reply to post by InfowarriorCarson
I have a theory too... tho it's not as intriguing as yours. But probably just as conspiratorial.
Maybe all the crazy media attention on the Casey Anthony trial was to keep the public's attention off of the James Arthur Ray manslaughter trial, to
hide Oprah's association with James Ray as the media world celebrated Oprah and her final show. I say this because until then, the James Ray trial
was getting the media attention, The show In Session was broadcasting the trial live until about the time the trial recessed for ten days, and then In
Session pulled their cameras and stopped broadcasting. Oprah got alot of publicity the next week because her show was coming to an end after 25
years, but very little made any reference to Oprah's promotion of James Ray and his ongoing manslaughter trial. I believe the trial resumed the day
before Oprah's final episode, but not the live trial broadcasting. CNN also pulled their live feed from their website. In Session even shut down
the James Ray trial thread in their forums. Many say In Session's coverage of the James Ray trial was biased to James Ray from the start (and still
is). Including me.
Maybe it was just the media protecting their darling, Oprah. Didn't want to taint her big moment.
And it worked. The Casey Anthony case is intriguing for many of reasons, and more people can relate to the cold-blooded murder of an adorable little
girl by her mother than a greedy selfish-help guru slow-cooking three people to their death. So once people got interested, it was easy to get
hooked, and be outraged, taking on a life of its own. Especially when Casey Anthony was found not guilty. (James Ray was convicted of all three
counts on the lesser charge, negligent homicide, just a few days before Casey Anthony was acquitted.)
We could even take this a step further and drag Obama into this... Since Oprah promoted Obama the same way she promoted James Ray, and Obama doesn't
need/want the negative publicity as he campaigns for re-election, it could also be to protect Obama. Or it may just be serendipitous for Obama. But
for what it's worth, James Ray is represented by the Munger, Tolles, Olson law firm... and Obama appointed one of the partners from Munger, Tolles as
his special counsel in March 09. So this guy's got a couple good reasons to want to keep attention off James Ray.
Former State Bar President Will Be Counsel to Pres - California
If Oprah is going to campaign for Obama, then they'd both want to dis-associate themselves from James Ray. But I don't know about this... I've
heard that Oprah is not going to endorse Obama this time around, so she wouldn't be campaigning for him, making this a moot point. More likely is
that Oprah is planning to run for office herself and wants to ride Obama's coattails. So dis-associating would benefit Oprah, not Obama. (Of
course, it's also easy to understand why Oprah wouldn't want to be associated with a convicted homicider).
So that's my thought. Thanks for letting me play