Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Little Girl on My Street

Yesterday a little girl was struck and killed by a car around the corner from my house. Reports suggest she darted out between two parked cars and was struck by a green SUV that kept going. It's hard to get your brain around something this sad.

And then a vampire of the news media named Nancy Grace exploits this tragedy as if her bottom line depended on it.

After depicting the lurid details of the accident several times, shouting down anyone who disagreed (or simply dared to speak in her presence), Grace nearly frightened me into forgetting the tragedy she was pretending to cover.

Grace strikes me, having only had the misfortune to watch her program this one time, as someone who exalts in the misery of others and revels in the profits she can make of it.

Why can't I just watch the news and get an update on what's happening? Does Nancy Grace really feel that she needs to fake cry on teevee to remind me of all the phonies, fakers, liars and charlatans that walk the earth?

In the meantime, this poor little girl left the world on Monday a month shy of 7. Her mom watched it happen. The driver didn't stop. Was it an accident? Was it a driver who panicked and fled? It sounds to me that he or she is a coward. But clearly, the city's placement of stop signs and enforcement of speed laws in our neighborhood has been haphazard as well.

It seems to me this little girl deserves a better eulogy than the post-mortem yellow journalism delivered supposedly on her behalf by a bloodsucking, faking, exploitative, law school squeaker-by like Nancy Grace.

If anyone has any infomation about a vehicle for donation to this kid's family, please let me know.

Thank you.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if such shows draw attention to the problem, is it really such a bad thing?

Whether or not watching these shows changes our behavior is another story . Frankly, I'm not so optimistic. Why? Because people don't care.

7:03 AM  
Blogger red storm said...

Anonymous,

Yes, it is such a bad thing. I don't think we need irresponsible journalism in order to bring attention to the problems of the world. What's wrong with stating the facts and letting a reader / listener / viewer form his own opinion? Dumbing it down for the layperson is one thing, but I don't think our newsmedia ought to be presenting us with opinions mistakenly labeled as facts. Further, when a populist / rabble rouser like this comes on the air, they take an already tragic situation and exploit it; suddenly the dialogue is not only about a tragic incident but is now about how it is covered in the news.

I'm disgusted with the news altogether these days, but after watching her program and going back and watching a few taped episodes available on the internet, I've become convinced that Nancy Grace basically epitomizes the answer to "what's wrong with the media."

As long as people continue to watch shows like this, in my opinion they become complicit.

CNN gives us this shit becuase we watch it. Who says it takes manipulative news coverage to make us care? And in any case, who says that the news sources are trying to make us actually care? They're just trying to make us watch -- and they're doing so by offering us lurid and prurient turds disguised as real news. I suppose somehow that's good for ratings. But it's not good for anything else.

2:59 PM  

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