Nancy Grace Fires Back At Her Critics
In B&C interview, HLN host says "I really didn't get into this job to win Miss Congeniality."
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/7/2011 5:47:11 PM
But HLN isn't backing down, programming a full 25 hours of Grace programming this weekend (much of it repeats). And Grace isn't backing down either, dismissing her critics and bristling at questions about how the case has skyrocketed HLN's ratings.
With the sentencing now over and Anthony set to be freed in coming weeks, Grace talked via phone Thursday with B&C's Andrea Morabito. Following is an edited transcript of that conversation.
Are you comfortable being the media figurehead of this trial?
I don't really see it that way. It's not about me or any other media related person. It's all about Caylee, and there's been a huge miscarriage of justice.
How do you think you handled the verdict on air - you happy with your performance?
I don't really think of it as a performance. It was genuine shock, it was really stunned disbelief. I could hardly even take it in. Even now I know that it happened, I know there's a not guilty, I know tot mom's gonna walk next week, but it still seems a little surreal with such strong evidence indicating guilt, that a jury could do this.
Do you think the coverage of you has been fair?
I really have not been focusing on coverage about me in the media. It's been taking every ounce of energy I've got to literally start at 5 o'clock in the morning and continue on to 10 or 11 o'clock at night and take care of my twins too. What other media or pundits or defense lawyers are saying about me, that's not factored into my equation. I really didn't get into this job to win Miss Congeniality, that's what I'm about. Never fund your criticism or hate talk or slurs about yourself. What's more disturbing is to think that it might be on the Internet for my children to read one day. But if I listened to that, I probably couldn't get out of bed in the morning. If I want to stay true to my mission, what I'm about I really cannot entertain all the negativity. Look, here's the deal: Tot Mom's guilty, and everybody knows it except those 12 jurors. So the fact that I said it, I just don't understand why that's causing such an uproar.
A Detroit Free Press columnist said Casey Anthony's murder acquittal wouldn't have been possible without you, arguing that the publicity you drove to the case allowed her to have a stellar defense team that she might not otherwise have been able to afford. How do you respond to that?
That's completely nonsensical.
A Fox News legal analyst called you "The Revenge Host" and said your brand of reporting has no place in society. Salon called you "self-obsessed" and said you believe your interpretation of events trumps everyone else's.
I suggest if they don't like my coverage then don't watch it.
What has this trial meant to your career?
This trial is not about my career. This trial is about a two-year-old little girl that was murdered and her body thrown out in swampy woods to rot. It's about the person that should love her the most doing that to her. That's what the trial's about. It's not about my career. I do not have ratings incentives in my contract; I don't have any incentives in my contract. I am a crime victim myself and my goal is to focus on missing children, missing people and unsolved homicides. And if someone thinks that there is no place for me in our society with that type of show, then I believe they're very, very wrong.
Have you been speaking with Scot Safon or anyone else at the network about the ratings this week?
I have not been speaking to anyone about the ratings this week.
Have they said anything to you about your coverage and how they think you are doing?
Well of course, of course HLN is always happy when we have ratings bumps. And I'm very curious that you'd be asking questions like that. When Libya, Egypt, tsunami, Bin Laden was covered, and elections, and ratings bump up for other networks, they're not held or asked questions about it the way you're asking me, so I find that very unusual.
Well this has been a big moment for your network, putting you guys in the spotlight.
Well, I'm sure they'd be happy to talk to you about what their thoughts are.
Nancy Grace wasn't on trail, Nancy Grace did not hurt Caylee, go out partying and not report her death to authorities. Nancy is a mother of babies she actually loves as Casey should have loved and cared for Caylee. Why then is Nancy being beaten up over the show? She said facts and not one bit was untrue, Yes there were personally feelings talked about and how she felt but it's free speech last I checked and it was no different then facebook chats over the case or other shows like Dr. Drew, Geraldo, TMZ, or any other them. Just because Nancy is no nonsense and is a bit more fiery doesn't mean she is some kind of bad person for doing her show. It's a show about facts and things that need to be addressed! Leave her alone!!!!
Kelly - 7/12/2011 1:01:53 PM EDT
audioenhanced - 7/12/2011 11:44:44 AM EDT
If it bleeds it leads.... good job handling these ridiculous questions Ms. Grace. It is the public's undying appetite for these types of stories that fuel the ratings .... nothing more. Congratulations on saying publicly what everyone else knows.... that our justice system is a joke.
James Patick - 7/8/2011 6:10:25 PM EDT
It seems some people always need a punching bag. Don't let them bully you around. Once a bully always a bully.
Hold your head high. The verdict is a huge disappointment. She will mess up again somehow and wind up in jail again.
Marla Brown - 7/8/2011 5:28:29 PM EDT
Brother. These comments are way over the top. She has a current events crime-show that brings attention to missing victims. We live in a mass media world, nothing on that show people aren't reading about in magazines, newspapers, blogs, facebook, twitter, and seeing on other shows. Anyone who watches knows what they're in for. Why not reserve the "evil" judgment for the real evil doers of the world. And yes, I'll call evil evil, just like Nancy does. Enough with the hypersensitive pc already.
jerri mccoy - 7/8/2011 5:17:04 PM EDT
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