I've seen one of the most disgusting things today.
And that is the response of the Media to the Casey Anthony verdict.
I don't spend much time at all watching the news because I can't stand the sensationalism around trials like this. Hearing about it is unavoidable, but it's hard to listen to the news seriously when you know that their primary objective is not the delivery of truth, but to sell a story.
Today, the Justice System prevailed. This is exactly how it's supposed to go down. It's better for 10 killers to go free than for one innocent to be put to death. You cannot deliver a guilty verdict just because you "feel" like she might be guilty. There is a very good reason that it is required to be "beyond any reasonable doubt." There was a lack of hard evidence in this trial, and the courts worked exactly as they should have. I couldn't be happier with the verdict, because the verdict is correct, even if she actually did kill that little girl.
But enter the Media. Even with the verdict, the Media wastes no time to write yet another sensational chapter to the story they've woven. Legally, she didn't do it. But the Media thinks they can say otherwise. Now, what if this woman really is innocent? She's going to be a victim of the Media, and there is a high risk that some crazy man will come after her - All because the Media wants to make an easy buck. It's a certain thing that the Media has wrecked her life, and she will be harassed until the day she dies, a punishment outside of the due process of our judicial system.
This is why jurors are sequestered. This is why they come back with verdicts counter to what the Media wants. This is why it took almost no time at all for them to come back with a verdict of Not Guilty. Because they were subjected to a fair, balanced review of the case and the evidence, unlike the Media sharks driven into a feeding frenzy at the smell of a new target. They saw the truth, not the fantastical story the Media always loves to paint.
The biased view being returned by the Media in response is disgusting, and it's exactly why I make an effort to avoid televised news.
Today the Justice System worked. We Americans should celebrate the fact that our Judicial System still works, that people are not put to death on mere suspicion. This day is a victory for all of us.