News Media Coverage of Casey Anthony Case Assailed


After Casey Anthony’s acquittal in Orlando of charges she murdered her daughter, Caylee, defense attorney Cheney Mason blasted media coverage, says USA Today. “Well, I hope that this is a lesson to those of you having indulged in media assassination for three years — bias, prejudice and incompetent talking heads,” Mason said. “I’m disgusted by some of the lawyers who have done this, and I can tell you that my colleagues from coast to coast and border to border have condemned this whole process of lawyers getting on television and talking about cases that they don’t know a damn thing about.”

The media focus wasn’t so great as during some other sensational trials of the past, such as the one that acquitted O.J. Simpson of murder, but cable TV news used the case for what its managers most want to achieve — ratings — said Judy Muller of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication. That the jury came to a different verdict from some commentators is unlikely to cause soul-searching among news media outlets that promoted the trial, she said. “Nobody’s going to do any soul searching when you have these ratings,” said Muller, who covered the Simpson trial. Anthony is to be sentenced tomorrow for lying to investigators.

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