A mother, who got drunk before accidentally smothering her baby and killing him, was ceaselessly mocked by Headline News host Nancy Grace on one of her shows, asking “Did mommy booze it up and kill her baby?” and suggesting she should have been charged with murder.
(via The New York Daily News)
Nancy Grace is a shrieking monster.
I wouldn’t necessarily say that Nancy Grace is a shrieking monster.
Here’s the problem with this situation. Yes, what the mother did was wrong. She did drink alcohol and then made the wrong choice of sleeping in the same bed as her 3-week-old son. Yes, she made all the wrong choices and probably deserved some kind of punishment for it.
However, just because she deserved a little bit of justice does not mean that she needed to be dragged through the gutter. Nancy Grace made the wrong choices too. She dragged this woman into the national spotlight and put her up on a pedestal to humiliate and degrade. And by doing this, she set an example for everyone else to do so. Because of Nancy Grace’s choices, she made it seem okay for everyone else to do the same.
So, people looked up this woman, contacted her, harassed her, told her she was a horrible person, destroyed her life and made a difficult situation that much worse. I imagine that the woman probably felt guilty already and with Nancy Grace and her fans coming in to harass her, they only made it worse.
No matter what way you look at this situation, there really is no good side to it. A child lost their life, a mother grieves, a woman calls her out, people catch wind and harass the mother, and the mother ends up killing herself as well. It’s bad all the way around.
But if there is any kind of lesson, any kind of silver lining you can take away from this story, it’s this. Just because someone had done something wrong does not mean it is okay to call it out and point out their flaws. Yes, the woman did wrong. Yes, Nancy Grace did wrong. But just continuing to put on negative statements about them will not make this situation any better than it is. It’ll only make it that much worse.