland State coach Bruce Barnum buys beer for fans and Justin Fields will start at QB for the Bears this Sunday.

Let’s jump right in!


Thanks for joining me for another fun episode of “The David Hookstead Show,” and make sure to check back Saturday morning for my week four college football special.

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Virginia Election Integrity & Full Forensic Audit Event With AZ State Sen. Wendy Rogers And VA State Sen. Amanda Chase

Virginia Election Integrity & Full Forensic Audit Event With AZ State Sen. Wendy Rogers And VA State Sen. Amanda Chase

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LINDELL CYBER SYMPOSIUM: Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase Calls for Forensic Audits in All 50 States

On the final day of Mike Lindell’s Cyber Symposium, Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase announced that she will be joining with other courageous state legislators from across the country to form a new Election Integrity Caucus. This new national coalition exists for the people, by the people, for the purpose of ensuring free and fair open U.S. elections. Consider supporting this voter-integrity effort by emailing her at

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Amanda Knox blasts new Matt Damon flick for profiting of her

Amanda Knox lashed out at the new Matt Damon film “Stillwater” — claiming the movie profits off her real-life struggle for a wrongful murder conviction.

The 34-year-old lamented how her name continues to be associated with a killing she didn’t commit – and is now linked to a film she had no part in making.

“Does my name belong to me?” she wrote in a Thursday tweet storm. “My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in? I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face & story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER

Knox also took issue with the fictionalized character she now feels associated with because the film’s ending veers from actual events in a sinister twist.

Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were twice convicted and later acquitted in the 2007 killing of Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. Although “Stillwater” largely fictionalizes the case, director Tom McCarthy has said Knox’s case inspired the storyline and reviews and promos of the film have noted the premises’ similarity to what happened to Knox.

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Amanda Knox said the new film “Stillwater” is profiting off her life story.

The exoneree took issue with a Vanity Fair article that referred to the case as “the Amanda Knox saga.”

“I want to pause right here on that phrase: ‘the Amanda Knox saga,’” Knox said. “What does that refer to? Does it refer to anything I did? No.”

“It refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede,” she went on.

“It refers to the shoddy police work, prosecutorial tunnel vision, and refusal to admit their mistakes that led the Italian authorities to wrongfully convict me, twice. In those four years of wrongful imprisonment and 8 years of trial, I had near-zero agency.

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Matt Damon and Abigail Breslin attend the “Stillwater” New York Premiere at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 26, 2021.
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Knox shared a headline from The Post that read “Man who killed Amanda Knox’s roommate freed on community service” as an example of how her name continues to be tied to the killing.

“I would love nothing more than for people to refer to the events in Perugia as ‘The murder of Meredith Kercher by Rudy Guede,’ which would place me as the peripheral figure I should have been, the innocent roommate,” she said.

“But I know that my wrongful conviction, and subsequent trials, became the story that people obsessed over,” she went on. “I know they’re going to call it the ‘Amanda Knox saga’ into the future.”

She then requested that people be conscious of how they discuss the events – and recognize that it’s not her choice that the focus remains on her.

The exoneree also challenged director McCarthy and star Matt Damon to join her on her podcast “Labyrinths.”

The character in “Stillwater” is shown to have a sexual relationship with her roommate, while Knox said she was “nothing but platonic friends’ with Meredith, she said. And the movie’s finale paints the character as “the tabloid conspiracy” guiltier version of Knox, she said.

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Amanda Knox lashed out on Twitter over her name being associated to a movie she had no part in.
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“By fictionalizing away my innocence, my total lack of involvement, by erasing the role of the authorities in my wrongful conviction, McCarthy reinforces an image of me as a guilty and untrustworthy person,” she said.

“I have not been allowed to return to the relative anonymity I had before Perugia,” Knox said.

“My only option is to sit idly by while others continue to distort my character, or fight to restore my good reputation that was wrongfully destroyed.”

A spokesperson for Focus Features couldn’t be reached Thursday night. The Post has reached out to Damon’s publicist for comment.

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Stillwater Director Tom McCarthy Talks Matt Damon, Casting & Amanda Knox

Matt Damon stars as Bill Baker in director Tom McCarthy’s Stillwater. Jessica Forde / Focus Features; Getty Images

An old school sensibility permeates Stillwater, the new Matt Damon-led film from Spotlight director Tom McCarthy. Certain trailers and TV spots have sold the movie as an Amanda Knox thriller parallel sprinkled with Taken elements as Damon’s Bill Baker attempts to prove his incarnated daughter’s innocence. But really, the movie is a redemption story and a family drama. It’s more soft spoken and, well, still than some might expect.

