Dr. Phil’s staff bails out teen beater

posted at 12:13 pm on April 13, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

When television shows start bailing high-profile criminals out of jail in order to secure them as guests, something has gone terribly wrong in the entertainment industry. The staff of Dr. Phil McGraw’s advice show sprang one of the teenagers who beat an acquaintance in order to gain notoriety through YouTube:

The TV talk show Dr. Phil McGraw confirmed on Saturday the fact that its staff bailed out of Florida jail one of the girls involved in the violent video posted on YouTube. The video depicted several teen girls beating one of their classmates while filming her.

Mercades Nichols is one of the eight teen girls who face charges in the case of the vicious beating posted on YouTube. She was bailed out by a representative of the show on Friday night, MyFOXTampaBay.com reported.

The bails for the violent girls were set on Friday and they are ranging from $30,000 to $37,000. The girls are aged from 14 to 18.

The bailing out was confirmed via e-mail by Terri Corigliano, a show spokeswoman. In his e-mail, Corigliano explained that the show has previously helped other “guests and potential guests” of the show with different needs, but in this case “certain staff members” who were in the process of booking guests for the Dr. Phil McGraw show went a bit too far and broke the rules of the show.

In other words, the Dr. Phil show wanted to further enable these little teenage imps in their quest for celebrity. Instead of dealing with the negative consequences of their actions, the show wanted to reward them for it. Is that the kind of therapy that Dr. Phil would recommend for the girls, who now face felony charges and will be tried as adults?

The video itself was disturbing enough. The reaction to it by Dr. Phil’s staff is even more disturbing in that the girls’ ambitions and means to reach them were all too realistic. (via TMV)


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What an oppurtunistic scumbag. Oprah created this monster, she must now destroy it.

ThePrez on April 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM

He had to bail her out.. he needed to make her cry on TV.

GoodBoy on April 13, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Heh, I was just about to send this to the tipline, Cap’n Ed wins me again…

doubleplusundead on April 13, 2008 at 12:23 PM

What a scary society!

omnipotent on April 13, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Oprah created this monster, she must now destroy it.

O must repair herself 1st. She has been slipping and sliding fast.

Wade on April 13, 2008 at 12:25 PM

The news/entertainment industry at it’s worst.

These girls don’t yet understand that they have done something wrong, and should do some jail time. Even that probably won’t be enough.

rockhauler on April 13, 2008 at 12:25 PM

You mean it wasn’t Jerry Springer who did that. Oh? Never mind….

Carl in Jerusalem on April 13, 2008 at 12:26 PM

The guilty party here is us, the public, who watch this crap and thus contribute to Dr. Phil’s ratings, encouraging him to do more things like this. We are complicit.

As Alan Dershowitz says in “Why Terrorism Works”, terrorism occurs because it works. If you think I’m comparing Dr. Phil to radical Islamic terrorists, you must’ve gone to University.

dave_lantos on April 13, 2008 at 12:30 PM

It is time for Dr. Phil to have any and all professional licenses permenantly revoked. When I was working towards my master’s in Psychology, one of the required courses was Ethics. I guess Dr. Phil went to a different university.

DAT60A3 on April 13, 2008 at 12:31 PM

We must of all saw this coming though. It’s all about getting the story, no matter what. Who needs morals, honor, respect, and facts when there’s money to be had. If it hadn’t been Dr. Phil, it would of been some other media outfit capitalizing on it.

Tuari on April 13, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Okay, let’s be honest: no one’s going to throw a bunch of teenage girls in prison. I just don’t believe that, however much they deserve it. Their lawyers will convince them to put on pretty dresses and act like normal, recognizably human girl facsimiles in court, and they will, if not get off, be treated with kid gloves because nobody’s going to want to put the girls in prison.

So, the high bail was likely going to force them to experience some pre-trial jail time. This was likely to be as bad as it got for them, but now Dr. Phil’s staff has eradicated even that small possibility for all but two of them.

Way to go Dr. Phil, you useless tool.

