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Nancy Grace fails to learn lessons from wardrobe malfunction and ‘conviction’ in court of public opinion

» Posted by on Oct 7, 2011


Nancy Grace found herself head-on in an embarrassing situation with an alleged wardrobe malfunction. It was a titillating story for the media.

And boy were the media quick to expose Nancy Grace’s apparent wardrobe malfunction.  Sure, she denied what Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron apparently saw with his own two eyes, commenting live that her moves were a bit “top heavy.”

But Nancy Grace has denied it.  Saying it was basically an optical illusion.

Even Nancy Grace’s own network, HLN, and anchor Robin Meade, smiled when she talked about the incident and Grace’s response.

Nancy Grace believes she is innocent of any wardrobe malfunction drama but the media refuses to believe it.  They keep talking about it.  And the photos, which usually are worth a thousand words each, are plastered over the internet.

You would think that from this incident she would understand what it’s like to be tried and convicted in the court of public opinion.  She is used to being the one dishing.  That’s what she does to others on her show on a daily basis.

But, true to form, that is not the case.  Nancy Grace has learned nothing.

She’s at it again… this time with Amanda Knox.

Grace told the Hollywood Reporter that she has no interest in interviewing Amanda Knox because Grace doesn’t believe Knox would tell the truth anyway.

“I believe that while Amanda Knox did not wield the knife herself, I think that she was there, with her boyfriend, and that he did the deed, and that she egged him on. That’s what I think happened,” Nancy Grace told the Hollywood Reporter.

Knox spent four years behind bars and was freed by authorities in Italy after being cleared of stabbing to death her roommate Meredith Kercher.

“I’m not trying to get Amanda Knox’s first interview because… my show does not pay for interviews in any way,” Grace told the Hollywood Reporter. “I think whether she gets paid outright or whether it’s a licensing fee for a photograph, that’s the way a lot of networks get around paying for interviews, I absolutely would not stand to be on a show where we pay for guests or interviews. Second, I don’t think she’s going to tell the truth anyway, so what’s the point?”

I don’t know whether Amanda Knox did it or not.  But then neither does Nancy Grace.  And for her to portend to know what happened or feel free to comment on something she doesn’t know about and convict Amanda Knox in the court of public opinion is really quite disgusting.

But in so many ways not surprising.

Quite frankly we’re all entitled to own opinions.  But Nancy Grace knows no more about the inside story than anyone else.  And to potentially ruin Amanda Knox’s life by casting a cloud over her is truly despicable and bothersome to someone like me who spends a great deal of time trying to protect clients in the court of public opinion.  I don’t represent Amanda Knox.  But I believe what Nancy Grace is doing is wrong and she’s undermining and attempting to overrule systems of justice.

I realize Nancy Grace has a show to do, a public image to project and every right to speak her mind.  But when will she learn to keep some opinions to herself to protect others’ freedoms?

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Glenn Selig founded The Publicity Agency in 2007 and has represented some of the biggest newsmakers and most influential business leaders and companies nationwide. He is a frequent guest on MSNBC, Fox News Channel and on CNN. Reporters call him for an expert PR opinion on high profile cases to offer perspective. He also appears on air to publicly defend his clients. View the PR firm website and follow him on Twitter @GlennSelig