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Media coverage, Death of Caylee Anthony, Florida
Journalism & Communication
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Media Coverage of the Death of Caylee Anthony Student’s name University Media Coverage of the Death of Caylee Anthony When a child is killed, her mom or dad can be expected to lead the fight for justice. But when a parent is involved, the rest of us have to step up and speak for the voiceless child.
The petition started by Maureen Pater, a resident of Danver, Massachusetts was just one of more than a hundred petitions at Change.org related to the Anthony case. Other petitions called for federal agencies to reopen the case, while others wanted to pressure Cindy and George Anthony, parents of Casey to sue their daughter for killing their grandchild. Others, who recognized Casey’s new celebrity status wanted to prevent her from earning profit from the sale of her life story. Comments from various news stories about the Anthony case showed that everyone was convinced of Casey’s guilt, and her acquittal came as a shock to America. How can the land of the free allow a monster to roam its streets? What is wrong with our justice system? Many people asked. Just like the Matthew Sheppard murder, the Casey Anthony case received national media attention because it had elements of a “good melodrama” (Ott & Aoki, 2002). It touched on various social issues in America - from teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse in families, mental health issues and insufficient support of the government for single parents – most of which are largely undiscussed in our country’s legislative halls. It looked at a young child and the future she will never have. ...
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