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Casey Anthony trial was not the media’s finest hour

July 6, 2011 - Art Smith
With the conclusion of the Casey Anthony trial on Tuesday I have just one question. What are all the “experts” on cable going to talk about now?

It’s not my job to judge if Casey Anthony murdered her daughter Caylee. Frankly, it’s not the job of the mass of talking heads on cable news shows either. They found her guilty months ago.

With non-stop coverage fitting a huge natural disaster, a war, or a major social uprising they managed to suck most of America into the story as well.

People failed to keep the story in perspective. Every day there are more than 40 murders in the United States. Few people accused of a murder get a large legal team to help fight the charges. Few victims get the large number of people working to solve the case, as did the Anthony child.

I heard an interview with cable news executive once, “We cover the story, and we cover it to death,” he said. “When people turn on the TV, they expect to find information about the big story.” I’m not sure who picked this to be the “big story.” Normally for a story to get pushed this high on the national radar it has to involve someone who was famous before the incident took place.

Not since the O.J. Simpson trail has there been so many armchair lawyers. Blessed with the wisdom of Nancy Grace and her cohorts, many came to a different conclusion than that of jurors.

Social networking wasn’t around for the Simpson trail. It lit up like a Christmas tree Tuesday though.

Within the minutes of the verdict, Facebook and Twitter were filled with reaction. Since the verdict came in the middle of a workday, you would think reactions could have waited. It didn’t.

Without hearing all the evidence, who are we, my friends included, to judge. If we judge anyone, or anything, it should be the media and the over-the-top coverage of a trial in Florida.

The final straw for me came later Tuesday when the media started reporting what celebrities were saying about the verdict on their Twitter accounts. Really, come on folks, you are making the whole news industry look stupid. Unless Kim Kardashian, LeAnn Rimes or Ashton Kutcher has some direct involvement with the case, it really isn’t news what they have to say about it.


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