Has Nancy Grace stepped over the line one too many times? Alex Jones thinks so and in an July 10, 2011, article at InfoWars.com, reporter Adan Salazar argues that Nancy Grace is at least partially responsible for the suicide of a Minnesota mom.
In November of 2011, Toni Medrano, 29-years old and the mother of 5, allegedly drank a bottle of vodka and passed out on the sofa with her 3-week old baby boy. When she woke the next morning she was horrified to learn she’d rolled over on the baby during the night and the child had suffocated.
This is the stuff nightmares are made of. No mother intentionally sets out to smother her own child and, as you can imagine, Ms. Medrano was utterly devastated.
However, as horrible as it seems, incidents like this happen all the time. Children are left in hot cars with the windows all rolled up. They accidentally roll of the bed or wander away from home. The parent turns their head for literally a split second and someone snatches the child. You hear about it on the news every day and you can point fingers all you want, but every parent, deep down inside, says to themselves, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”
But not Nancy Grace. Nancy Grace has no room in her heart for a mother who made a mistake.
During her news segment on CNN, just one month after the tragic accident, she called for murder one charges to be brought against Ms. Medrano as she cracked open a bottle of vodka and began pouring drinks to highlight just how much alcohol Medrano had allegedly consumed.
And she didn’t stop there. According to InfoWars:
Overlooking the obvious, Grace pursues slanderous questions like “Did Mommy booze it up and kill her baby?” The answer to that is an obvious yes. The question should have been, “Did mommy intentionally kill her baby?” but I guess that would not have made for an entertaining segment.
Grace goes on to pick out things in Medrano’s life that paint her as a bad person; a weekend of drinking prior to the death of the baby and a couple of DUI’s from two years ago. All the while, Grace is pouring vodka and acting dumbfounded that Medrano wasn’t charged with murder in the first degree.
If anyone should know why murder one charges hadn’t been brought against Medrano it’s Nancy Grace. As a former prosecutor and the host of “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace” she obviously knows that the only way murder one charges can be brought is if there’s evidence to indicate that the death was premeditated. However, it does make her report all the more exciting with her standing there screeching, “Murder one! Murder one!”
Medrano, who was understandably already mentally traumatized by the death of her child, was even more devastated when she saw the vicious televised attack by Nancy Grace and in the early morning hours of July 2, 2012, she doused herself with a flammable liquid and set herself on fire., dying shortly thereafter in the hospital.
By all accounts, there is no evidence to suggest that Medrano set out to murder her child that morning and experts are merely guessing at how much alcohol she consumed. She was already facing two counts of second-degree manslaughter and knew she’d be facing a prison sentence if convicted. Yet Grace felt it necessary to degrade this woman even further, on the air in front of millions of viewers.
According to an article at Daily Mail, after CNN aired Grace’s report Medrano became the subject of condemnation on blogs and social networking sites. And when the pressure became too much to bear, she committed suicide.
Is it Nancy Grace’s fault that Medrano drank herself into a stupor that night? No, it’s not. Is it Nancy Grace’s fault that Medrano rolled over and suffocated her child? Again, no, it’s not.
Is it Nancy Grace’s fault that Medrano killed herself? Her family and friends believe that Grace was at least partially responsible. And bloggers and their followers around the world seem to agree. Should CNN have a share of the blame, too? Absolutely.
There’s a big difference between reporting the news and airing pure sensationalism just to attract viewers. Reliable, reputable news reporting means you present just the facts, ma’am, and let the viewers form their own opinions.
Of course, sensationalism attracts a much larger audience. It’s a train wreck and everybody wants to see the blood and guts. Before all the media started fighting over eyeballs we used to be warned ahead of time that what we were about to see was an editorial and the station didn’t necessarily endorse the viewpoint.
But now, obviously, at least where CNN is involved, anything goes. The “news” doesn’t have to be the truth, it doesn’t even have to come close to the truth. It just has to have plenty of gore to get people to stop what they’re doing and watch, even if it’s only for a couple of minutes.
But “a couple of minutes” was all it took to put an end to Toni Medrano’s life. “There, but for the grace of God…”
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