Kensington on April 13, 2008 at 12:36 PM

The video itself was disturbing enough. The reaction to it by Dr. Phil’s staff is even more disturbing in that the girls’ ambitions and means to reach them were all too realistic.

Disgusting. Our culture is so horribly screwed up. We glamorize the criminals and belittle the victims. Eventually, after a few guest appearances by the attackers, many will no doubt think that poor girl deserved to be beaten.

Guardian on April 13, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Dr Phil, Oprah’s very own Frankenstein monster. Way to Oprah . . . what a wonderful gift to society.

rplat on April 13, 2008 at 12:37 PM

The guilty party here is us, the public…
dave_lantos on April 13, 2008 at 12:30 PM

us the public, include a lot of people who do not watch this crap and are not complicit in encouraging this activity. It is offensive to insinuate such.

Wade on April 13, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Plus, it gets even worse. Because Dr. Phil’s been embarrassed, the show he was planning about them has been axed, so the girls he bailed won’t even have to go through the humiliation (if they’re capable of shame) of a faux-outraged confrontation on the Dr. Phil show. They get bailed out for nothing! It’s nothing but a win for these vicious predators!

Kensington on April 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

From Fox news, Dr Phil will not go forward with the story.

Les in NC on April 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

Theworldisnotenough on April 13, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Next thing you know, the girls will be handing out Video of the Year at the BET Awards.

CookeyD on April 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM

#1. There’s a gag order, so he could bail out all 6 or 7 and still not have anyone to talk to except “grieving mothers and friends” and I wouldn’t put that past him.

#2. The bright side: this is probably the last nail in his coffin.

Marcus on April 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM

I haven’t watched Phil in ages. He jumped the Springer shark a few years back.

ihasurnominashun on April 13, 2008 at 12:52 PM

What an oppurtunistic scumbag. Oprah created this monster, she must now destroy it.

ThePrez on April 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Hey, save the Obama comments for the appropriate thread!

Nosferightu on April 13, 2008 at 12:56 PM

The guilty party here is us, the public, who watch this crap and thus contribute to Dr. Phil’s ratings, encouraging him to do more things like this. We are complicit.

Hey don’t lump me in with your guilty “us.” I have never watched Dr. Phil’s show, or Oprah’s either, for that matter.

Next thing you know, the girls will be handing out Video of the Year at the BET Awards.

No, the girls are white thugs. BET is only interested in lauding black thugs.

AZCoyote on April 13, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Dr. Phil needs an intervention. And those hateful girls probabally need an exorcist more than a fake shrink.

Zorro on April 13, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Obi won Oprah has taught her apprentice well,
looks like the work of the dark side in all it’s
forms is having its time on all the worlds a stage!

canopfor on April 13, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I would rather watch Springer anyway, if the Springer show can not make you feel better about yourself nothing will.

infidel on April 13, 2008 at 12:59 PM

So Dr Phil was going to give them the attention they were seeking in the first place, only on a much larger stage. insightful

abinitioadinfinitum on April 13, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Who’s Dr. Phil? No seriously!

I know who he is, I just don’t dignify what he does. He IS as bad as Springer in my humble opinion.

Of course we all know what opinions are like…noses (or someplace a little more south). Everyone has one and they all smell….

Vntnrse on April 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM

It is time for Dr. Phil to have any and all professional licenses permenantly revoked. When I was working towards my master’s in Psychology, one of the required courses was Ethics. I guess Dr. Phil went to a different university.

DAT60A3 on April 13, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Does he even have license anymore. His wiki page says he sanctioned in 1989 and wasn’t able to practice (at least in Texas).

terryannonline on April 13, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Anyone who watches Dr.Phil is just as much an enabler.

michaelo on April 13, 2008 at 1:08 PM

I’ve never watched his crap.

Dr. Manhattan on April 13, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Dr. Phallus is a dick.

Kini on April 13, 2008 at 1:16 PM

No, the girls are white thugs. BET is only interested in lauding black thugs.

