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June 13th, 2012
01:58 PM ET

How the media covered, and reacted to, Piers Morgan's interview with Casey Anthony

On Tuesday, Casey Anthony gave her first post-jail interview, speaking on the phone to Piers Morgan, reacting to public perception while sharing intimate thoughts on her image, and her life.

Later in the evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Anthony's lawyer J. Cheney Mason for an exclusive discussion detailing elements of the day's earlier phone call.

But on the heels of yesterday's fascinating phone call, how did the rest of the media world react to the conversation, and the subsequent interview with Mason:

» ABC's Good Morning America wrote a story and created a video

» People magazine's online story is their most read story today

» The Hollywood Reporter described Anthony as "the tabloid trial fixture"

» Local Orlando station, CFNews13, heavily covered the Casey Anthony Trial

» Entertainment Weekly wrote it up

» MSNBC notes "Casey Anthony breaks her silence"

» The Daily Mail writes Anthony "insists she is NOT 500lbs"

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  1. MARY

    Did not watch....and now won't watch him either

    June 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • True north Strong and Free

      What the people don't realize is that the burden was on the prosecution to show why they arrested and jailed her for murder. There is another case happening in USA re: Sandusky Piers can guide a horse to water if you watched and paid attention you'd realize that there was NO evidence to show Casey did it I think that drawing a parallel between the victims of Sandusky you see how a predator instills terror in them. Suppose Casey's dad was a cop who had his way with lil Casey as a child just saying and just say he did something to the baby he couldn't hide just say he thought if he stuck her in the woods so it would look like she dawdled away and got lost. Just say Casey created her own reality to not have to suffer the pain. People who endure the unspeakable if they dont kill themselves develop coping techniques to survive the next five minutes let alone till tomorrow. Gotta say I am eager to read her perspective. I thought she was insane but that was never presented as evidence

      June 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • jane

        true north – just say that there are maybe too many lies and inconsistencies to believe any words that come from anyone in the anthony family. no one who has had a child would go for 30 days plus without notifying police their baby was missing. add that to all of her other lies and her family's bizarro behavior – there is obviously a big divide between truth and the verdict in casey anthony case.

        June 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • holly57

        So like the jury you prefer to base a verdict on speculation rather than the evidence actually presented. Baez' opening statement was not evidence and he failed to present any evidence she was abused or that her father had anything to do with disposing of Caylee's body. On the other hand, there was overwhelming evidence presented by the prosecution that Caylee's dead body was in her mother's car. Methinks you watch too much CSI.

        June 14, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
      • JHJ77

        Most people prefer to base their verdicts on COMMON SENSE. Not those dumb as rocks jurors...

        June 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Taxiof2

        The only reason Cheney was there is to test the waters. If there was interest in her, then a book deal would happen. It didn't work, no one cared what this lying sleeze bag baby killer thinks. She is guilty, everyone knows it except maybe True North (who jus might be one of jurors). There is no evidence that George hurt Casey in anyway. If he had, then why would Casey put her child in harms way. Your child has been missing and she could care less, why? Because she knew where she was. I am a mother and I would call the police RIGHT away. She didn't call for 30 days, she was out partying. Please................GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!

        June 19, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nancy Grygiel

    Last night was the first night I purposely missed the show. It is very unfortunate that CNN offers its valuable time and money to people that despite the guilty/no guilty verdict, have been lying to the media (and to enforcement authorities), and continue to take advantage of what they have to offer (i.e.money in exchange for an interview) for their own sake. Particularly in a case where the little girl is dead and no one will be hold accountable. This does not only reflect bad on the defendant, but also on her lawyers and on those that continue to promote her through public interviews. I completely disagree with CNN and Piers this time.

    June 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Carol

    I thought most of her answer are the expected ones and a lot of BS ........Piers if you ever get to talk to that person again ask her just one question..........why is she not shouting from the rooftops to find the killer of Caylee, I think we all have the answer to that question ! if it was a child of mine I would not rest til the killer was found !!!!!!!

    June 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jvgreen

      Very well said Carol ! And one more thing,If you were free to come and go as you please,And your daughters remains were found in a secluded area where hundreds of people who never even met little Caylee had gone to Pay their respects..Would you go to pay to your respects to your OWN CHILD? It had been reported that Casey had in fact paid a visit to the home of George and Cindy Anthony...Why not make the effort to walk down the street and at least lay a few flowers on the site where the childs remains were found?? I suppose SOME people are afraid lightining may strike twice in the same place after all....just saying....

      June 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Audrey

    Wow...Wow...Wow!!!!! How obviouse it is. Mason is merely grooming Stacey Anthony to make a hit.
    Guilty as she is and in denial as she is, she is a vulnerable target for Mason to prey on. Biaz seems to have moved on to stardom on Nancy Grace etc....Poor Mr. Mason is left in the dirt where he belongs. Can't knock him for trying but what does it take to keep from throwing up.

    June 13, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. robert

    I guess Pierce does not remember that even though the jury found her not guilty, they also said they did not think she was totally innocent either. This is a disgrace because CNN always thinks they only give truthful news, and this was a total sham, a fluff piece, letting her run the show. I know I will not be watching CNN in the future.

    June 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. jane

    piers morgan confirms my thought he is a sleeze. and cnn not much more than tabloid journalism! and i used to be a big fan of cnn...(not any more)

    June 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Anne

    Well even tho' highly contoversial and perhaps not at all on the " must see" episode, I think only Piers Morgan could have had this interview in the dignity in which it was handled. Hats off to you Piers Morgan for not turning this into another Reality Show theatre. It was a tragic story, that too many television shows capitalized on for far too long and not for the benefit of anyone.

    June 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. TBb

    Shame on both parties. Who would want anything to do with this monster?! All that comes out of her mouth is lies anyway! There are more important things to talk about rather than CA!

    June 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. JS

    Due to this interview and any future ones that are planned or even being considered, I will boycott Cnn and any sponsers for any show that will air any interview with the baby killer or her family.

    June 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Poolchick

    Piers just proved how desperate he is to have his own show. Casey? Really? How pathetic. I did not watch it and will not watch his show if that is who he wants to interview. Giving that baby killer money for an interview is just like turning the knife in Caylee's back. Justice was not served for Caylee and he should be ashamed of doing an interview with that POS. She deserves to rot in H3ll forever. If he ever mentions her again, I hope he is stating that she was hit by a bus and now dead (preferably decapitated)!

    June 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Joanna

    I can't believe CNN wasted a moment of our valuable time on that garbage! I didn't watch and will now not watch CNN. Casey Anthony will never be truly free. Why would you ever pay to hear any words from that monsters' mouth? Shame on you CNN and you as well Piers for having any part of it!

    June 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Leah

    She is a compulsive liar. Interviews are typically set up for truth. So why bother? She will not be truthful. She is a horrifying monster. I will never watch Piers Morgan again. Hope that pathetic excuse for an interview was worth losing this many viewers! Cheney Mason and his "proud father smile" its sickening. Nobody ever asked her why she isn't knocking people down to find out who killed her kid? Why is the investigation closed? Everyone knows why, because it's every bit her doings!

    June 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kat

      She is a convicted Liar,,ridiculous for any one to interview,,,cant fool all the people all the time!

      June 14, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. bobo

    Casey is free. get over it people. You want to blame somebody, blame they jury, blame the judge, the prosecutor, George, somebody. The criminal justice system works fine in Florida.

    June 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. worldcares

    yellow journalism

    June 14, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Miahhhhh

    CA no body believe anything u say!!!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Miahhhhh

    Shame on Pierce for listening to that habitual liar!!! And bringing that old fart bag mason! I will no longer be watching pierce!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. holly57

    Piers Morgan enabled a sociopath to dip her toe back into the spotlight. She's looking for a huge money offer for a sit down on camera interview where she will do what she does best......lie. The girl lies, that's what she does, she did it before Caylee died when she pretended to go to work for two years. She is also a thief. . She and lawyer Mason know that time and other stories are consigning her $$$ bvalue to the bargain basement section. She needs money when she gets off probation and leaves Florida. She is a narcisist of the nth degree and that's why she will never accept responsibility for the death of her baby girl. Easier option, lie to police, claim for two years Caylee was kidnapped. Destroy Roy Kronk. Watch her parents suffer and the ultimate evil act was to blame her own father for disposing of his beloved grandchild's body in ian infested swamp. The trial let us watch a sociopath up close....that is her only fascination now.

    June 14, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. YeahRight-LIAR

    This is why they did the phone chat with the LIAR, to test the waters for something upcoming.... Hey CNN do an article on how many viewers you LOST!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. mary

    Interviews are to tell the truth, I beleive Casey and her family are all liars why to watch on TV Mr Morgan letting a Liar continue her lies, Maybe she didin't Kill her daughter intentionally but she neglected her daughter her precious child to have fun she disrespected her Mother and Father and her Brother to get out of her lies, God will punish her for her actions if she continues to lie. she has to stay away from all publicity, I believe its better for her, go to school on line proof to people that you have a brain you can make your own living without depending again on lies, depend on yourself and prove to the world that the past is gone and you start fresh again with new chance that was given to you.

    June 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Mary

    I've read that the "ratings" indicate people did not tune in as expected when this World Exclusive was announced in the press. I predict the "ratings" will drop even more now that Piers Morgan and CNN are being vilified by people who are outraged by Piers regurgitating the evil monster's lies.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Soph

    Piers Morgan has lost Canadian viewers as well! Piers you disappoint, obviously this woman cast the same ridiculous spell on you as she has her attorneys. It is amazing to hear Cheney describe her – what is wrong with this man? And Piers, you sounded so smitten, your question to her, "what is the biggest misconception people have about you" – is that all you got fella??? What the heck did you think she would say to that......?
    Take some lessons from Anderson and get to the truth – quite sucking up!

    June 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. jvgreen

    Well,Bully for you! You ""LANDED" a interview with the most hated person in OUR Country! How proud you must be! Well,CNN (Once very well respected in OUR home) has been removed from our TV...I have no respect for the Channel OR anyone who associates with CNN....So many things to report yet they went there...So sad....CNN.. If you really wanted to Boost your ratings FIND someone who works at CNN who will do the right thing and STAND UP for the right thing...Justice for the Murdered 2 year old little girl Might be a great place to start....Just saying...

    June 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. rondaholly

    CASEY: I know that somewhere in your narcissistic brain you cannot help but pore over all of these comments, so I have something to say to you, and I know your reading it. Anyway, no-one believes your innocent, and re-stating that you did not murder Caylee is not going to change any minds or win you supporters. While none of us knows what happened to Caylee, and even if by some miracle you don't know what happened to her, there is one who knows, and that is God. God knows. I was extremely angry during your trial as I had just given birth to a beautiful baby girl last May. I am not angry anymore because it's not worth it. God tells me to forgive and live at peace with all men, and that is what I must do, even if I don't like it. God knows Casey and someday at the end of your life you will have to answer to him concerning that child He entrusted you with, the precious one you FAILED to care for and protect, if by some miracle you did not harm her yourself. You are responsible, you are, whether you lie, evade or tell the truth about what happened, nothing changes, you still failed that defenseless child, and now you must live with that.

    June 15, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. floormodel

    Mr Morgan sold out and it saddens me. From 'America's Got Talent' to America's biggest liar.
    Why not do a show on Caylee? Why not do a show on children whose parents stole their lives from them? Why not give CNNs interview $$ and perks to legit charities that fight for a child's right to live? So many stories you could have done and this is what you gave us? Maybe you can hook Casey up with Octomom and interview them both?

    June 15, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Name*Shan

    My question: how are George & Cindy doing? Have they persued any contact with their daughter after the acquittal ? I understand that she is their child but I cannot imagine what they must still face day after day, suffering the loss of their angelic grandchild by the hands of Casey as she heartlessly accused unfounded child abuse by George,!and her brother. Ipray them, that they find peace within their hearts knowing that Casey is the master manipulator and will most likely to continue manipulate others only to benefit her own narccisstic, sociopathic needs. My heart goes out to all of her family who she used as pawns for her own happiness. It is such a sad ending for everyone, unfortunately I don't think she has one ounce of remorse. Stay strong for one another, and I hope you have realized her actions and selfishness were the ONLY underlying cause for this tragedy. I am sorry for all that you have lost. Sincerely, Shan

    June 27, 2012 at 3:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
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