Why this trial?

It’s Saturday morning.  I’m trying to faithfully do my morning stretch so I turn on Fox, only to find that even on Saturday, it’s all Casey Anthony all the time.  Legal experts of all kinds are endlessly discussing a murder trial with tearful witnesses, gory pictures, and salacious inferences about the accused.  All this is interspersed with cute pictures of a 2-year-old prior to her demise.  I know that people are watching because networks don’t show stuff that people don’t watch – it’s is all about the Benjamins.  The question is, “Why?”  Or maybe a better question is , “Why this one?”  In our country there are about 600 kids under 5 murdered every year.  Over half are killed by a parent.  What is it about this one that makes it fodder for a national reality show?  Could it be that the victim and the accused are white?  Most murdered kids are not.  How about the implications of sexual misconduct?  Sleaze sells.  I don’t really know, but I do know this: it is not a national passion for justice for the child.  If it were, there would be similar outrage for every little baby who dies at the hands of those who are supposed to protect them.  That would deserve our attention.  This is just Jerry Springer with a byline.  Maybe I will tune back in when someone does a show on, “How does stuff like this happen and what can you do to stop it?”

Just a thought

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