AZCoyote on April 13, 2008 at 12:57 PM

That doesn’t preclude them from being background “guest-dancer” Hos & Beeyotches for the next Great Hope of the Gangster-Rap “culture”, does it? They’re cheerleaders, so they should have all those bump-n-grind, drop-2-da-flow moves down pat.

dmh0667 on April 13, 2008 at 1:21 PM

If Dr. (Aw)Phil doesn’t have them on his show, Jerry Springer would…there’s millions of ‘people’ who would love to see these vile creatures, doncha know.
I have seen Dr, Phil once or twice because my aunt uses it to take her nap in the afternoon–I can’t stand him or the diva who elevated him to talk show host. I don’t doubt terryan and agree 100% with michaelo.
I would like to know which ones were bailed out.

Christine on April 13, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Okay, let’s be honest: no one’s going to throw a bunch of teenage girls in prison. I just don’t believe that, however much they deserve it.

I can see the argument for not putting teenagers in jail and keeping them there until they are forty. And I can see the injustice in letting them off the hook at 21. We clearly need an intermediate system – keep the current juvie rules for younger teens, say up to 14; have some middle ground for 15 – 18 year olds where they are clearly not adults, but are way more morally culpable than a middle schooler.

Laura on April 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Dr. Phil Hispockets. Karma is a bitch..His hair will fall out. Oooops………..

adamsmith on April 13, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Dr. (Aw)Phil

Clever ;-)

Seriously, Dr. Phil gives bags filled with scum a reason to distance themselves from any comparisons.

Can Oprah shove this genie back into the bottle for humanity’s sake?

Claypigeon on April 13, 2008 at 1:32 PM

This parasite lives off the people who don’t have the intelligence or class not to make fools out of themselves in front of the world. In shrink-talk they’re narcissists with no boundaries; not to be confused with doctors without a country.

Christine on April 13, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Tanks Clay, I’m a pundamentalist ;-)

Christine on April 13, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Looks like the mighty Oprah has help create 2 monsters.

TroubledMonkey on April 13, 2008 at 1:35 PM

I was not aware you could get a PhD in lunacy.

scalleywag on April 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Anyone who watches Dr Phil, Oprah, or any of the other disgusting tripe on daytime TV are the true enablers.

This, and oh so much more vile content on these shows, would never happen, and they’d never have the means, if not for so many lowlife viewers patronizing their advertizers.

The true blame falls squarely on the laps of those who watch these shows and buy the advertizers products.

If you sit on your a$$ in front of the boob-tube watching these craptastic shows, you have no one to blame but yourself.

SilverStar830 on April 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Who gave him a doctorate…the Enquirer?

scalleywag on April 13, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Wade and AZCoyote,
I’ve never watched Dr. Phil either, but I do feel a need to take responsibility. Unless you live in a bubble, you’re participating in the culture one way or another. If you’re “offended” by my comments, that’s pretty strange.

dave_lantos on April 13, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Who gave him a doctorate…the Enquirer?

scalleywag on April 13, 2008 at 1:43 PM

The University of Oprah
Turning the minds of American television viewers into mush, one by one.

Kini on April 13, 2008 at 1:52 PM

The University of Oprah
Turning the minds of American television viewers into mush, one by one.

Kini on April 13, 2008 at 1:52 PM

HA! The University of Lunacy…turning American’s stomachs, one by one.

scalleywag on April 13, 2008 at 1:59 PM

When television shows start bailing high-profile criminals out of jail in order to secure them as guests, something has gone terribly wrong in the entertainment industry

This is what the legislature and the judge allowed to happen.

freevillage on April 13, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Frankly, one more reason to join me in boycotting 99.9% of TV.

HotAir.com and iTunes give me the TV I can stand – like political news (of course, MKH and Amanda Carpenter make it well worth my while) and of course, hands down, glorious videos of Americans taking the fight to the enemy!!!

HotAirJosef on April 13, 2008 at 2:19 PM

I’ve hated Dr. Phil since the minute his bald head appeared on book covers. Him, Oprah, Jerry Springer, Maury, Montel, Donahue and all those schmucks can roast on a spit in hell for all eternity as far as I’m concerned.

Now Morton Downey…he was occasionally entertaining.

