Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Anthonys on Oprah?
The crime message boards following the case of Caylee Anthony are abuzz with the story that George and Cindy Anthony, the grandparents of the victim and parents of the accused, are to be on Oprah.
I've kind of lost faith in Oprah's "hinkey meter," since the debacle with the guy who wrote the self-help book about curing himself of a drug addiction. Can't remember his name, now--I guess his fifteen minutes expired a long time ago.
However, George and Cindy Anthony are still revelling in theirs.
They are in a very uncomfortable position, and have gleaned a lot of sympathy in the months since Caylee "disappeared." Nobody can blame them for being in denial about her murder, or about their daughter's alleged culpability if (and it's a big "if") they really are in denial. Their actions seem to tell a different story.
I can cite you many examples of actions that appear to acknowledge that they know Casey is the killer of little Caylee. The one on my mind right now came out in their latest video depositions; they made no attempt, and did not instruct their employed private detective(s), to find the Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez with whom Casey claimed to have left her daughter.
Chew on that for a while. At that time, they were chasing all over the hemisphere after sightings of children claimed to be Caylee, but they were not trying to track the person their daughter accused of the crime. To me, that says they knew that Casey was lying.
Anyway, I have mixed feelings about Oprah having them on her show. She might be all sympathetic (Nancy Grace has been, and she hates everybody). That would give George and Cindy a national platform to spew their accusations and innuendo. "It could be Jessie," they aver, "or Amy, or some other Zanny." On the other hand, Oprah could rip them apart for the truth. At the least, a huge audience would have a chance to see and evaluate their behaviour for themselves.
They were very defensive, combative, snarky and patronizing in the depositions they just gave in the Civil Suit for defamation that Zenaida Gonzalez filed against Casey.
My only question is this: will Oprah be paying them to be on her show? I don't know how she works. The news shows say they don't pay their guests, but they do pay big bucks for the use of photos.
I hate to see these people make money from this tragedy.
Photo from the Orlando Sentinel (link).