Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Of Casey Anthony, Nancy Grace and the modern sob sister

Despite not watching a second of the trial, I've been fascinated by American media's overcoverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial, especially the discussions of the media performance.

Just as I knew was bound to happen, the conversation turned to Headline New''s Nancy Grace whose record is littered with wild accusations, hounding of women -- especially mothers of missing children -- and at least one such young mother driven to suicide.

Roy Peter Clark, one of the truly great writers out there, has pulled things into perspective with a blog calling Grace a modern sob sister. I think that's unfair to sob sisters, although his analogy of Grace leading the townspeople with torches out after Frankenstein's monster is pretty right on. Grace presiding over the Salem Witch Trials or the Spanish Inquisition also seems spot on.

The role of media, especially activist media like Grace, is something that affects us all, if only because we are all tarnished by some.

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