MadisonConservative on April 13, 2008 at 2:20 PM

I’ve hated Dr. Phil since the minute his bald head appeared on book covers. Him, Oprah, Jerry Springer, Maury, Montel, Donahue and all those schmucks can roast on a spit in hell for all eternity as far as I’m concerned.

Now Morton Downey…he was occasionally entertaining.

MadisonConservative on April 13, 2008 at 2:20 PM

The Pompous AHole Club!

scalleywag on April 13, 2008 at 2:25 PM

And this guy is also the one who chastised the “Bum Fights” producer for abusing homeless people — Dr. Phil obviously never heard of the glass houses maxim.

Opportunistic to the extreme.

Richard Romano on April 13, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Opportunistic to the extreme.

Richard Romano on April 13, 2008 at 2:27 PM

AND, the same guy who tried to bully his way into Britney Spears life when she had a meltdown.

scalleywag on April 13, 2008 at 2:29 PM

I’ve hated Dr. Phil since the minute his bald head appeared on book covers. Him, Oprah, Jerry Springer, Maury, Montel, Donahue and all those schmucks can roast on a spit in hell for all eternity as far as I’m concerned.

Now Morton Downey…he was occasionally entertaining.

MadisonConservative on April 13, 2008 at 2:2

And Joe Pine. Anybody remember him?

Sloan Morganstern on April 13, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I mean Joe Pyne.

Sloan Morganstern on April 13, 2008 at 2:34 PM

Mercades Nichols is one of the eight teen girls who face charges in the case of the vicious beating posted on YouTube. She was bailed out by a representative of the show on Friday night, MyFOXTampaBay.com reported.

She is 17 and one of the 3 three that should get MORE than, Probation and Community Service, because of the added kidnapping charges.

Chakra Hammer on April 13, 2008 at 2:39 PM

What an oppurtunistic scumbag. Oprah created this monster, she must now destroy it.

ThePrez on April 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Thanks Oprah.

Chakra Hammer on April 13, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Wow. That tells you all you need to know about Dr. Phil. Unfortunately, I doubt he will experience much in the way of repercussions in our generally moronic society.

Django on April 13, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Okay, let’s be honest: no one’s going to throw a bunch of teenage girls in prison. I just don’t believe that, however much they deserve it. Their lawyers will convince them to put on pretty dresses and act like normal, recognizably human girl facsimiles in court, and they will, if not get off, be treated with kid gloves because nobody’s going to want to put the girls in prison.

You might want to re-think that. This is Florida and we take crime and punishment very seriously. Their jury will be mostly retirees who firmly believe: ‘Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.’

Originally only one 18 year old boy was charged as an adult the rest as juveniles. The charges were battery and unlawful imprisonment. The charges have since been elevated to felony kidnapping, battery, and for three of the them also witness tampering.All will be tried as adults. All face life in prison.

meci on April 13, 2008 at 3:10 PM

The guilty party here is us, the public…
dave_lantos on April 13, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Take responsibility for what you, yourself are responsible for in whatever means of private or public influence you are capable of having, but don’t try to spread the blame.

INC on April 13, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Seems that I was too pessimistic:

Be prepared to meet 3 of the misbehaving teens again in season 8 of American Idol.

Incidentally, Dr Phil was a celebrity guest at the recent Idol Gives Back.

Niko on April 13, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Here’s more info from the Lakeland Ledger on the upgraded charges: (my emphasis)

County Judge Angela Cowden spoke to them over a video transmission. They appeared before the judge to hear the new, upgraded charges against them and were given bail amounts…

Assistant State Attorney Vince Patrucco urged the judge to double the bail amounts for kidnapping, battery and tampering with a witness.

All eight teens face kidnapping and battery charges, and three also are charged with witness tampering.

“They acted in concert and conspired to get this person where she was attacked,” Patrucco said. “Everyone had a role in it. The attack was prolonged and egregious in nature.”

Cowden set bail on the kidnapping charges at $30,000 for each defendant, double the normal $15,000. Six received $1,000 bail on battery charges, and two, Hardcastle and Cooper, received $5,000 bail on that charge.

