Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I had zero interest in the Casey Anthony trial. Granted, it was a horrible story, and my heart broke for the young victim. HLN'S Nancy Grace makes my skin crawl, and that was one of the big reasons for avoiding trial coverage. I did see some of the post-acquittal coverage, and no one, NO ONE, got it right. It comes down to these two things, and you've heard me say them before. First, it's a court of law, not a court of justice. Second, a trial is not a search for the truth. It's a judgement of evidence. The lack of respect for the jury system exhibited by alleged legal experts was sickening. Was Anthony guilty? Likely. Did the prosecution prove it beyond a reasonable doubt? No. Case closed.
CNN is reshuffling its line up again. Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer is out at 8 PM. Anderson Cooper, someone I just don't get, is the new 8 PM guy. Cooper's 8 PM show will be rebroadcast at 10 PM. CNN promises updates in case of breaking news. Still, the fact a major cable news network will have a taped "news" show at 10 PM is cause for concern. Has CNN given up on the time period? There is a place for Eliot Spitzer somewhere in the business, but as a commentator and expert-- not a show host.
James Spader has signed on to be a regular on "The Office." A great actor will be wasted in a dreadfully unfunny sitcom.
I'm sorry I missed Al Michaels and Bob Costas doing a baseball game together on the MLB Network. Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver made an excellent team on ABC in the 80's and 90's.
Vin Scully's long career as a major league baseball broadcaster is drawing to a close. There's a move afoot to give him some innings during the FOX World Series coverage this fall. Lead FOX broadcaster Joe Buck is on board with the plan, and I think it's a great idea. Scully was never my cup of tea. I always thought he was too wordy and unwilling to share the microphone. Still, he's had an amazing career and deserves a little more time on the national stage.
Harry Smith is leaving CBS after 25 years. He's heading to NBC to work on a new prime time news magazine. I assume there will also be assignments on MSNBC. I've always been a huge Harry Smith fan, and he's an under rated journalist. Hiring him is a great move for NBC.
Newswatch 16 is now in HD. That topic will get a blog of its own one of these days.
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