Last night, CNBC ran a special on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case in an attempt to piece together, parse, and analyze the information we know about the former International Monetary Fund director and the sexual assault charges he faces. Dangerous Liaison: What Happened in Room 2806 mixed straight reporting and analysis--speaking to legal and psychological experts, examining evidence, that kind of thing--with the slow-motion, hand-held camera work that suggestively dramatizes inanimate objects (like the hotel room door). It's the latest in a long string of attempts to recreate what happened in Room 2806 of the Sofitel Hotel on May 14, when a housekeeper there says Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her when she came to clean his room. Plenty of outlets, from major news sources to, shall we say, less reputable actors, have tried to recreate the scene. We've rounded up a few notable attempts, ranging from the high-minded to the downright ridiculous.
CNBC's Dangerous Liaison: The trailer goes whole-hog for the dramatization of opening the hotel room door. It also include's footage of Kenneth Thompson, the maid's personal lawyer, who recreated the scene himself outside the courthouse in Manhattan on July 1.
The New York Times graphics: Strauss-Kahn's lawyers actually mentioned The Times' May 22 feature "Recreating an Encounter," which illustrated the alleged attack, in their brief to the court complaining about information leaking out to the press. On July 7, The Times ran a follow-up feature supposing three possible scenarios, using the same graphic representation of the room.