Three defendants – Mayes, Hardcastle and Nichols – received $2,000 bail on witness tampering charges.

The judge said the teens would essentially be under house arrest if they post bail.

Cowden also agreed to the prosecutor’s request that, if released, the teens follow 13 conditions as part of their release. They were warned to stay away from the victim, Victoria Lindsay, and her family. They were also ordered to not contact their co-defendants or anyone within their co-defendants’ immediate families.

The teenagers also are prohibited from making statements about the case, including through e-mail.

“You will not use any Internet chat room, social site, opinion forum, included, but not limited to, MySpace and YouTube,” Cowden said.

INC on April 13, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Thursday’s news said they would be tried as adults:

Eight teenagers accused of taking part in a videotaped beating of a 16-year-old Lakeland girl will be tried as adults, according to the state attorney’s office.

INC on April 13, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Consider the vector here. At its genesis, the show would not invite this kind of commentary. Now it does. Where does this show go after this? Are you worried about that Dr. Phil?

shaken on April 13, 2008 at 3:46 PM

They make it appear “certain staff” are some lowly rung of the gofer structure and not management. Does that mean the gofer’s don’t need approval from management for cutting bail checks? No request form by accounting? No approval signature by the head of the department?

I don’t think so. This is big boys CYA so they aren’t put into the position of admitting someone was drunk or on drugs and have to announce they are going to check into Revolving Door Rehab Center.

Dusty on April 13, 2008 at 4:01 PM

What an oppurtunistic scumbag. Oprah created this monster, she must now destroy it.

ThePrez on April 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Oprah is the Echidna of television show hosts.

Anyway, obligatory Mad TV Dr Phil spoof:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpBrkbr2GBU

Darth Executor on April 13, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Another Oprah creation.

Not surprised. He also sold out Britney Spears when he visited her in the mental facility. Such an opportunist.

Dubn8tr on April 13, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Him, Oprah, Jerry Springer, Maury, Montel, Donahue and all those schmucks can roast on a spit in hell for all eternity as far as I’m concerned.

Eternal damnation for being talk show hosts… Rev. Wright would be proud.

It’s amazing that people are actually calling out Oprah on this one. Dr. Phil is his own person with his own screwups. Oprah has essentially kicked him to the curb in favor of some other dude anyway. But since Oprah endorsed Obama, I guess that makes her Satan.

***
Dr. Philthy is a creep. His show’s producer was an absolute dickhead when he bailed out the girls. I realize that he had to protect them from the other press jackals, but Dude was a dick!

The Race Card on April 13, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Originally only one 18 year old boy was charged as an adult the rest as juveniles. The charges were battery and unlawful imprisonment. The charges have since been elevated to felony kidnapping, battery, and for three of the them also witness tampering.All will be tried as adults. All face life in prison.

Call me pessimistic, but I bet they won’t get much in the way of prison – probably along the Lohan line of sentencing.

Corsair on April 13, 2008 at 4:31 PM

You know, Dr. Phil fans are pretty angry, and maybe unstable. They always have outbursts.

I mean, every time I talk to a Dr. Phil fan, they say something like;

“You know, Dr. Phil says… OOOWWWW, why did you hit me!?!?!”

I don’t get it, they’re so angry.

Merovign on April 13, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Let’s do it!

Don’t slap, punch!
Don’t push, kick!

manfriend on April 13, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Eternal damnation for being talk show hosts… Rev. Wright would be proud.

Obama, is that you? Who said it’s for “being talk show hosts”?

It’s amazing that people are actually calling out Oprah on this one. Dr. Phil is his own person with his own screwups. Oprah has essentially kicked him to the curb in favor of some other dude anyway. But since Oprah endorsed Obama, I guess that makes her Satan.

The Race Card on April 13, 2008 at 4:26 PM

I agree that people shouldn’t blame her for this, but she really is Satan for the exact reason you outlined.

Darth Executor on April 13, 2008 at 4:43 PM

Him, Oprah, Jerry Springer, Maury, Montel, Donahue and all those schmucks can roast on a spit in hell for all eternity as far as I’m concerned.

