July 9, 2011

WWH – An open letter to Nancy Grace.

By Diana May Waldman

Dear Nancy,

You are truly grinding on my very last nerve. You’ve always gotten on my nerves, but as of lately, I can no longer bear to hear your voice. When I think about you my brain conjures up words like, “yellow journalism” and “sensationalist” and of course, “scandal monger.”

The mere tone of your voice screams dominatrix. Hey, and that’s okay. Whatever floats your boat. But, it goes beyond being a crusader, as you have self titled yourself. In my opinion, you more resemble a fire breathing dragon of bullshit.

Would I want to sit down for a cup of coffee with you? No.
Would I want to high five you and say, “Hey, girlfriend!” No.
Do I think you are true advocate for the missing?” No.

I mean, I believe you may have started out that way. But, somewhere along the lines, the glitz, the glamour of it all, the chinking of change filling up your money jar, got in the way. You fell from GRACE.

That couldn’t have become any clearer to me than during your coverage of the Casey Anthony trial.

Being a former prosecutor gives you the right to an opinion, but it never gave you the right to become judge and jury. And an opinion is not the law. Nor is a hunch. While people stayed riveted to the trial of Casey Anthony–the young mother accused of killing her daughter–they formed an opinion. People talked about it and listened for the evidence. But, see, most of us are ordinary people. We don’t have a television show. We can’t warp the minds of people or strong arm them into our way of thinking. You can and you have.

You tried Casey Anthony a long time ago and your verdict was a guilty one. Now, I am not saying that I don’t think Casey was guilty. It’s just I wanted the facts. I wanted to figure out if she was guilty or innocent from my head and not my heart. Everyone wants justice for a baby that died and was discarded like trash. I can’t say with 100% certainty that Caylee Anthony was murdered, because I don’t know. Did the evidence show me that? No. I wish I could say yes, but I still don’t know if she was murdered or killed by accident. But, you seem to have those answers.

See, I think you muddied the waters here. I think you took it too far. You were part of a careless smear campaign that created so much attention to the situation that a jury had to be selected elsewhere. You couldn’t just stick with the facts. You had already brainwashed people into believing that Casey Anthony was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

When Casey was found not guilty, you painted a gruesome picture for your audience, speaking in that scary story voice of yours, relaying the details of Caylee’s death. Frankly, it was a really creepy bedtime story and you ended it with nostrils flaring and stating, “The Devil is Dancing tonight!” Damn, I just about pissed my pants. I sure as hell hope you didn’t tell that bedtime story to the twins last night. You were on the brink of riling people to the level of vigilante justice.

See, I still haven’t forgiven you for your statements following the suicide of 21-year-old Melinda Duckett. Remember when you interviewed her? You lured her to your show and then…BAM! You do remember, Melinda, right? She was the mother of a missing 2-year-old, Trenton. You peppered her in prosecutor style. You pummeled her with accusing questions and she couldn’t even speak. When Melinda told you that she could not answer specific questions because she was told not to, you replied, “Ms. Duckett, you are not telling us for a reason. What is the reason? You refuse to give even the simplest facts of where you were with your son before he went missing. It is day twelve.”

The very next day Melinda shot herself. Do I think you were responsible for her death. No, I don’t. Do I think Melinda was responsible for the disappearance of her son? I don’t know. Now we might never know. At the time of her appearance on your show, police stated that she was NOT a suspect at the time. My point being, you blew it.

And you made no apologies for it. You simply stated, “If anything, I would suggest that guilt made her commit suicide. To suggest that a 15- or 20-minute interview can cause someone to commit suicide is focusing on the wrong thing.”

You convicted her even after she was dead and went on to say, “I do not feel that our show is to blame for what happened to Melinda Duckett. The truth is not always nice or polite or easy to go down. Sometimes it’s harsh, and it hurts.”

You reached a settlement of $200,000 to create a trust fund for Trenton. Trenton has never been found.

I’ve also not forgiven you for what you attempted to pull during the Elizabeth Smart case. Remember Richard Ricci? He was the guy who was arrested because he worked at the Smart’s home and because he had a criminal background. You repeatedly stated that he was GUILTY. Even went as far as to say his girlfriend was involved in the cover up. You were still openly accusing him, even when he later DIED in custody. How horrible you must have felt when it was later revealed that Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee kidnapped her and Ricci was an innocent man.

When asked if you felt sorry that you accused Ricci you responded by saying,” Ricci was “a known ex-con, a known felon, and brought suspicion on himself, so who could blame anyone for claiming he was the perpetrator?”

Shame on you, Nancy.

I don’t like you, Nancy. And I don’t believe you are a crusader or an advocate for victims rights. You are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. You’re a fraud, a fake and a phony. You’re a sensationalist and a judgmental bitch who has never been held accountable for her mistakes. Over 2300 people are reported missing every single day. Think of all the time you have spent spewing out all your hateful and judgmental bullshit that could have been used to make people aware of the faces and FACTS regarding those who are still missing. Think of all the hundreds of times you said, “TOT MOM” when you could having been saying, “Brian Sullivan, Derrick Hennigan, Tyler Thomas, Brittnee Drexel, Tabitha Franklin, and the names of thousands of others who are missing. Think of all the times you could have reminded your audience of Monica Caison and the C.U.E. Center and help fund REAL searchers. People who are out there searching instead of spewing hatred.

