There is no doubt that the nation is focused on the death and disposal of Caylee Anthony, the young daughter of Casey Anthony and the granddaughter of Cindy and George Anthony.
TruTV has dedicated its daytime viewing to the Casey Anthony trial – in addition, Nancy Grace has covered almost nothing else – except her daily one minute segment to a fallen hero and a daily short video showing some of her cult-like followers.
In addition, MSNBC, Dr. Drew, Joy Behar, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and others have spent significant coverage on the trial as well.
The White House, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Ft. Calhoun & Cooper Nuclear Power Plant in Nebraska and the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico must be tickled pink that the trial is keeping attention away from nuclear energy and its potential disasters.
For several days in March, Nancy Grace had all of America sitting at the edge of their seats deeply concerned with potential nuclear fallout from Japan being carried across the Pacific Ocean to our shores. Every night for almost a week Nancy accused the Japanese Government of covering up the disaster and that someone should force them to tell the world the truth about the potential health hazards to America.
It must have been a slow week for exposes about murder, kidnapping, abductions, and missing and exploited children because Nancy Grace could not tone down her rhetoric. During her coverage, Nancy elevated the disaster in Japan to the status of a child abduction and then she stopped covering the disaster almost on a dime. Why?
Did our government intervene and insist she shift her focus from Japan to something else like a murder or a missing college student? Did her advertisers who peddle their products in Japan force CNN to tone Nancy down?
There is no doubt that the nuclear disaster in Japan was devastating as well as dangerous to both the people of Japan and the world in general, but I find Nancy Grace’s passion about the disaster disingenuous because the continental United States is experiencing potentially three nuclear disasters and we are not hearing as much as a peep out of Nancy Grace.
In my estimation, Nancy is consumed with maximizing viewer ship – i.e. she will do anything and say almost anything to sensationalize every segment of her show – be it an abduction, a murder, a kidnapping, a rape, or even a disaster like the one that occurred in Japan.
The death of Caylee is a tragedy and the actions of her mother immediately after her death has pulled on everyone’s emotional strings and everyone wants just done but this trial needs to be tempered with the public being informed of significant local, national, and world events – especially of some of those events could cause death or significant health issues.
There is a national media lockdown on these three potential disasters – two in Nebraska and one in New Mexico. The sites of these three events are about as different as night and day – two are nuclear power plants and the other is one of our nations leading laboratory that produces nuclear weapons. The power plants in Nebraska are being ravaged by flooding and the weapons laboratory is in danger of being consumed by an out of control fire.
The fire and its potential damage are so serious that the town of Los Alamos, with a population of 10,000 and the laboratory, with a population of 12,000, have been evacuated. In one corner of this laboratory are 20,000 55-gallon sealed drums of plutonium-tainted waste.
Nebraska actually has two nuclear facilities suffering from flooding and they both are in danger of requiring a shut down, which in both cases could contribute to meltdowns.
No company or agency wants negative publicity and the nuclear industry is no exception. I am sure there are lobbyists for the nuclear industry working frantically to tone down all coverage of these three potential disasters.
Regardless of negative publicity, I feel the media needs to keep all Americans informed as to any and all potential disasters.
We should be kept informed whether or not a major murder trial is in the news.
I sympathize with the Anthony’s – all of them – but I also want the appropriate amount of media coverage be given to nuclear events that could develop into disasters.
Please click on “When Reporters Attack” to view the John Stewart segment that shows how utterly riduculous Nancy Grace is to individuals with a better understanding of a subject than her.