Scared Monkeys Radio Daily Commentary – Tuesday, October 21, 2008 – Has The Casey / Caylee Anthony Story Received Too Much Media Attention?
- Dana comments on how mainstream media ignores some stories while others are given too much attention.
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Posted October 21, 2008 by Scared Monkeys
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9 Responses to “Scared Monkeys Radio Daily Commentary – Tuesday, October 21, 2008 – Has The Casey / Caylee Anthony Story Received Too Much Media Attention?”
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I might actually have to disagree on this one with regards to media coverage. From what I have seen from the MSM the only person covering the case is Nancy Grace on a national level. The rest of the coverage is local which is to be expected.
National cable and MSM will never cover all the cases. They pick a main one and then will do smaller one’s around it. It is all for ratings.
The Caylee case is big; however, not on the level of many before it because most of the MSM is all consumed with politics. What is compelling about the Caylee case to many is the fact that a precious little girl is missing and there is an identifiable villain. There is also heroes who come in despite the actions of the family to help find missing Caylee.
This is what separates missing person cases on TV. There must be a villain, a hero and a helpless victim.
In the end all media attention is good for missing person cases. We can only hope that one would continue to the next. Its time to get rid of “reality” TV and help promote and find the missing.
I agree with Dana that this case has gotten too much coverage. No doubt it would have gotten more if not for the presidential election coverage. Like Holloway and Anna Nicole Smith, the coverage goes beyond discussing the facts and new findings, moving to the point where the media is virtually creating news to discuss it with their panelists. Case in point: Fox News became a topic of discussion in the Stacy Peterson case because of camping out in front of the Peterson home. Another example is Greta trying to talk to Nadira in Aruba and Aruban police chasing her down while she sits on the tarmac. There are some cases that have more “meat” to them — lots of questions, mystery, uncertainty, perhaps corruption — and this draws in the viewers. But how many times have we heard teasers about breaking news, new info, only to find it’s nothing of real importance or not actually new. (A nod to SM here as sometimes it wasn’t “new” because Red already blogged it.)
Wondering if blogged is actually a word. Am I manufacturing a verb from a noun? Where are the English teacher monkeys? I’m reminded of the olden days when “party” was a noun and two generations later became a verb. Topic for another time I suppose. Sorry for the OT; thinking with my keyboard.
I think the Casey Anthony case is so intriguing because it’s such a paradox. We wouldn’t expect this from someone like her. Casey is pretty, smart and seemingly lacked for nothing materially and has a close family. We are puzzled by her contradictory behavior in the face of her child gone missing. I hope that soon we’ll get to the “how” and perhaps the “why” regarding Caylee’s terrible fate.
Watch this video from Fox News and wait until the last 13 seconds. Look over George’s shoulder. What do you see? It is very freaky. Stop the video and use the zoom feature (right mouse click, zoom in). You can see it for just 3 seconds.
In the video from Greta appears to be a man with a mustache peering in the window.
6 and 7, HennyPenny and Lyn, my first thought was “is that Geraldo?” Whether it’s a neighbor, friend or reporter, there is someone coming into the picture through window.
I don’t feel as though this case is receiving too much coverage, as stated earlier, Nancy Grace and local media seem to be the only outlets covering the case with any regularity. Other than that I have only seen brief coverage once in a while. The “Today Show” will have Cindy Anthony as a guest on their show periodically.
If not for the initial intense media attention, I don’t feel as though the PD and FBI would have taken this case seriously as a homicide and then they would have dropped the ball. I see it far too often locally.
I feel as though the blogging; arm chair detectives actually aided the PD with their theories. I read many bloggers theories online weeks before the media covered them.
Even Nancy Grace has only dedicated half of her show to the case now. Which if not for that, the 6 year old boy Cole Puffinberger might not have been found alive. That shows you right there the power of the media.
There are far too many missing children who don’t get the luxury of the national media’s attention but I feel it is quite a double edged sword. Because of the intense coverage of Caylee Anthony case, this sends a message to any parent who doesn’t care about their child and is contemplating a disposal of their child.
Casey Anthony did not care about her daughter. That is apparent! To go 31 days without telling a soul that Caylee was missing proves enough that Casey is disgusting waste of life. Millions of people stepped forward to wrap their arms around Caylee and care about her disappearance and her own mother could not even fake that she cared!
The message that this media attention sends out is this……you may not care about your innocent child but WE do and we will get you!
So yeah, keep that message out there.