Sunday Night Open Thread
Who will win Celebrity Apprentice, Marlee Matlin or John Rich? I'm looking forward to finding out. What I could do without: More of Neme, the desperate housewife from some city or another.
The New York Times takes a well-deserved swipe at Nancy Grace and her brand of TV injustice and rush to guilt.
Ms. Grace, a former prosecutor in Atlanta who was reprimanded for stepping over a line more than once, obliterates lines every night on “Nancy Grace.” Working with a contingent of experts who have all the independence of a crew of trained seals, Ms. Grace races toward judgment, heedlessly ignoring nuance and evidence on her way to finding guilt.
Ms. Grace knows what she knows with a great deal of certainty, but she was wrong about the now debunked rape charges against the Duke lacrosse team, she was wrong about who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart. She taped a corrosive interview in 2006 with Melinda Duckett, whose 2-year-old son had gone missing, and Ms. Duckett killed herself the next day. Ms. Grace broadcast the interview anyway.
Her audience is down to 583,000 from the 943,000 it was 2 years ago, and her network has taken away her night-time re-run show.
Unfortunately, she's not the only guilt-monger on the airwaves. As the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case shows, guilt still sells big-time in America, innocence not so much.
Update: What did Trump do differently this year? Right before he announced the winner he said he was going to do something a little different and then he just named the winner like he always does. Very odd. (Answer: reading around it seems like he usually fires the runner up before naming the winner. He didn't fire anyone tonight.)
This is an open thread, all topics welcome.
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