Sunday, September 17, 2006

My Definition

Despicable (deh-SPIK-uh-buhl)

1) deserving to be despised; contemptible

2) a vile, unscrupulous bitch who finally crossed the line from laughable self-parody to dangerously out-of-control sociopath by berating the mother of a missing child during an interview to the point of causing her to commit suicide

3) a gruesome black mark on CNN's otherwise outstanding reputation

syn: Nancy Grace (see picture)

ant: anyone other than Nancy Grace


Liz said...

I watched this interview on YouTube, just slack-jawed with amazement. I just kept thinking, what the fuck, Nancy? Show some compassion. I've always liked Nancy Grace (don't care what you say la-la-la - not listening) but this was waaaay outside the realm of acceptable. Boo, Nancy, boo.

Peter L. Winkler said...


Rinse, lather, repeat.

I've never watched Nancy Grace, and didn't watch this interview, but I've heard some of the discussion about it on other TV shows.

Grace may have been abusive and prosecutorial, but I don't think she's to blame for this woman committing suicide.

The issue this episode raises is one I've though about before. Is everyone so hungry to get their Warholian 15 minutes of fame that even as they are in the midst of a personal or family crisis, they agree to appear on TV? Why do they do it?

If I had a family member abducted or killed I'd either be conferring with police and the FBI or in complete seclusion. What possible benefit could there be to appear on TV?

Why did this woman appear with Nancy Grace? Had she ever seen Grace's show? What did she hope to gain? She simply should not have been on Grace's or any other host's show. No matter what Grace said, no matter how accusatory and unfair, she's not responsible for this woman committing suicide.

Chez said...
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Chez said...

First of all, there is always the chance this woman had no idea what the hell she was getting herself into. Contrary to Nancy's absurdly inflated ego, she's still on Headline News for Christ's sake. Not everyone is familiar with her -- the lucky ones anyway. I won't argue with your belief that every idiot is willing to run in front of a television camera these days in a pathetic attempt to be validated as a human being, but I'm not convinced that that was the case here.

Secondly, irrespective of that, there's simply no excuse for Nancy's brand of bullshit on a network which claims to be the gold-standard for television journalism. Jenny Jones saw her talk show hit the skids after a similar incident -- and that was in national syndication where the standards are -- shall we say -- infinitely lower than the ones CNN claims to abide by.

Finally, if you rinse, lather and repeat -- you leave shampoo in your hair.

Anonymous said...

If my kid was missing I would do anything I could to make other people aware. If a TV program contacted me for an interview I would say yes even if there was the just a small chance my child was still alive and someone might see the show and remember seeing the baby somewhere.

If someone had harmed or murdered a family member of mine I would be doing everything I could to get the word out in case someone knew something about who did it; I would want that person brought to justice.

I wouldn't enjoy it; but I'd do whatever I thought might make the slightest difference.

Personally I wouldn't have known who Nancy Grace was; I think this may be the first time I've heard of her. Even if the story the mother told seemed suspicious, I would give benefit of the doubt because the emotional strain of a missing baby wouldn't exactly leave you feeling coherent and articulate.

I think it is sickening that she treated the woman like that. She may not be entirely responsible for the suicide, but if someone is already in a crisis situation and mentally unstable something like that isn't exactly going to help. She should remember she is talking to a human being instead of just trying to get higher ratings with melodrama.


Schwa Love said...

Nice to see she's being sympathetic about the whole affair:

In her self-assured and opinionated way, Nancy Grace became part of the Trenton Duckett story again Friday. The CNN Headline News talk-show host defended her tough questioning of the boy's mother, Melinda, shortly before the Leesburg woman killed herself on Sept. 8.

"I think it happened because Melinda Duckett may very well know where her son was," Grace said in an interview with Chris Cuomo on ABC's Good Morning America. "She even told her mother, just before she killed herself, 'Trenton's not coming home, Mom. He's not coming home.' How, Chris, would she have known that? If anything, I would suggest guilt caused her to commit suicide."

No... "He's not coming home," couldn't possibly be the words of a woman so damn despondent, she's given up hope of ever seeing her son again, and perhaps I dunno, on the verge of suicide. No, they can only be the words of a killer or accomplice. Idiot.

Chez said...
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Chez said...

I look at the Nancy the same way I look at Anna Nicole Smith: as brutal proof that not all life is precious.

At the risk of being the first one questioned were anything to ever happen to her, I'm fully convinced that if you do enough horrible fucking deeds -- if you impact those around you in a grossly negative way -- there comes a point when you reach critical mass.

That's when it becomes clear that -- as tragically unfortunate as it may be -- the world is a lesser place with you in it.

Sweety Punk said...

I agree with the Anonymous comments.