Murder Trials are Hilarious – CNN’s 360 and the George Zimmerman Trial

Anderson Cooper and panel share a laugh while discussing a murder trial.
Anderson Cooper and panel share a laugh while discussing a murder trial.

Watching CNN’s Anderson’s 360 lame news program and realized the obscene, never-ending circus-like manner in which Dr. Drew and Nancy Grace treat criminal trials has carried over with great efficiency to Silver Spoon’s program. The panel on Monday June 24th included: Sunny Hostin, Jeffrey Toobin, Mark Geragos, Marcia Cross.  I recognize three of those people – two of them, Geragos and Cross, lose big trials. Toobin has been a CNN stooge since the early 90s. No idea who Sunny Hostin is, but she would be advised to separate herself from this collection of legal experts.  My quick transcription of a segment of 360 where the legal experts host have a moment of levity because, of course, the trial of George Zimmerman has been going on for sooo long. It’s a game for these creeps, easy ratings. Meanwhile, it’s real life for the Martin and Zimmerman family, as well as the jurors.

Geragos: …”It may resonate with a bunch of trial watchers who are looking for a lot of pizzaz but remember, what we’re talking about here matters very little. It only matters what the six women in that jury box think. Given what I heard at last, and read, about the jurors that are in there, I’m just not so sure that the prosecutors tact here is an effective one.

Cooper: And ‘trial watchers looking for pizzaz’ I assume you’re referring to everyone else on this panel.


Geragos: I wasn’t going to say it’s 3 to 1,  ex-prosecutors, or versus the lonely defense lawyer.

Cooper: You know, Mark, we’re doing this all week. You’re starting off by pissing off everyone on the panel. That’s not the best way to start off the week, Mark.

Geragos: I’m kind of on the other coast. I’m safe.

and they go to break. There’s more laughter near the end of their discussion in a follow-up segment. Don’t worry, folks, your news media has a sense of humor!

Maybe someone should do a segment on Toobin’s baby mama drama and laugh it up. I’m not sure why reporters and panelists can’t provide information and commentary about a serious issue without the need to be funny. Not everyone can be a comedian.  There is a time and place for jokes (late night television or in your own home, off mic). We learned that rule today easily enough when Zimmerman’s stupid attorney began his opening with a knock-knock joke.  Whether you are in the courtroom or on television, it might serve one well to remember that no matter what your opinion is of this case, people’s lives and well-being are on the line: the defendant and his family, and the family of the young man who was shot.

If there is a Hell, there should be free parking for all these cable news talking heads.