Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Quote of the Day


"Whatever you or I may think of the case, the fact remains that a 'kooky jury' found Anthony not guilty, which means that Anthony now has, among other things, the right to not be excoriated by a two-bit character assassin like Nancy Grace. Yet in Grace's avenging world, her ironclad interpretation of events trumps anyone else's – it even, as in the case of the Duke trial, trumps the eventual illumination of the facts. She talks about speaking the truth, yet weaves elaborate fictions of a champagne-popping defense team, a story in which 'Tot Mom is going walk out of jail probably tomorrow and she's probably going to get a million-dollar book deal and maybe a quarter-a-million dollars for licensing fees for photos and she's going to be living on easy street, living the sweet life that she's got tattooed on her back.' Grace's version of 'truth' is what the rest of us like to refer to as 'imagination.'"

-- Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon

By now it's no secret what I think of Nancy Grace. I wish I had the time to expound on her predictably grotesque and opportunistic reaction to the Casey Anthony verdict, but thankfully M-Liz hit it on the head.

In case you don't know my thoughts on Grace, I once called her "the most loathsome, feckless troll to currently, inexplicably, have a forum on national television," a "vile, unscrupulous monster who peddles morbid prurience like a five-dollar whore and whose brand of rank solipsism is matched only by her near-sociopathic disregard for the lives she's ruined and exploited and by her apparent contempt for the tenets of responsible journalism (to say nothing of basic human decency)."

21 comments:

VOTAR said...

Speaking as an admirer of the written word, that description of Nancy Grace could perhaps be one of the most enjoyable and satisfying paragraphs I've ever read.

LzyMom said...

I am one of the few not calling for Casey Anthony's head. I only know what the media showed me, which, IMO, showed the worst possible side of her. Maybe that's the only side, I don't know.

The jury found her not guilty. If they didn't have enough evidence to convict her, what makes so many other people think that they're right?

It's an unpopular stand that I've taken but just because she may have been a shitty mom, doesn't mean she killed her child.

Anonymous said...

The sole reason this case was ever covered by the national media is because the mother was a moderately attractive white woman.

I take solace in the fact that Nancy Grace's twins are going to grow up to be either utter shits like their mothers, or if they have any natural humanity not destroyed by their mother, will be crippled drug addicts.

I shouldn't say that. I'm a little bitter right now dealing with a surgery with the VA.

surfer said...

Very well said Chez.

And I agree with you LzyMom.

That helmet-haired shrieking harridan is an absolute disgrace, and whether she realizes it or not, she is inciting people with her rhetoric, and I don't see anything good coming from this. I guess it is all about ratings; how else to explain why every TV show is anxious to have her on (see Nightline last night as an example).

The job of her defense team was twofold - to defend her to the best of their ability, and to cast doubt on the prosecution's theory.

They did the first, and whether or not they did the second was/is debatable. The alternate juror who has been making the rounds on TV was very clear in saying that he felt the prosecution could not prove murder, and could not show cause or time of death.

CNNfan said...

Nancy said, "The devil is dancing".
Wish I could go on: Dancing with the Stars
with Nancy.

kanye said...

Nancy Grace et al. make complete sense when one understands cable news' true function; when one understands what cable news really is, who consumes it and how it's consumed.

Nick said...

Couldn't have dreamed a better description for the snake; well done.

Matt said...

I have avoided the case as much as someone living near Orlando could possibly do, but I know many who were hanging on every bit. One of my friends nailed it on Facebook though. Basically, he pointed out that, while what happened to the girl was monstrous, all of the vitriol and calling for her head was pretty pointless and that if they felt that strongly, then why not volunteer at or donate to organizations that work to help abused children? Too many people have fallen under the CSI effect, I guess.

Nathan said...

Regardless of the outcome, I'm just glad to see that court cases aren't decided by Nancy Grace's indignation.

Yet.

(Gawd, I hate that woman.)

QueBarbara said...

Oh, she's a shitty mom all right, and she probably killed her kid. But, the prosecution didn't prove it. What protects the (alledged) crazy killers like Casey Anthony is also what protects the rest of us; presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

60ft6in said...

Nancy Grace "was born as a Saint with the consciousness of a Snake (my apologies to Blue Oyster Cult)."

Nancy Grace should get an enema on national television. Make that E.U.C. (enemas until clear)! Get in the stirrups Nancy! Hi ho, Silver!

Nic said...

But tell us what you really think of Nancy Grace....

NoxiousNan said...

Chez, you nailed her then and now and always. She's enough to make me believe in evil incarnate.

Josh said...

If, with all my worldly possessions on the line, I could yank down but one Lycra pantsuit bottom to prove the existence of vagina dentata, I would head directly for Nancy Grace.

Ref said...

I like to think of myself as enlightened, but public corporal punishment should be revived specifically for her.

Jadine said...

As a parent I cannot get past the fact that her Mother did not say anything about the fact that her child was missing for the past 31 days. It was Casey's Mom that reported her missing in the 911 call. The only way a Mother would not mention that her child has been missing is she was involved. If my 2 year old was missing I'd be a blubbering mess, not out partying.

The prosecution did not prove their case, and that's the bottom line. It is so sad that the truth will probably never be known.

Jadine said...

Damn, I forgot to add that I concur that Nancy Grace is a vile human being. Even when I'm just scrolling through the t.v. listings and I see her show listed, my heart beats a little faster in utter contempt.

Mart said...

Nathan said...

"Regardless of the outcome, I'm just glad to see that court cases aren't decided by Nancy Grace's indignation."

What are the odds of some Grace incensed idiot trying to take her out once she's released?

Anonymous said...

I don't get it...if so many people wasted their lives watching this case on TV, why do so many Americans refuse to participate in jury duty?

Benoit from Ottawa said...

You Americans' reactions to Nancy Grace are reassuring.

There are still intelligence, fairness and common decency in America. Good stuff. We all need a bunch, these decades.





The woman's a human tabloid.



(Chez, FWIW, tech note: your site (but not another Blogger site) now almost consistently crashes my Firefox 5.0 (running on iMac). So it's Google Chrome for you, at least until 5.1 is available -- it may already be, who the hell keeps up with all this.)

Ref said...

Just to clarify, it's Nancy Grace I want to see getting the corporal punishment.

I think it highly likely that Casey Anthony will be a victim of violence, which may be a rough form of justice. However, the system did work here. The state's case was flawed and the defense was able to show it.