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We all found out today that our justice system is alive and well and not living in a woman called Nancy Grace. While Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and child abuse she was found guilty of the lesser charges of lying to police, and basically sending them on a bunch of wild goose chases. Grace anointed herself judge, jury and “expert” early on in the Casey Anthony case and talked about it non-stop on her HLN nightly program for CNN. The program, called Swift Justice, was taken literally by Grace who ranted and raved nightly about the guilt of Casey Anthony killing her two-year old daughter, dubbing Anthony “tot mom.’
Grace is an attorney and former prosecutor which evidently gives her the right to prosecute in a public forum, on TV, in print and anywhere else her mouth takes her, even when a trial is ongoing. A lot of people were shocked and dismayed that Anthony was found not guilty but the fact remains that 12 jurors obviously had a reasonable doubt. Grace, on the other hand has never had a reasonable thought or it might have dawned on her that “her way” wasn’t the only way to go. I actually thought the not guilty verdict might render Grace speechless-no such luck.
Grace single-handedly ruined my favorite morning news program, Good Morning America, by her almost daily appearances in the last month as a so-called “expert” in the case. As I drank my coffee and listened to her talk over Robin Roberts’ questions, bulldoze her answers through another commentator’s statements, screech “tot mom” over and over and criticize anyone on the program who disagreed with her “guilty” point of view, I had enough. I no longer watch GMA, as I think they went off the deep end in considering Grace an “expert” in this case, (note to GMA) A loud opinion does not make someone an “expert.” Grace, and her unprofessional and caustic demeanor has really given the law profession (not always thought of in high esteem) a black eye, hearkening back to the days of ambulance chasers.
Grace said she was concerned that Anthony would get book and movie deals etc. yet Grace has had her face in front of the cameras over this case for a couple of years and has milked it for all its worth. The whole case is sad, a child is dead and Nancy Grace is a disgrace.
Good Morning America just became Goodbye America for me. The ABC morning news program that has been my faithful companion along with my cup of coffee every morning for more years than I care to count has added a “TV personality” to its morning show that is a definite deal-breaker for my continued viewing of the show; Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Yes, it is the same whiney, polarizing, ultra-conservative, cry-baby and argumentative woman from ABC’s The View.
Who makes these “executive” decisions? Oh right, the ABC executives of course. Who have evidently decided in their infinite wisdom that a woman who was on a reality program (Survivor Australian Outback) and then moved on to a style program (The Look For Less) and then landed on an entertainment/talk/argue venue was perfect for a news program. Credibility? Who cares?
I am trying not to cloud my judgement by the fact that Diane Sawyer is my idol and that her move to World News left a huge gap in the GMA show. I like her replacement in George Stephanopoulos, he brings a serious sense of credibility to the team of Robin Roberts, JuJu Chang and Sam Champion but where does someone like Hasselbeck fit into this scenario? She is supposedly going to do “hot button” topics on lifestyle and child-rearing issues.
So, as viewers we are supposed to find someone who made horribly insensitive comments on National TV about sports reporter Erin Andrews costume on Dancing With The Stars, as a credible, reliable resource for child rearing issues? Or consider Hasselbeck’s objectivity on lifestyle issues when her high-profile conservative opinions fill the ABC airwaves over at the view? Her drama on the view is relentless and her high-pitched screeching voice annoying. Did anyone at GMA do a poll on how many viewers think she is goofy as a bug and can’t stand watching her? In a word; many.
So, while ABC still lags behind NBC’s Today Show by at least a million viewers a day, Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer are tops in their time slot and sure don’t have to worry about losing ratings to ABC unless they choose to bring in Snookie as a lifestyle reporter. Without Diane Sawyer around the bigger stars are not as easy to get on GMA and with the addition of Hasselbeck the ratings have nowhere to go but down. I like the rest of the GMA crew but you can’t tell me they weren’t shocked by the decision to hire Hasselbeck. I’m only one person but after many years I am signing off as a viewer, it’s been nice but the joke isn’t going to be on me. I like current news with my coffee and Hasselbeck is decidedly old news, not fit for me to view.