Sunday, July 17, 2011

CNN: commentator compares Casey Anthony's situation to witness protection; also, a silly commercial

For my TV news coverage, I have a couple small items this Sunday morning, one serious and one trivial.

Yesterday, a female forensic psychologist spoke on CNN and advised Casey Anthony, the notorious defendant recently acquitted in Florida because a jury could not find enough hard physical evidence beyond the circumstantial, to spend the rest of her life in a “very low profile.”  (CNN lawyer Jeffrey Toobin had said she should live in "obscurity".)  She would have to “watch her back”.  Have we as a culture deteriorated to the point that we cannot count on law and order and give in to bullies?  This did not sound appropriate to me to be on CNN.  I've had people tell me to stay in hiding and keep a low profile in the past because I am gay.  This is a dangerous idea. 

ABC Nightline (on July 18) even suggested that she get plastic surgery to make herself unrecognizable.

There is a good question, as to whether book publishers or independent film or cable television producers will want to "buy" her story. 

The CNN psychologist compared Anthony’s situation to that of someone in a federal witness protection program.  In fact, Lifetime has sometimes aired a very disturbing (made-in-Canada) film “Family in Hiding” ( (2006, Lifetime / Insight, dir. Timothy Bond), with Brenda Strong, who plays a business executive and single mother who witnesses a mob hit and is whisked away into witness protection, her life destroyed as well as that of her kids.  It was a shocking film, which I watched about three years ago.

It's true that the law could be changed to require parents to report missing or abused children sooner, and avoid this kind of result. But remember that in some states, "ambitious" prosecutors have gone after parents or caregivers and solicited testimony from minor children. 

Yesterday, CNN aired a really silly commercial from “Micro Touch”, which showed an attractive young man using this special razor or “men’s groomer” (ordered from some 1-800 number) to shave his own arms (like he was about to go on a [destructive] “mission”), and a wife or girl friend shaving his chest, on camera.  This was bizarre.  And, jeepers, consider the "humiliation" actors go through as part of their "job".

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