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Giving Nancy Grace Another Job Is Not a Smart Way to Fight Unemployment—Or Is It?

December 4, 2009

New jobs figures released this morning revealed the first positive news on employment in months. The 11,000 jobs lost in November were far less than the predicted number of losses, and last month saw a drop from 10.2% to 10.0% in the unemployment rate. Regardless of anyone’s political leanings or inclinations to assign blame or credit, these numbers should provide an inkling that the bleeding may have slowed in the wounded labor market.

But to the well-meaning CBS TV Distribution executive whose effort to battle unemployment now includes giving Nancy Grace yet another TV gig, I must say that your efforts are largely misguided.

First, Nancy Grace already has a job at CNN Headline News. She was already getting paid to bully her guests and maraud through all of her fear-mongering child-abduction segments like a panicked, blindfolded horse. She may be doing a terrible job at portraying a decent, respectful human being in front the cameras, but it’s a job nonetheless.

Even though it defies the will of the only God many of us can believe in, Nancy Grace also has a book deal.  She worked hard, likely through an intricate series of threats and even a hostage situation or two, to score her publishing deal with Hyperion. That’s more like freelance or contract work, but it’s still gainful employment.

So, Mr. or Ms. TV Executive, despite your best intentions to do something about the nation’s bleak jobs picture, giving Nancy Grace her own “Judge Judy”-style court show is not part of the solution. Simple logic suggests that it’s better to give that time slot to a host who’s not currently working. Donahue, maybe? Or, better yet—Danza. Surely you could throw that guy a crust of bread to tide him over until his gig on Oprah’s new network begins in a couple of years.

But I’m trying to remind myself of the importance of having intellectual empathy. So I think I must spend at least a minute or two trying to understand why you, surely an intelligent person, would adopt this as your employment-generating strategy.

So, a little thought experiment. Let’s say I’ve recently lost my job, but my unemployment benefits have yet to expire. I’m worried, of course, but I’m also discouraged and I’ve begun to drag my feet a little on the job search. There are jobs out there, but I’m still holding out for a position with a good salary and benefits and a good match for my skills, interests, and experience.

[I recognize that this hypothetical version of me is in a position of relative luxury, as most who lose their jobs in real life must immediately take whatever work they can find, and there’s hardly ever enough of it.]

So I’m at home on a weekday, and I happen to encounter Nancy Grace on her new daytime court show, eyes afire and hair ever immutable as she dispenses her unique brand of cruelty disguised as homespun common sense. Those who come to her courtroom, even the ones winning their arguments, are begging for the death penalty.

I run screaming out of the house and bolt right to the nearest temp agency, vowing not to put myself in the position of having to see All You Idiots Deserve to Die, Starring Nancy Grace, ever again.

I am but one of thousands—nay, tens of thousands—so motivated. The unemployment rate drops back down to 8% within one quarter after Nancy Grace’s daytime debut.

Holy hell, Mr. or Ms. TV Executive, I take it all back. You’re a genius.

  1. michellefrommadison permalink
    January 25, 2010 8:36 pm

    Jan.25,2010 Nancy Grace, and she’s afraid and panicking about her depo being videotaped about her criminal actions will be manipulated by the media.

    JANUARY 25, 2010–Television host Nancy Grace, who has made a career of berating people live on the air, is worried that her videotaped deposition this week in a wrongful death lawsuit might be leaked to the media, which could then “cut and splice” and “manipulate” her words into sound bites that would appear “wholly out of context,” which, by the way, is exactly what Nancy Grace does continuously against victims of most cases she covers on her show. Sounds like Nancy is scared enough to show up drunk again at this upcoming deposition scheduled for Thursday, then to later explain why she was shown as being highly suspicious in all her answers, which she would attribute to her known and admitted difficulties Nancy says she still suffers from alcohol and drug problems. In an emergency motion filed today in U.S. District Court in Ocala, Florida, Grace’s lawyers asked a judge to either bar the filming of her deposition this Thursday or issue a protective order prohibiting dissemination of the video. Grace, “/archive/1121061grace1.html” by the parents of Melinda Duckett, a 21-year-old Florida woman who committed suicide in 2006 a day after she was cross-examined by the CNN Headline News host about the whereabouts of her missing two-year-old son. Police have described Duckett as the prime suspect in the disappearance of her son Trenton, who has not been found. In the motion, a copy of which you’ll find below, Grace’s attorneys noted that “there already have been threats to Ms. Grace during the tendency of this lawsuit,” adding that if the videotape were to surface pre-trial, such a leak would “serve no purpose but to further harass, embarrass, and intimidate Ms. Grace and corrupt the jury pool.” In a response filed this afternoon, Duckett’s relatives called Grace’s legal maneuvering a “frivolous, untruthful motion,” since they had previously agreed to keep her videotaped testimony confidential. Grace’s deposition is scheduled for 9 AM Thursday in the Atlanta offices of Holland & Knight, her lawyers. (7 pages)
    But, thats what happens to many out-of-control drunks and drug users :(

  2. April 9, 2010 11:08 am

    Very interesting website and facts about the Melinda Duckett case. Very well put together.


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