And the winner is — neither! While my intent is not to take a stand here for or against Casey Anthony, or expound on all the reasons I feel she might have been found guilty as charged, I am compelled to address the “coverage” given this case by Ms. Grace. It is apparent that Nancy Grace has the heart of a prosecutor. I’ve known many prosecutors, even dated one, and while most are able to keep some remnant of the fact that we, the people, in order to form a more perfect Union, hold all those accused of crimes to be innocent until/unless proven guilty, Ms. Grace entered into the fray with the tenacity of a pit bull on a pork chop. She made it clear from the very beginning Casey should fry. It is my humble opinion upon viewing the various programs where Nancy Grace appeared, she came across as a commentator, a prosecutor, and talk show host. I did not see her as someone reporting the news, and perhaps that is not what her show was intended to do. Perhaps it was meant all along for her to raise doubt and anger among the American public, in which case I commend her for being very successful.
Let’s get real, folks. HLN‘s ratings more than doubled with the extravaganza displayed on Nancy Grace’s show. I could not help but notice that each time she was questioning one of her guest “experts,” if/when one began to disagree with her, she cut them off immediately, not allowing them to complete a sentence, and continuing to voice her own opinions and impressions. Those who agreed with her were given ample time to speak their mind. Which drove her aggression more—the passion of knowing a precious child had died, or raising the numbers in the ratings? And if it was the latter, does that mean the American public was manipulated by a “reporter/commentator?” He may be brought up for reprimand with the whole “shooting of the bird” incident, but when Cheney Mason spoke immediately after the verdict was rendered as a defense attorney addressing the media and “talking heads,” it is my opinion he was right on. We have to get a handle on the way the media goes to any length to work the public into a frenzy, especially if they are being driven by ratings and more dollars.
I have not lost sight of the fact Caylee is dead. I have not lost sight of the fact that even though Casey Anthony was adjudged “not guilty,” it in no way means she is innocent. It is what it is. The jury had their say. She will be scrutinized in every move she makes, every word she speaks, and God forbid, every line she may write for publication. Something tells me life will not be the party for Casey in the future that it was in the past. In the poll taken on my blog to the question, “How did Caylee die?” the greatest percentage felt Caylee was killed by Casey. The second highest response was, “We may never really know.” Whether the former is correct, I am most certain the second highest rated response is without a doubt acceptable, and holds a great deal of truth and enlightenment.
One thing I do know. Something good will come from all this, if the Florida legislature steps up to the plate and passes “Caylee’s Law.” It should be a crime to allow a child to be missing without reporting to law enforcement or some legal arm, and not for 31 days, not even one day, but certainly within a few hours at most of when the child is realized to be missing. It is a shame it took such a tragedy to bring us to realize there was even a need for enactment of a law as this.
Carolyn is an advocate for sexual/domestic violence and assault awareness, also focusing on child sexual abuse. She is a Life Direction & Empowerment Coach, working with victims and survivors of molestation, sexual assault, domestic violence or spousal abuse, and bringing training to organizations seeking to help victims. Listen to Carolyn’s interview with Cynthia Brennen, on “Help, Hope & Healing.” Visit her website at orangeblossomwishes.com
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