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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:22 PM

What's up with Headline News' obsessive coverage of the Jody Arias murder trial?

They've been at it for weeks. Live coverage of the proceedings. In-depth analysis. Talking heads.

I don't get it. It seems like just another murder trial to me.

Is it the fact that she's a she?

And do I detect a subtle strain of misogynistic glee, with a subtext of the black widow woman, the killer seductress? Maybe not.

But I just don't get the wall-to-wall coverage.

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Reply What's up with Headline News' obsessive coverage of the Jody Arias murder trial? (Original post)
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 OP
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #1
Puzzledtraveller Feb 2013 #2
sharp_stick Feb 2013 #3
bemildred Feb 2013 #4
Morning Dew Feb 2013 #5
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #6
riqster Feb 2013 #7
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #8
alp227 Feb 2013 #9

Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:27 PM

1. I have been following it sorta of. It's interesting. Its starts on truTV till about 2pm

 

then it switches over to Headlines news. This little sweet looking girl should get the death penalty. I mean she knifed him 29 times then cut his throat from ear to ear then topped it off she shot him in the head. My goodness that was overkill.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:29 PM

2. I wondered the same thing

I suppose it could be anything. Perhaps they are trying to up ratings by creating a buzz about someone most people never heard of before.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:30 PM

3. Just like Casey Anthony

it's a pretty girl accused of murder. Nothing brings in the ratings like a pretty girl in trouble.

Not only that but this gives Headline Noise a chance to feature resident harpy weirdo Nancy Grace in all her screechy glory.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:33 PM

4. It's not a new thing. nt

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:35 PM

5. It's TV on the cheap - HLN and Trutv are both part of the Time Warner family

so they don't have to spend money on more programming.

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Response to Morning Dew (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:42 PM

6. That kinda makes sense. Prurient pandering for profit.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:51 PM

7. Alliteration alert! Here are some more:

Primarily promulgating prudery.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 02:04 PM

8. It failed in my market. I havn't a clue who Jody Arias is...

and I guess that's just fine with me

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:33 AM

9. Well, Arias had an affair with a Mormon man and broke religious rules. That's the interesting part.

Hell, this ABC News article explains:

Accused murderer Jodi Arias testified today that her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, had a "Bill Clinton view of sex" because Alexander was eager for oral and anal sex to get around Mormon church rules against premarital sex.


The Wikipedia article goes in even greater detail.

BTW, I remember watching CNN Headline News channel in the late '90s and listening to a local radio station simulcasting it for national/world news up til around 2005. That channel is now a dumber version of CNN. A real 24/7 rolling news channel would be BBC World News.

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