Tuesday, February 14, 2012

An Open Letter To CNN Regarding Nancy Grace

You have to fire Nancy Grace.

Is that simple and unambiguous enough for you to get through your heads the gravity of the situation that the world's most irresponsible cable news presence has put your network in? Is it finally sinking in just how reckless, unhinged and flat-out dangerous Grace is -- and what an embarrassment she is to the CNN brand I have to assume you value -- now that she's used your airwaves to make the ludicrously inflammatory claim that Whitney Houston may have been murdered, without a shred of actual proof? Did you cringe when one of your level-headed anchors, Don Lemon, was forced to follow up her ridiculous, histrionic accusation with a disclaimer distancing CNN from the opportunistic ravings of one of its own? Are you maybe, now, after all this time, beginning to realize the level of shame that Grace has heaped at your doorstep for the past seven years -- seven years in which you've inexplicably given her free rein to bullhorn whatever wild theories or self-serving but ultimately defamatory blather have popped into her overactive mind?

You can't let this continue. Enough is enough.

I'll say it again: You have got to fire Nancy Grace -- and you have got to do it now.

For reasons most sane people will never quite understand, you let it slide when Grace -- in a near-sociopathic display of morbid prurience and sadistic exploitation -- berated Florida mother Melinda Duckett on-air to the point where it may have led her to kill herself, then ran the pre-taped interview immediately following the suicide. You looked the other way when, after months of indignant torch-and-pitchfork bluster from a CNN host's chair directed toward them, it was revealed that three Duke lacrosse players were in fact innocent of all rape charges against them, a verdict which prompted the perpetually wrong Grace to not only refuse to admit that she was wrong but to sub in another CNN anchor to deliver the news of the court's decision. You abdicated your responsibility to do something to stop the daily onslaught of incendiary invective spewing from the geyser of crap in the middle of Grace's face in the wake of the Casey Anthony verdict. Whether Casey Anthony is truly guilty or innocent doesn't matter one bit -- a court spoke and justice as we know it in this country was served. But that didn't matter to Nancy Grace, because in her mind she is the only real arbiter of right, wrong and legality and therefore it's within her God-given right to sit in judgment of each and every court case she calculatingly milks of every last drop of soap-opera tawdriness in the name of keeping herself relevant.

And that's just scratching the surface of her vulgarity.

She can do this kind of thing all she wants. This is a free country. But she should not be allowed to do it as a representative of CNN.

You have to fire Nancy Grace and you have to do it now -- before she does any more damage to your already tarnished reputation. You simply cannot continue to provide her with an on-air forum at your network and simultaneously claim to be a responsible news organization, one which holds itself to a high journalistic standard. The two just don't go together -- they can't.

She's already a national laughingstock, but you don't have to be by association. Not anymore.

Get rid of her.

Because I guarantee that her outrageous and irresponsible rants about the life and death of Whitney Houston -- informed only by her megalomania and the apparent voices in her pea brain -- are only going to continue. They're only going to get worse, in fact. And they're only going to bring more shame to CNN.

You have to do it. She's left you no choice.

(Cross-posted at the Huffington Post)


JohnF said...

Either that or they have to take the word "News" out of the station name.

CFWard57 said...

Do you have ANY idea how hard it is to get a ruling of prosecutorial misconduct from a court? Prosecutors are given extraordinary latitude and judges and their state bars are inclined to cut them A LOT of slack, yet Nancy Grace was twice chastised by the Supreme Court of Georgia for misconduct involving deceit and playing fast and loose with the rules. From Wikipedia:

"The Supreme Court of Georgia has twice commented on Grace's conduct as a prosecutor. First, in a 1994 heroin drug trafficking case, Bell v. State, the Court declared a mistrial, saying that Grace had "exceeded the wide latitude of closing argument" by drawing comparisons to unrelated murder and rape cases.[8]

In 1997, the court was more severe, overturning the murder-arson conviction of businessman W. W. Carr in the death of his wife. While the court said its reversal was not due to these transgressions, since the case had turned primarily on circumstantial evidence, it nevertheless concluded "the conduct of the prosecuting attorney in this case demonstrated her disregard of the notions of due process and fairness, and was inexcusable."[9] Carr was freed in 2004 when The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Fulton County had waited too long to retry him, thereby unfairly prejudicing his right to a fair trial.[10]

Despite upholding the conviction she sought, a panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in a 2005 opinion that Grace "played fast and loose" with her ethical duties and failed to "fulfill her responsibilities" as a prosecutor in the 1990 triple murder trial of Herbert Connell Stephens.[11] The court agreed that it was "difficult to conclude that Grace did not knowingly use ... [apparently false] testimony" from a detective that there were no other suspects, despite the existence of outstanding arrest warrants for other men.[11]"

Nancy Grace is a disgrace to the legal profession, has done incalculable harm by turning sensitive legal matters into calls for electronic vigilantism, and SHOULD have been disbarred a long time ago for her unethical conduct.

Timothy said...

She is a real life Shelby Cross (Onion News).

drm said...

But think of the vastly increased audience she'd inherit @ Fox. CNN might be doing a public service by keeping her, 'cause nobody sees her there.

Nick said...

Who watches CNN?

Matt said...

There are few people that I flat out despise. She's one of them. I wouldn't stop to piss on her if she was on fire.

60ft6in said...

Nancy Grace should be pushed out of a plane without a parachute. Remember the scene in "Drop Zone" where the trap door on the floor of a plane opened up under Wesley Snipes and he plummeted like a lead balloon? Nancy please take sky diving lessons so you can pancake into the ground and make a plum pie out of yourself. You do that and they will lead off the news hour with your death! File that story under obituaries we would like to see.

Atlantalee said...

I would love to share this on facebook, but I work under the same umbrella as CNN, so you know how it goes. :)

Chez said...

I sure as hell do.

pea said...

I am super glad I've never seen this woman in action.

TheReaperD said...

I can happily say that I have never had to listen to her speak. This is a trend I hope to continue in the future so as to not need to call on a non-existent deity to smite her. Though the mental thought of Loki making her his play toy has a certain joy.

Anonymous said...

tee hee. first avi destroys the church and now you eviscerate this sad sack of bleached dumb fuck. it's going to be a very good week, indeed.

Ref said...

She was a year behind me in Law School. She was insufferable then, and there is NOTHING lower in the legal profession than a bent prosecutor. She is scum.

NoxiousNan said...

On those unfortunate occasions when her face unexpectedly appears on my screen, the goal is to grab the remote and change the channel before she opens her maw.

She is one of only two human beings that have ever inspired that reaction in me, the other being George W Bush.

Anonymous said...

The letter is awesome. Nancy grace is such a d-bag , I appreciate her trying to spin the drug speculations.. but to jump to murder? First of all Whitney could fight. there were quiet stories b4 bobby of her fighting on her brother behalf! Her image helped it fade quickly.

Lmmfao at 6ft6in yo that's so effn funny !! Out of a plane without a parachute!!!! Yes!

Bob in Rochester said...

CNN and Good Morning America have to get rid of Nancy Grace. She's an embarrassment to the legal profession, to journalism in general, and to CNN and ABC in particular.

Nick said...

Chez -

ha. sorry; didn't consider. i'm sure you still do.