Nancy Grace is in trouble again, but this time the big-mouthed crime crusader is being sued for publicly identifying an innocent man as a criminal and labeling him a serial killer on her show. The man, who has since been exonerated, is not amused by the public humiliation and wants big bucks from the pseudo journalist. Since this is not the first time Nancy Grace has been flagged for faulty reporting, I thought it would be a nice gesture on my part, as a former journalist, to teach her the meaning of what it means to be a real reporter. So Nancy Grace, this one’s for you:
Rule of Thumb: A news show is about presenting factual news. Sitting behind a desk, yelling at people and calling them names does not make you a newsperson; it makes you a bully.
The bad guys on Criminal Minds and Law & Order SVU are not real bad guys, and you should not call the FBI to have them arrested nor should you take credit for catching them.
A loud, southern, nails-on-the-chalkboard voice is not a voice of authority, but it does make people go insane and jump off bridges. Stop…talking…please.
TMZ and the National Enquirer are not the best sources for information nor is Wikipedia—believe it or not. Instead of forcing your non-paid interns to do your research for scraps of food, do some fact checking yourself.
People are innocent until proven guilty, and your show is not a court of law. I asked Judge Judy about this because her show really is a court of law, and she says “Na, na, na, na, na—Bite me Blondie.” (That might be paraphrased.)
Real reporters have good hairstylists and makeup artists—not rejects from the musical CATS.
If you accuse someone falsely of a crime once, you are suspended from your show; twice, you have to pay restitution; three times, you get a transfer to the North Korean State Press.
And finally, if you brand someone a serial killer and he’s not, you get to meet a real serial killer face to face. Fair is fair.