It doesn’t get any lower than this. Well, given the defense team, it could get much lower. I’m referring to the 48 Hours CBS show that is scheduled to air Saturday.
Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel, got the inside scoop and wrote about the show today. The show, he said, used mock jurors and presented them with who knows what information, and this mock group agrees to acquit Casey Anthony. Yes, acquit her!
If that is not pure propaganda, I don’t know what is.
The only way this mock group could vote to acquit is if they did not hear both sides of the story, the evidence that points in one direction only – and it’s not towards acquittal.
This is total distortion and the airing of this PROPAGANDA is clearly for purposes that are salacious and dishonest. The defense, says Hal, is not involved with the mock jury, but they are aware of the results.
By using this mock jury, CBS is making a mockery of the justice system in the United States. It’s just wrong on so many levels!
In Hal’s story (story link), he spoke with a representative from the venerable Poynter Institute and got their take on the situation. The Poynter Institute is a revered journalism organization – you don’t get any better than Poynter for research, teaching, and learning about journalism.
In Hal’s article, there is a statement by Al Tompkins, an instructor at Poynter, in which he calls the situation and the upcoming 48 Hours show, “Shameful.” He goes on to say:
We have a system in the United States that works pretty well. It’s a system of discovery, of hearings, of cross examinations, and it’s worked pretty darn well for a long time. We have no business trying this case.
Tompkins went on to say:
When do we finally allow the court system to work? If we believe there’s a miscarriage of justice, let’s expose it. We can allow the jury to hear a case and adjudicate it before we turn it into a drama.
I do hope that Judge Perry weighs in on this situation and puts it in the record on Friday. I tend to think he will.
When all is said and done, the defense still has no case despite the fairy tale they want to put out to a Florida jury. They have no case. Period. End of story.
Here’s the information to lodge your concerns to CBS and one of their sponsors:
Leave your criticism and comments here:
This is the link to the CBS blog relating to the show, it is flooded with comments.
This is the facebook page linking to the only sponsor revealed for the show so far, Breathe Right: