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Thursday
Jan052012

Casey Anthony's Disturbingly Vapid Video Diary

 

REVIEWING THE NEWS:  Casey Anthony video blog debuts, and it’s a shocker… in that it’s so booooring.

 

By Robbie Woliver

A still image from disturbed Casey Anthony's unsettlingly ho-hum video-diary debut. 

 

In a stunning, just-released, almost  four-and-a-half-minute video diary, Casey Anthony, who many believe murdered her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, provides a psycho performance that is more exceptional for its mundaneness than for providing any real insight. To the majority of the blood-lustful public, Anthony, now sporting a short blonde bob and glasses, represents the worst miscarriage of justice in history, after she was found “not guilty” after a six-week sensational trial. While many believe the evidence was overwhelming that she was guilty, the trial,  if nothing else, proved that she was a sociopathic liar at best, and most likely a murderer.  

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I have written a book about childhood mental disorders (Alphabet Kids) and have also co-written the memoir of attempted murderess Amy Fisher (If I Knew Then...), so I have insight into how a sociopath thinks, and Anthony is a prime example of the cluelessness associated with pathological mental illness. Anthony, according to polls, is “the most hated person in America” (wow, that takes a lot), so the thought that she would even put together a video blog is astounding. The banality of Anthony’s diary is really what's most frightening.

“I have something that is finally mine,” she says about her computer, seemingly forgetting she once had a beautiful daughter. “I hate being on camera,” the 25-year-old whines in that slacker-ish monotone of her generation. I seem to recall that she sure liked being on camera when it was a hot-body contest or she was showing off another boyfriend. At no time does Anthony make mention of her daughter Caylee, who was first reported missing in July 2008 and whose decomposed body was found five months later. She doesn’t discuss her thousand days in jail, nor the “trial of the century.”

The diary itself is meandering and incredibly insipid. She doesn’t once defend herself or try to mitigate the palpable hatred for her. We learned at the trial that she’s a pathological liar, so maybe the fact that she vapidly discusses... nothing is actually good, because it doesn’t waste her time. This blog, supposedly filmed in October 2011, is all about her petty interests (filming her diary), and that’s the Casey Anthony we have grown to know and despise. She warns that this might be the first of others. So far, it’s not even train-wreck pop culture. It’s Abnormal Psych 101. 

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Cannot wait to watch Nancy Grace tonight. 

CASEY ANTHONY VIDEO DIARY RATING: 1/10

PSYCHO RATING: 10/10

BEATING OUT KIM KARDASHIAN, DICK CHENEY, O.J. AND ANN COULTER AS THE MOST HATED PERSON IN AMERICA RATING: You are really despised, girl/10

THE MOST WASTED TIME OF YOUR LIFE RATING: 4 Minutes 20 Seconds/4 Minutes 20 Seconds

REMEMBERING CAYLEE RATING: www.justiceforcaylee.com/10 

 

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Tuesday
Nov152011

VIDEO: Bob Costas Scores Small Victory for Victims and Journalism with Sandusky Grilling 

REVIEWING THE NEWS: Some of the content in Bob Costas' Rock Center interview with accused ex-Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky was shocking, but Costas' unblinking cross-examination wasn't. (VIDEO)

By Kenny Herzog

Costas has always been good, but never under such significant and complex circumstances.

 

It's almost impossible to fathom why disgraced former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky and his attorney, Joseph Amendola, conceded to an interview with Bob Costas on last night's Rock Center. Or why Amendola didn't muzzle his blithering client halfway through the unsettling, self-indicting discussion.

Maybe it's because they were able to conduct it over the phone, thereby stripping Costas of the chance to interrogate his subject while looking him in the eye. Or perhaps Amendola figured that, if America finally heard about these allegations from the lone implicated adult, it could give him a head start on discrediting the then-underage children whom Sandusky purportedly sodomized.

It's also likely that Amendola underestimated Costas, whose career has generally remained within the boundaries of sports reporting and commentary, but whom any observant TV viewer knows is one of our great broadcast journalists, worthy of being considered this generation's Howard Cosell. At minimum, Amendola had obviously never seen the one-time Syracuse University Newhouse School grad's unflinching tete-a-tetes with the likes of shamed baseball icon Mark McGwire.

Sandusky was out-witted and seemingly caught off guard by Costas, who stayed composed and balanced while asking point-blank questions like, "If you're not a pedophile, then what are you?" and refusing to allow Sandusky a single evasive response. When the accused child molester claimed, "I don't think it's my fault," only acknowledging, "I've obviously played a part in this," Costas immediately insisted to know what part, to which Sandusky pitifully answered, "I shouldn't have showered with those kids."

 

You could see Costas gritting teeth and maintaining palor while Sandusky had the self-deluded, offensive gall to suggest that the children making accusations simply misinterpreted his good intentions. It was clear how sorely Costas wanted to eviscerate Sandusky and lecture him in some more obviously cathartic way. But then the story would have become about Costas, and potentially even risked portraying Sandusky as having been blindsided or attacked, which is exactly what Amendola was banking on. Instead, Costas repeatedly turned Sandusky's convoluted and contradictory pronouncements on their head and spun them back toward the retired coach, who was incapable of justifying his own incoherence. 

Of course, Costas wouldn't want to be celebrated for what he did either. It's his job, and he did it well, but it still won't change the fact that Sandusky most certainly had inappropriate contact with young boys whom he promised a brighter future, and possibly of a sexual nature. But at least he set the tone that someone amidst all this needs to start acting like an adult.

 

IN OTHER WORDS: Let's hope Sandusky goes to trial, because if guilty, it should go unmitigated. 

BOB COSTAS RATING: 10/10

STILL A LONG WAY FROM CLOSURE FOR THE VICTIMS, IF IT'S EVER POSSIBLE RATING: 1/10

COSTAS ALL BUT CONVICTING SANDUSKY BY CHARACTERIZING HIS PLED INNOCENCE AS MAKING HIM "THE UNLUCKIEST AND MOST PERSECUTED MAN THAT ANY OF US HAS EVER HEARD ABOUT" RATING: 9/10


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