July 22, 2014

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Great Expectations: The Casey Anthony Trial

So the Casey Anthony trial draws to a close. Why do we care so much?

I'm going to go out on a limb for a few minutes, cause I try not to comment on breaking news or media stories.

But this one seems to have legs.  This is a story that just would not die.

The public seemed fascinated by the investigation, the search, the prosecution, the defense, the trial of Casey Anthony.

You'll recall this is the Floridan mother who delayed reporting the absence of her child for at least a month, and the child's body was eventually found.

Why is the public so enamored with this case?  The answer is not hard to come up with.

The media.  Specifically, Nancy Grace.

Is there anyone who doesn't know who this person is, or know her attitude?

Personally, I don't follow her "show", as I can never tell when it's live, pre-recorded, or when the banner "Breaking News" truly heralds something important or something rehashed.

But that doesn't stop the media.

(Yes, I know, I'm part of the 'the media'. Please don't hold it against me...)

So, back to what I was saying.... For those of you who have tuned in late, we're discussing the role the media has played in keeping the Casey Anthony case before the viewing public.

With every move, release or legal action being reported with "Breaking News" status in this trial, is there any doubt that the public perceives this as a "terribly important case"?

And to what extent has the media frenzy over this case been a self-fulfilling prophesy?  How many other news shows or tabloid news shows have jumped on the bandwagon because of the media hype?

We'll talk with a so-called expert about this in just a moment... but first, let's talk about how outrageous the charge is, how it inflames us, and offends our sensibilities.  Let's not let go of that outrage, but continue to pick at the scab, reporting it over and over again.

The truth of the matter is that this is a tawdry murder trial.  Not that the death of an innocent little girl isn't tragic, it is...but the perpetrator doesn't deserve the attention that is being lavished upon the case.

It seems like every few years, the media is delighted to jump on a high-profile case, just in time for ratings and sweeps periods.  And once such a case is positioned into the lime light, it just won't die.

It's my hope that with the verdict in this trial, that the case will be allowed to fade away and the controversy die down.

But that's not likely to happen.  Too many groups want to protest, want to exploit it, are invested in it. We're likely to hear about the sentencing, the disposition of the charges, the future of the defense and prosecution teams, and worse, what the media experts think of all this.

But the one thing that really bothers me, more than anything else, is how this has made a media star out of one particular person's outrage, concern, or sensibilities.

That's right, We can't wait to hear how she reacts...what she thinks, and what she "demands" to happen next....  like it matters what she thinks.

Yep, it's not over until the fat lady sings.   Let's all say "Amen, Grace"... let it go.

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