Casey Anthony Trial Coverage Growing
Fast forward three years later and Casey is now on trial for the murder of her own daughter. As the defense begins their case after what many legal analysts claim was a strong case presented by the prosecution, coverage of the trial has only intensified.
Every major network has at least one reporter constantly in Orlando and often inside the courtroom. NBC and MSNBC have Kerry Sanders, CNN has Gary Tuckman, ABC News has Ashleigh Banfield, and FOX has Greta van Susteren and Geraldo Rivera.
People magazine has writers in the courtroom every day and recently chose to profile the trial as their cover story.
Some eager spectators in Orlando, wanting to experience the trial firsthand inside the courtroom, have had to endure physical fights to get one of the 50 public seats available.
The largest coverage has easily been seen on CNN Headline News and truTV. Their coverage begins in the early morning hours and lasts into their primetime programs. Headline News’ Jane Valez Mitchell and Nancy Grace dedicate their hour-long show entirely to the trial each and every day. Even Joy Behar and Dr. Drew Pinsky have begun to devote at least one segment to the trial. Their ratings have increased drastically placing them second in the ratings race during the day and evening hours next to Fox News. According to the New York Times, “in prime time, the gains are striking — 902,000 viewers since May 24, up from 372,000 in the prior four weeks.”
The judge in the case has gone so far as to suggest the trial could, “even dwarf the trial of the century,” the OJ Simpson trial.
As the defense team continues to defend their client, viewers sucked in to the case will continue to watch. According to a recent CNN article, “half the TV sets turned on in Orlando, Florida, are tuned in to the Casey Anthony trial.” Other states may not have that many viewers. With the national media coverage, however, this trial has proven to be huge and a ratings winner for networks.
As the CNN article headline reads, “Casey Anthony's trial is a summer obsession.” That is very true; it is in fact a very upsetting obsession that will hopefully bring out the truth about what really happened to the innocent Caylee.
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