Carey Roberts’ interesting new column The Disgrace of CNN’s Nancy Grace (MensNewsDaily.com, 11/27/07) details the way Nancy Grace beat the drums against the falsely accused Duke lacrosse players. Roberts writes:
“Shortly after the alleged March 14 assault, wild stories began to circulate about what had transpired at 610 North Buchanan. Within days Nancy Grace was claiming Ã¢â‚¬â€ falsely Ã¢â‚¬â€œ that the players had refused to provide DNA samples…Grace then invited a series of guests who would take orgiastic delight in the demonization of three young lacrosse players…
“Nancy Grace even vilified those who cautioned the rush to judgment might be premature. During one interview Stephen Miller of the Duke Conservative Union began to worry that ‘two innocent people may have possibly Ã¢â‚¬Â¦’ But Grace quickly cut him off: ‘Oh, good lord! Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I assume youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a mother. I mean, your first concern is that somebody is falsely accused?’Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show also skewered Grace over her enthusiastic support of the false accuser, noting that Grace is “the person who had staked the most on this case.” On April 11, 2007Ã‚Â North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced they were dismissing the charges and said that the accused players “are innocent.” The next dayÃ‚Â Stewart asked “Put through hell for over a year–how will the media show contrition?” He then said “let’s see how Nancy Grace handled it” and cut to Grace’s April 11 show–and there was a substitute host!