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Nancy Grace, CNN disgraceful
July 7, 2011 - Jim Smith
There are fine lines between "covering" the news, "becoming" the news and "using" it for personal or professional gain, all of which have taken center stage in the CNN gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Casey Anthony trial on charges of her murdering her 2-year-old daughter in 2008.
Most particularly, CNN talking head and former criminal prosecutor Nancy Grace's coverage and comment during the search for the missing child, investigation of the child's death, charges against the child's mother, trial of the mother and then the mother being found not guilty of felony charges in the death have come under much-deserved criticism by both defense attorney and prosecuting attorneys.
Even after the jury's decision was rendered, Grace could not resist letting the world know how wrong she felt the verdict was and getting those on camera who felt as she did. Throughout the nearly three-year criminal process, Grace did not hesitate to throw impartiality to the wind, letting her personal feeling color her comments, choice of interviewees and "coverage" of the events surrounding the investigation and subsequent media circus trial.
Grace charged, tried and convicted Casey Anthony long before the jury was even seated, let alone had a chance to hear the court presentations ... and for that CNN should be ashamed of putting revenue and ratings above fair coverage and ethical standards.
Was Anthony guilty? What I or anyone else, including Nancy Grace thinks, is immaterial. She was found not guilty, which means Nancy Grace, who has made a living off the increased TV ratings her one-sided coverage for CNN gained, will have to move on to something else she can sensationalize and take to national prominence for the pure sake of viewership.
If Nancy Grace wants to "convict" people, as she did with Anthony, she needs to return to being a prosecutor in the legal arena and get out of over-opinionated comment and one-sided electronic journalism.
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