Friday, April 13, 2012

O.J. Journalism Again

“What do you call a thousand attorneys at the bottom of the ocean?” “A good start.”

Dust off all the old lawyer jokes for their biggest extravaganza since the O.J. Simpson trial two decades ago. Legal talking heads are back in abundance (including Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, ever-present Alan Dershowitz as well as Fox’s Greta Van Susteren, who got her start gabbling about O.J.) along with a raft of sleazy-looking new ones from the Sunshine State.

CNN will have to clone their award-winning analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who goes straight from superb coverage of the Supreme Court health care mandate case to Trayvon trial minutae.

Viewer anguish to come is previewed by Jon Stewart with a take on Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s announcement of a second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman, after lecturing us on Florida jurisprudence and introducing almost every lawyer in the state.

We are back in more-than-we-need-to-know territory here and should petition cable companies for a wake-me-when-it’s-over switch.

“Why don’t sharks attack lawyers?” “Professional courtesy.”


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