The star vehicle for Damon is deliberately understated. Whereas Spotlight was a painstakingly detailed procedural following a procession of case developments, Stillwater is something of its inverse. The sentiment of our protagonist’s life takes priority over the investigative details. In a conversation with Observer, McCarthy opened up about using Damon’s public hero persona to challenge the audience in their creation of Bill Baker and how the film, which arrives in theaters July 30, came to be.

Observer: Can you tell me where Stillwater originated and how it initially came to your attention?

Tom McCarthy: I would say it was like I used inspiration beyond intention. Many, many years ago — 10, 12 years ago now — following that Amanda Knox case, I thought it was a fascinatingly tragic case. But what really struck me was this idea of a relationship, or the situation of the young woman being in prison, and I started thinking, Wow, what’s the story around that? There was enough written and said about that story. I didn’t want to address that in any real way, but I was really loving the idea, or just fascinated by the idea is a better way of saying this, of a young American woman being in prison abroad for a crime she may or may not have committed. And then I quickly started focusing on the relationship between her and her father, which was fictionalized. This strange relationship between father-daughter in this extraordinary setting. What a great jumping-off point for a story.

How did you go about casting a movie like this? The public doesn’t necessarily associate Matt Damon as this rural Oklahoman. I’m curious what qualities you were looking for that specifically breathes life into the vision you have for the film?

The essential thing was when audiences look at Matt Damon, they think: What? He’s kind of like a quintessential American hero, right? He always has that integrity and that kind of sense of know-how and get-it-done that we associate with heroes, specifically cinematically, right? Jason Bourne may not know who he is, but he always knows exactly what he’s doing and where he’s going and how to get it done. We wanted to play on that.

We wanted to start there, knowing audiences were going to take it in. So, when you see Bill Baker in the projects jumped by six kids, you’re like, “Oh, he’s going to unload,” and what happens? What normally happens when any guy is taken on by six other guys? He gets the shit beaten out of him, right? So, that’s inevitable; he gets a few good punches in because he’s a roughneck and those guys know how to fight and they’re tough as shit and strong as shit. But it’s reality.

We’re dealing with reality here, not a movie.

We’re dealing with reality here, not a movie. So, we were trying to be authentic to that and subvert that. So really, it started there. We need that element in our lead actor, the list is very small suddenly of guys that audiences will show up and be like, “Oh man, this guy’s going to win — he’s the man, let’s see where he goes,” and then let’s challenge that. And let’s force an audience to consider the consequences of that man’s actions. Both personally and in terms of the people around him and even sort of globally, that’s what we were interested in discussing.

Sticking with casting, 8-year-old Lilou Siauvaud is an absolute standout as Maya as Bill’s surrogate daughter of sorts. Was that role hard to cast and what separated her from the pack?

Her talent separated her from the pack, quite frankly. Yes, it was very hard to cast. When you say “I need an 8-year-old French girl for a role,” the bench isn’t that deep. And that said, I was surprised at how many wonderful French actresses of that age came in; it was an adorable process. We saw some really good girls for the role, and then I got a call from my casting director down in Marseille and she was like, “You’ve got to get down here. I just saw this girl.” And I was in Paris working with the writers, and she said, “She’s incredible.” And I said, “Why?” She goes, “I don’t know why. She’s never acted a day in her life, she lives about an hour from Marseilles, and her dance teacher sent her in,” but, you know, I went in and there was Lilou, and yeah, she just…with kids and casting, man, there’s a little bit of magic there, you know. It’s sort of like you’re always looking for the needle in the haystack.

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(L to R) Actor Matt Damon, actor Abigail Breslin and director Tom McCarthy on the set of Stillwater. Jessica Forde / Focus Features

Stand-up comics are fond of saying there’s truth in every joke. I was surprised by the amount of humor in Stillwater, which is otherwise an emotional family drama. I was wondering what your mental math is when designing a movie like this that still possess moments of levity?

