Friday, March 14, 2008

Nancy Dis-Grace

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 2:04 PM

I was in Cancun when I learned about the tragic disappearance of Natalie Holloway on Nancy Grace's show. She was relentless in her broadcast as parents all over the country became enamored with every breaking development. It was very relevant to me at the time, as I was a young vacationer outside the U.S. border. I could easily count how many girls on the trip with me continuously put themselves at risk for this sort of thing to happen. Only one was raped, but she did make it home OK.

It’s a harsh truth about the world we live in. Kidnappings, rape and murder happen in every city at almost any given moment. For anyone just tuning in, this is nothing new, and it doesn't only happen to beautiful, young white girls. I have to ask the question: How much of this belongs on a national podium? Furthermore, are we encouraging violent behavior by exploiting it? We’d like to believe we are helping the victims.

Nancy Grace makes a living by shoveling only the most heart-tugging stories out to the public. Her show exhibits not one, but two scrolling banners and flashy gadgets; almost everything is followed by points of exclamation and stories that are guaranteed to appeal to the mainstream. Somewhere along the line, it becomes more about ratings and less about advocacy. That is the greatest tragedy of all.

So what’s more sick; the fact that these crimes happen, or the fact that she relies on them for a paycheck? She takes the news, probes into it, speculates from it, and turns it into a platform for debate. What about compassion? What about ethics and pandering to lurid curiosity?

I believe she has confused herself. She is a law graduate, and in a courtroom trying these cases is where she belongs. The murder of her fiancé helped guide her to the path she treads, but she’s treading on the blood of others. I see no John Walsh here, a man who dedicated himself to solving like mysteries. I see Nancy Dis-Grace, a hound seeking ratings instead of truth.

Personally, I hope she has helped even just one victim, but I think she should spend more time offering facts and resources (at least her Web site is somewhat resourceful) instead of blowing smoke in the eyes of viewers.

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