Nancy Grace - 'if you ignore something long enough...
... it will probably go away.' It aint that easy, Blondestuff.
Nancy Grace, former prosecutor and host of CNN's throughly unwatchable law & order/gossip show, had been particularly vitriolic in her support of Crystal Gail Mangum, the never-was-a-victim in the Duke rape case. Her presumption of guilt was evident in her first reports about the case. She turned attacking the 'white, privileged' Dukies into a personal crusade.
I won't provide quotes. I'll leave that to a better blogger. KC Johnson owns her here. (Im in ur showz, spunkin ur lies).
As Nifong's brittle case began to crumble, I noticed her reports because became less and less frequent. Hmmm. I decided to do a little documenting of the curiously absent Ms. Grace.
Here are the most significant events that have happened in the case over the last few months and how Graceless covered it based on CNN transcripts:
Dec. 15 - Director of a DNA lab testifies that, in an agreement with Nifong, he omitted from a report that genetic material from several men - none of them team members - was found in accuser's underwear and body. Nancy Grace ignores the story. Devotes almost an entire hour to the case of a man who put his son in a clothes dryer as punishment.
Dec. 22 - Nifong drops the rape charges, saying the woman is no longer certain whether she was penetrated. The players still face charges of kidnapping and sexual offense. Story receives extensive coverage. Nancy overwhelmed by nail polish fumes at pedicurist. Calls in sick. Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts.
Dec. 28 - North Carolina bar files ethics charges against Nifong, accusing him of making misleading and inflammatory comments to the media about the athletes. (He is also later accused of withholding evidence and lying to the court.) Nancy shows up, but ignores the story. Her coverage is devoted to the father of Anna Nicole's baby.
Jan. 3, 2007 - Duke invites Seligmann and Finnerty to return to school. (They have not returned.) The accuser gives birth. Both sides later say she was not impregnated at the party. Nancy shows up, ignores stories.
Jan. 12 & 13 - Nifong asks to withdraw from case because of ethics charges. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper takes over the case. Nancy shows up, ignores story. It does get mentioned by the anchor who did the mid-show news report. I thought this story was so important, I also checked the following show, Jan. 15, only to learn, she again ignored the story.
April 11 - Cooper drops all charges, accusing Nifong of overreaching. Nancy has brazilian wax appointment. Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts.