Friday, August 25, 2006
Man Boys & Beauty Queens
Little Girls are forced to prance
In make-up, lipstick, sexy dance
Early values, no escape
Violence, murder, strangulation, rape
Man boys watching all around
Silent witnesses, not a sound
From the hidden sidelines waiting
Executive officers, masturbating
In murderous stillness, dangerous creep
Cacophonous frenzy, ratings sweep
Fanciful confessions, evidence lacking
Breathless Specials, Baby Bashing
Beauty Queen label to sell the story
Pontificating heads to pillage the glory
Ten years later little has changed
Sicker, Sorrier, more Deranged
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Nothing, however, matched the endless, breathless, round-the-clock exploitation of the news media, churning out books and spawning careers in the punditry of misery. As Jane Pauley inadvertently summed it up in an interview with Lawrence Schiller, author of a book on the JonBenet Ramsey case, on NBC's Dateline, “It’s like you had a hundred different facts in a party game.” And, from Dan Abrams to Larry King and back, play they did.
Mrs. Ramsey died in June 2006 of ovarian cancer, never quite vindicated in the eyes of the public. With the arrest of John Mark Karr in Bangkok for the murder of JonBenet, America can prepare for the next onslaught to distract from the civil war in Iraq and tenuous ceasefire in Lebanon.
John Ramsey is unlikely to forget who his friends are, and hopefully will keep the media at bay, as they prepare to dig up, piss on and shred JonBenet’s memory once again. And hopefully he won’t succumb to the too-little-too-late, inevitable, post-mortem re-varnishing of Patsy Ramsey’s memory either.
Alas, for the Ramsey family, resting in peace does not seem like an option.
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John Mark Karr bragged to his landlord's family that "sexually, I am like a wolf" and said he preferred girls to women when he worked in Costa Rica as an English teacher, his former housemates said.
With intense media interest focused on the JonBenet Ramsey murder since Dec. 26, 1996, legal experts agree the media certainly has had an impact on the case and will most likely continue to do so.
A university professor at the center of the media firestorm about the JonBenet Ramsey case said the media is missing the true significance of the story.
MSNBC’s Dan Abrams was first to report the news about the arrest Wednesday afternoon.
Also amusing is how when the cable newsers go into full-sleaze mode, they still try to maintain the outward appearance of being "newspeople." "This is a story you heard first on MSNBC," said MSNBC's Dan Abrams. When NBC News president Steve Capus announced that Dan Abrams would become the new head of MSNBC, he was asked if, under Abrams, MSNBC would become a crime channel. "That's not part of the plan," he replied. But that was before JonBenet's killer was found -- or possibly not found.
News late Wednesday that a man had been arrested in Thailand for alleged involvement in JonBenet Ramsey’s murder prompted MSNBC to drop coverage of terrorism stories to run wall-to-wall coverage about the 10-year-old murder mystery.
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