This evening my television remote control guided me to what was once one of my favorite television channels - HLN - formerly CNN Headline News. The remote happened to land me on this channel during the showing of it's blockbuster show - Nancy Grace.
I was appalled by what I saw! Rarely have a seen a TV personality (expect for some of the idiots on Fox) who displayed such utter nastiness and cruelty. Her episode tonight was all about the "Baby Lisa" case that has created such large amounts of media attention. I have not really followed this story at all, but from what little I have read there doesn't seem to be any clear indication of who is behind this baby's disappearance. Yes - it is quite possible that the parents did it or know more than what they are saying. But it sounds equally likely that the lone man walking through the neighborhood after midnight carrying a baby with only a diaper on could have done it too.
My problem with Nancy Grace comes from how she "reports" stories. At no point does there seem to be any kind of impartial discussion of what is talking place. Everything that is presented by Nancy and most of her talking head goons is all opinion of why the parents (particularly the mother) had to have done it. The parents are assailed from all sides - from the fact that it looks like the mom has a better hair style today than the day before (it looked the same to me), to the fact that they won't talk to the media, to the fact that the mom used the word "grieving" to describe her feelings. Good god! These people are being judged by these talking heads even before the police had determined whether or not foul play is involved.
Is Nancy Grace personally as nasty as she comes off to be in her discussions of this family that are in the midst of a great tragedy? Or does she do this just to sell her show? For 2 or 3 years we had to hear Nancy and her cohort of "tragedy journalists/showmen" talk about how Casey Anthony killed her daughter. Yet when the justice system of OUR COUNTRY spoke, a jury of Casey's peers found her not guilty. (Reminder: That doesn't mean she didn't do it, it just means there wasn't enough evidence to prove that she did.) So what was the purpose of 2 - 3 years of Nancy and all these other breathless journalists telling us without a question of a doubt that Casey did it? Guess what - they were all wrong, at least according to the way our justice system works in this country. I guess all those hack journalists did for one reason - money!
My point in writing this isn't to defend a person like Casey Anthony as she isn't worth defending. My point in writing this is really to reflect where we as a country are going. Let's forget about all the economic troubles. Let's forget about the waxing influence of our country throughout the world. Let's forget about generations of our children who are not getting educated because our schools are out of money - just forget about all that stuff. Then ask yourself, what is truly important to the people of our country? Are personal interest/personal tragedy stories like Baby Lisa more important than all the huge problems we face? To me it seems like we are in the late days of the Roman Empire and since we don't have gladiators and fights to the death to amuse us we need to focus on tragedies and horrible things like Baby Lisa and Casey Anthony.
Wake up folks - the sand is draining through the hour glass. We need to pay attention to the real stuff and stop worrying about shit like this before it is too late and we as a nation are in the crapper!
I'm just saying.....
On a personal note - the cast came off my left leg yesterday. My doc put me in one of those very hardcore "boots" to prevent me from using my left leg. She estimates that I have another 2.5 weeks before I can start putting any weight on that leg, but I am supposed to get started with physical therapy as soon as possible. I wish I could post the X-rays that they took as they were killer. There is might mighty big steel plate and 6 screws in my fibula. It's definitely gonna keep my fibula from breaking there again!
Nancy - Patty's Mom (not Nancy Grace :-) ) is going to be moving into assisted living within the next week. My surgery put that a little bit behind as I haven't been able to help her move. Next week we will get all the final stuff moved and she should begin living at Cranbrook Senior Living in Greenwood Village the week of or the week after Halloween. That certainly will be a very big change for all of us, but Nancy really needs some more day-to-day help that I can't always provide.
Thanks and peace to all! ~J.