Thursday, July 28, 2011

Quote of the Day


"It was reported that television ratings for the trial were extraordinary. Clearly, the broadcast of an official and serious court proceeding such as this trial where a young girl was dead and her mother faced the death penalty devolved into cheap, soap-opera-like entertainment."

-- Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over the Casey Anthony trial, in a ruling this week that will keep the names of the jurors in the case secret until public outrage over the verdict subsides

Cheap, soap-opera-like entertainment. You think?

While it may seem a little presumptuous, it's really not that much of a stretch so let's call this what it is: The judge in the Casey Anthony trial is basically keeping the jurors hidden because there's a legitimate threat to their safety in the atmosphere created by irresponsible, narcissistic goons like Nancy Grace. I get the ratings thing; I know that bloodthirsty outrage makes for great television. But in this case it's flat-out dangerous. Everyone, including the judge who presided over the Anthony case, understands this and has directly or indirectly castigated those who've fomented this climate. And yet CNN continues to allow Grace -- by a wide margin the worst offender -- to have a forum on its air. The lack of journalistic ethics is just mind-boggling.

3 comments:

Atlantalee said...

I won't argue with you about Nancy Grace, but I really think the problem is the widespread coverage of this trial by so many reputable journalists, leading the masses to believe that they should care what happens in this case. Tragic as it is, people die everyday across this country and around the world in far more tragic circumstances. Why should we pay attention to this case? Nobody would give a shit if it weren't for Nancy Grace and the morning show morons. I guarantee whoever created this: http://pinterest.com/pin/56585999/ would have found a better use of their time.

Anonymous said...

She looks quite a bit like Jayne. I have thought that since the trial started. Just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

Nope.
The problem is allowing cameras into your courtrooms.
Outside of America (Canada, Britain, Australia, Europe), the preference and emphasis is more on the fundamental social value of allowing a fair trial, rather than "free press".
Hence, no media circus or "Cheap, soap-opera-like entertainment".