As for more details about the case, don’t count on this blog to break them down; read the victim’s statement for yourself. If it doesn’t change your life, question how you’re living.
Now for the media dimension: CNN host Ashleigh Banfield apparently decided that everyone else needed to have the same experience as those of us who couldn’t avert our eyes from the victim’s statement. So she read nearly the whole thing on air. “We will be reading most of it to you this hour. We have had to take out parts that are just too graphic for television and we have had to cut some of it for time as well,” Banfield said at 12:02 p.m.
Thirty-one minutes later (including commercials), Banfield finished reading from the victim’s letter, following it up by interviewing a Stanford University law professor. Then the network went back to politics and the gorilla.
We all love to rip the hollowness, vapidity, triviality and redundancy of cable news. Its three main representatives, after all, provide us so much material to clip and mock. With Banfield’s decision Monday, though, we have a righteous counterpoint: something that matters so much that it’s worth slowing down, scrapping all the panel discussions, not caring whether there’s compelling video to accompany the story, not caring about the ratings — and letting the words of a faceless victim drive the news. More stuff like this, cable news.