I could take a cheap shot and say that in this circus the media played the part of the clowns, but I won’t… well, I guess I just did. Don’t misunderstand me. That is a very general statement, and there were many who covered it with the level of decorum and professionalism we should expect from our reporters, but in total respect and deference to Judge Perry, outside the courtroom it seems many members of the media tried to play ringmaster and run the show. So, was it a total shock to hear the Rupert Murdock bombshell that was dropped in the news the same day Casey was sentenced? As crooked politicians taint the government scene for those who are truly dedicated to do a proper and honorable job, so certain members of the media have been caught red-handed practicing “crooked” news. Now we have bribes, illegal wiretapping and theft of personal information—all for the sake of “the scoop.” So, how much confidence does this lead us to believe we can actually place in the stories, coverage and reports we heard during the Casey Anthony trial, or any news, for that matter?
I wonder if the public reached their decision as to Casey Anthony’s culpability before or after the hearing, and how many relied on such notables as Nancy Grace, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Dr. Drew or David Muir to reach their opinion.
Up until the O.J. Simpson trial, I recall a country where the news media was not allowed to “produce a show” and incite to riot (Isn’t that illegal, as well?). Proper news coverage should be conducted just like the jury process—just the facts . . . just the facts. Even as the jury was instructed not to let their personal emotions or opinions filter into their decision (like THAT was going to happen with 12 human beings!), back in the day, as a little girl, I recall the Walter Cronkite, Huntley & Brinkley and Edward R. Murrow quality of covering the news. They asked tough questions. They got answers. Opinions were known as “editorials” back then, not news coverage.
For those in the media who covered the past 3 years of this case in the same manner as Messrs. Cronkite, Brinkley, Jennings or Brokaw would, thank you for doing your job well.
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.
- Why the Casey Anthony Trial Matters (timesunion.com)