When I first approached [co-writers] Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré with this original script, it was a very awkward and dry meeting where they were very critical of the script, which I agreed with. There was a very sort of sobering diagnosis, or diagnostic, of what was wrong with it and what they thought they’d redo, and I thought, Oh, boy, these guys are going to be really dry, really critical Frenchmen. So I literally got on the plane, flew to Paris and spent a week with them at Thomas’s apartment, and they were the most charming, funny guys. We laughed so hard, and that’s really important to me. The process needs to have humor, needs to be joyful — the work is hard; you need to find that in the work, right? I believe that in all work.

It is a really intense, suspenseful and slow-burn, gripping drama. It’s got that thing where you’re just waiting for the other shoe to drop a lot of the time. I think finding those moments of humor just give audiences a moment to not only breathe but connect in a deeper way with the characters.

You’ve previously said that you learned from every movie you make. What has been your major takeaway from Stillwater?

Well, it’s a story that still needs to be written. We’re just sharing it with audiences now, so I’ll know more once audiences are seeing it. But I could tell you, what was really exciting about that screening in Cannes was regardless of the reception at the end and the ovation and all that stuff that’s been written about it, was just sitting in a French audience as an American director who directed a movie primarily in French in France and watching them really embrace the movie and laugh and be surprised and react and really, really feeling that.

What we were trying to do with this movie is allow the story to go where the story wanted to go and not feel constrained by preconceived notions of what a story or a genre should be. If we had a central character in a story that was compelling enough, would an audience go on that journey with us? I feel like just from that one screening alone, I was like, to me, the answer is “Yes.” Will it work for everyone? Probably not, they never do. But that’s really exciting to me, because I think we need to sort of be challenging form right now in movies, right? Otherwise, it’s going to get stale, and we need to be, like, challenging audiences and hopefully, audiences will support movies like this.

This interview has been slightly edited and condensed for clarity.

How ‘Stillwater’ Director Tom McCarthy Challenged Matt Damon’s Hero Image and Tried to Capture Reality

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Amanda Makki blasts Joe Biden on Border Crisis, Critical Race Theory

Congressional candidate Amanda Makki joins Bobby Eberle to discuss Joe Biden’s policies on spending and the border crisis.  Makki also addresses the ongoing problem of critical race theory being pushed in America’s public schools.

Amanda Makki talks about her family’s escape for Iran and her upcoming run for Congress.

Please check out this encore interview which was originally broadcast earlier this month.

#BobbyEberle #AmandaMakki #CriticalRaceTheory


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Civil liberties being restricted through unclear laws | Fight The Fines lawyer Amanda Armstrong

In this interview, I bring you one of the talented lawyers who we have hired through our civil liberties initiative, Fight The Fines.

Amanda Armstrong is a lawyer at the boutique law firm Nirmala Armstrong Law. In the wake of unprecedented hits on democracy and due process, her firm has shifted its focus almost entirely to COVID-19 related fines, health order infractions and human rights infringements.

Originally, I wanted to catch up with Alexandra Stewart of Stewart’s Decorating, who is an case turned case. Alexandra’s story was covered in depth by local media when the medical officer of health in North Bay issued her a restraining order for the criminal act of wanting to earn an honest, independent living.

After I spoke with her lawyers, of whom Amanda is one, we decided it would be beneficial to have a broader discussion surrounding public health orders and the Reopening Ontario legislation.

We discuss how continual changes to the Reopening Ontario Act are cause for confusion for everyone from business owners to law enforcement and legal teams. Lawyers have to be ready to change direction on a whim when regulations are amended, which is costly and cumbersome.

Amanda emphasized the troubling nature of ambiguously worded legislation that is open to the interpretation of the enforcer.

Current legislation allows unelected health overlords to compound and escalate offences without due process or timely procedure for the alleged offender to plead their case. This brings into question the constitutionality of the legislation. In trying to seek clarification and answers through definition requests, Amanda has seen public health drag their feet, which delays access to justice.

In summary, the Reopening Ontario Act seems to be creating a legal fiasco with too much fluidity and very little clarity.

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NYC principal Amanda Bueno urged staff to support Palestinian liberation

A New York City middle school principal is under fire for telling teachers and administrators to “take action” against Israel and make a “public commitment to Palestinian liberation.” Principal Amanda Bueno emailed staffers at MS 136 in Brooklyn a list of actions they should take to support Palestine in the most recent Israel-Gaza conflict.

The email in question, which is titled “Day of Action in Solidarity with The Palestinian Uprising & General Strike,” urged teachers to demand sanctions on Israel from U.S. government officials.

