It’s always a good day when someone with some cultural clout decides to set his or her sights on Nancy Grace. Back in January it was comedian Jim Norton, who spent a good hour ripping Grace to shreds on Twitter, and last night it was Seth Rogen. If you’ve been watching Grace lately or following her overworked social media accounts — and I can’t in good conscience suggest you do any of that — you know that her latest ridiculous soapbox issue has been weed legalization. She’s already endured plenty of mockery for her many smug rants about the dangers of marijuana use, but last night after a series of increasingly unhinged tweets fired off from her official account, Rogen fired back — and succinctly and powerfully said what millions of us are thinking and would love to say to Nancy Grace’s face (just before spitting in it).
Here was Grace:
And here was Seth Rogen’s flawless response:
Forget its bizarre obsession with Flight 370 and its abuse of the phrase “breaking news,” CNN forfeited its privilege of being taken seriously a long time ago. It did it when it hired Nancy Grace, and the more time that’s passed and the more monstrous,reckless,irresponsible and generally unconscionable transgressions against journalism and basic human decency she’s racked up, the harder it’s been for CNN to separate itself from the decision to provide her a forum.
As long as Nancy Grace is employed by a CNN network, the organization as a whole should never be considered anything more than a blight on the cable news landscape. Any attempt by the network to be viewed otherwise needs to be met with swift repudiation. CNN can keep Grace around if it wants, but the trade-off is that it can then never call itself a respectable news outlet — and its managers need to get that though their heads once and for all.
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