You suck, Nancy. I find you guilty of brainwashing propaganda. I find you guilty of bullying and character assassination. I find you guilty of evoking fear into people and doing it in the name of your Christian God.

You got lost in the money jar. So, say good night, Gracie. Pack it up, shut up and go home and stop exploiting people for your OWN cause.

Diana May-Waldman- Bureau Editor for Worldwide Hippies in Rochester NY. Diana is the author of A Woman’s Song. Her poetry in this book deals with the struggles facing all women and the many facets of being a woman in the world today. She is a strong women’s and children’s advocate. A true example of the Hippie movements continuing growth and sprit. Diana’s activism is an inspiration to many.

It is my honor to have Diana as my “girlfriend” whom I would love to have coffee with.  Thank you Diana for being the voice of reason and for so many advocates who are truly in the field advocating and working to make a difference.  Your work, words and advocacy is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully submitted via Worldwide Hippies and Diana May-Walman, Bureau Editor

Take care and STAY SAFE!

  1. July 9, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    I agree to many people in this world all that they care about is judging another person automatically, where is the motto treat people the way you want to be treated, I for one was very happy for casey, im glad that she didnt hurt /kill or accidently hurt her precious lil girl, but one day my friends one day the truth will come out we all must just be strong til then . and have courage and this i say to all of the victims/survivors of any form of domestic abuse . even i must be strong and the one who i care so much about that person too i want to stay safe and protected and strong as well.

  2. michellefrommadison
    July 9, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    HLN to cutback airtime on Nancy Grace, JVM, VP, to help with costs of upcoming CMA lawsuits. HLN is scrambling now that Casey Anthony was found not guilty on all charges except for the lie-charges and HLN is expected to lose millions of dollars in lawsuits against themselves and in the loss of advertising dollars since they were proven to be so very wrong on their reporting on the Casey/Caylee Anthony charges from back in 2008 through today. Wrong on all counts by HLN by all of their reporters for years and years, doesn’t get any worse for a network than that. Perhaps HLN should now consider reporting unbiased and more fair and balanced for a change. Time for Nancy and Jane to return to rehab and Vinnie to get some training on journalism101.

  3. July 9, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    A + write IMO.

  4. July 9, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    One of the best and hard hitting (and well deserved at that) pieces I’ve read on Nancy Grace, the media, and what this whole thing has become.

    Thank you.

  5. July 13, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    Nancy is one of the reasons I no longer have extended cable. She was a true Advocate in the former days of Court TV but now….. I can’t tolerate those Hollywood extra TV tabloid shows for more than 10 seconds either. You would think that having twin babies would soften a person’s disposition… Why does one put your character and your former profession on the line? What makes these celebrities cross the line into sensationalism?
    Money, fame and ratings? Well, that’s one hell of a bedtime story to tell your kids!
    Should anyone care to read my former blog and interaction with Nancy (before she went off the deep end to junk journalism), “Lady Justice, Nancy Grace and Me’ January 2011” go to :
    Thanks for your vigilance, Amy!


  6. michellefrommadison
    July 13, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Court found Casey Anthony not guilty of any crime except lying. Simple as that. If anyone thinks otherwise, they need to get some mental-help imo because they may have been brainwashed by CNN by their incorrect reporting.

  7. Sara
    July 22, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    If I could find you, I’d track you down and give you a big hug. Nancy “dis”Grace’s unethical behavior goes even deeper than those you mention and I’m sure with some digging we’d find her path of destruction is far and wide. She speaks with a forked tongue and should never be considered a fair and unbiased reporter.

    Even further back in her spewing of lies is the character assassination of Michael Jackson. One must remember that he too was found not guilty and yet 6 years later his family, friends, and attorneys are still trying to set the record straight that the trial was the outcome of a conspiracy to destroy Michael. All the while Nancy G and her group continue to use him as an example of immoral behavior. The only thing immoral is that Nancy refuses to see facts for what they are. The Department for Child Welfare has made a public statement saying they found no evidence to support the claims against Michael. The FBI investigated Michael for 12 years (at the request of Sneddon and his group) and they found no proof of wrong doing. Sneddon was caught planting evidence to try and convict Michael. Yet, we don’t hear the truth from Nancy Grace. She deliberately leaves out any bit of fact that could undermine her belief.

    As far as Casey – While I don’t know if she’s innocent or not it’s not my place to play God. The jury did their job. But, it won’t matter because Casey and her family will be living in a hell all their own for the rest of their lives – regardless of whether she is innocent. At this moment the lawyers and their families are receiving death threats. Nobody is safe and all the while Nancy’s form of journalism is like dripping blood into the shark infested water all the while batting her eyes as though she’s defending the helpless.

    It is beyond me why she is allowed to stay on the air. I’m with the person above – I turned off my cable because of her and people like her. It’s my hope that with the crumbling of the Murdoch empire the after shocks will create another fall all it’s own for people like Grace, Dimond, Bashir, etc.

  8. August 2, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    I couldn’t agree more and I, like probably many of your readers, can’t thank you enough for this piece. The lemmings of HLN, CNN and whatever news channels that continually hounds Casey, may they find a life rather than sitting in front of the hate monitor.

    I pray that Casey finds peace somewhere….

    My hopes is that the blood channel pulls Nancy Disgrace off their schedule. She is the apex of antipathy.

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