“Yesterday was the Day of Action in Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising & General Strike. If you have been watching the news in absolute horror, you are not alone,” Bueno began the email, which was published by the New York Post.

“You can take action today by protesting, attending a vigil, making a public commitment to Palestinian Liberation, signing a petition, or calling your government officials to place sanctions on Israel,” Bueno wrote on Wednesday morning.

“The time is now to take a stand for those impacted by state-sanctioned violence and crimes against the humanity of the most vulnerable in our world,” the email read. “We need not prove their humanity and right to exist for us to spread awareness about these issues. Empathy is the bare minimum.”

The email included a list of links and resources to enable teachers to take action against Israel and support Palestinians.

“Here are some notes and resources from the Institute for Anti-Racist Education,” the principal wrote.

She included a link to the “Teach Palestine” website and an article titled “‘American Taxpayer Money Is Being Used To Commit Human Rights Violations’ In Israel, Says Rep. Rashida Tlaib.”

An MS 136 teacher, who is Jewish, told the New York Post, “I opened the email and I was in shock. I felt very targeted and very attacked by her words.”

“These resources she provided, it’s propaganda,” the teacher added. “There was nothing in the email about Hamas rockets targeting innocent Israeli civilians.”

Lawyer Inna Vernikov sent a letter to the New York Department of Education calling for Bueno to be punished.

“New York law forbids requesting or encouraging any public servant, city employee, or subordinate public servant/employee to engage in political activities,” Vernikov wrote., a non-profit foundation that “works to hold antisemites accountable,” stated, “NY law forbids encouraging any public servant or city employee from engaging in politics. This didn’t stop Brooklyn Middle School 136 Principal Amanda Bueno from sending out a school wide email titled ‘Day of Action in Solidarity with The Palestinian Uprising & General Strike.'”

New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter said Bueno made “a clear exercise of poor judgment.”

“The MS 136 principal must apologize for her email,” Porter tweeted. “This was a clear exercise of poor judgment & we will take appropriate follow-up action. We must teach complex current events without bringing our political activities or beliefs into the classroom.”

Nathaniel Steyer, a spokesman for the Department of Education, said, “The matter is being addressed internally and was referred to [the special commissioner of investigation] for further investigation.”

“Schools are not public forums for purposes of political expression, and staff may not use DOE resources in the furtherance of personal or political activities,” Steyer added.

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Translator for Amanda Gorman, Biden inaugural poet, rejected because he doesn’t meet specific racial “profile”

Publishers of Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate who read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, have rejected translators of her work, including those chosen by Gorman herself, due to the fact that some of them are white.

Gorman’s Spanish translator Víctor Obiols, whose previous translations include the works of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, was commissioned to translate her poem and a foreword by Oprah Winfrey into Catalan. 

Obiols is now fighting back against his apparent cancellation on account of his supposed inability to translate an author who does not share his race and gender.

The editor of Barcelona-based publisher Univers received a request from the U.S.-based Viking Books for the translation to be performed by a “female activist of African-American origins, if possible,” reports the BBC

The cancelation of Obiols’ work soon follows after Gorman’s Dutch translator Marieke Lucas Rijneveld was forced to step down from performing a Dutch translation after woke journalist Janice Deul complained that the choice of Rijneveld was “incomprehensible.” Deul suggested that the translator should be similar to Gorman, in that she needed to be a “spoken word artist, young, a woman and unapologetically black.” 

“I’m not saying a black person can’t translate white work, and vice versa,” Janice Deul told the BBC. “But not this specific poem of this specific orator in this Black Lives Matter area, that’s the whole issue.”

“[Gorman] is someone who’s into slam poetry and slam poetry is about flow and rhythm,” argued Deul, who suggested that white people are incapable of “flow and rhythm.” 

“When you don’t know that, the whole form will have a different meaning and rhythm,” she said. 

In an interview with AFP, Obiols said “They told me that I am not suitable to translate it. They did not question my abilities, but they were looking for a different profile, which had to be a woman, young, activist and preferably black.”

“But if I cannot translate a poet because she is a woman, young, black, an American of the 21st century, neither can I translate Homer because I am not a Greek of the eighth century BC. Or could not have translated Shakespeare because I am not a 16th-century Englishman,” he argued. “It is a very complicated subject that cannot be treated with frivolity.”

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