You forgot to include Geraldo the Spittoligist.

meci on April 13, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Hey INC,
I’ll spread the blame as much as I like, thanks.

I don’t watch any of this stuff… I don’t even have a TV. I do feel personally responsible for not doing more to elevate our culture, though. I find it strange that there are people like you who are quick to distance themselves from any responsibility for their own civilization’s culture.

Unless you live in a bubble, you’re participating in the culture in one way or another. It’s odd that there are people who are offended by such an obvious truth. We all need to cooperate and work on ourselves to elevate our culture and get rid of scum like Dr. Phil.

dave_lantos on April 13, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Now Morton Downey…he was occasionally entertaining.

I worked with him back in 1984 when he was an afternoon radio ‘host’ on WERE-AM in Cleveland. Trust me – he was far from entertaining to deal/work with.

Blue-eyed Infidel on April 13, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Let Dr. Laura have them for an hour.

labrat on April 13, 2008 at 8:41 PM

What an oppurtunistic scumbag. Oprah created this monster, she must now destroy it.

ThePrez on April 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM

…after she destroys the first monster she created that’s about to capture the Democrat nomination.

labrat on April 13, 2008 at 8:43 PM

I’ve never watched his crap.

Dr. Manhattan on April 13, 2008 at 1:13 PM

I’m with you…………….

Seven Percent Solution on April 13, 2008 at 8:58 PM

We all need to cooperate and work on ourselves to elevate our culture and get rid of scum like Dr. Phil.

dave_lantos on April 13, 2008 at 7:04 PM

I don’t know how you can assume that none of us have been working on ourselves to elevate the culture (or that we haven’t been encouraging others to do likewise).

Among other things, I’ve spent the last twenty-two+ years rearing my kids and teaching them so they won’t be like Dr. Phil and his ilk. I have a daughter now in college who has steadily gone against the flow of garbage there.

Encourage people, but don’t assume that no one’s lifted a finger to change anything.

INC on April 13, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Let Dr. Laura have them for an hour.

labrat on April 13, 2008 at 8:41 PM

That sounds like a plan.

INC on April 13, 2008 at 10:53 PM

I don’t know how you can assume that none of us have been working on ourselves to elevate the culture (or that we haven’t been encouraging others to do likewise).

Not entirely sure where I assumed that.

Encourage people, but don’t assume that no one’s lifted a finger to change anything.

We’re clearly both on the same side here, facing a common enemy. I know lots of people who are working hard to fight the disintegration of our culture, so I’m not sure what would give you the impression that I think noone’s lifting a finger to change anything.

I have no interest in fighting with you… we are on the same team, and you sound like a wonderful soul who’s working hard to change our culture. I wish you all the best.

dave_lantos on April 13, 2008 at 11:37 PM

What an oppurtunistic scumbag. Oprah created this monster, she must now destroy it

ThePrez on April 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM

… we must now make them both retire into anonymity, where they belong. What a couple of whoring media retches.

Jaibones on April 13, 2008 at 11:44 PM

wretches

Jaibones on April 13, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Mercades?

Mercades??

Reaps on April 14, 2008 at 5:19 AM

I would very much like to see the parents of the girl who got beaten up demand a public apology from Dr. Phil for pulling a stupid stunt like this, and at the same time demand that the public stop trying to paint the gutless wonders who beat her as being the victims in this case. At the same time, I think that Dr. Phil would be advised to do some serious damage control here by firing the morons who bailed the one girl out in the first place.

pilamaye on April 14, 2008 at 7:27 AM

Dr. Phil is just Jerry Springer light. He wouldn’t be anything without the millions of mindless idiots who watch his show. Unfortunately, those millions of idiots vote, which is the only reason the Democrat Party continues to exist.

orlandocajun on April 14, 2008 at 7:51 AM

Mercades?

Mercades??

Reaps on April 14, 2008 at 5:19 AM

I know! Not to be a snob or anything but that was the first thing I thought. Then again, consider the source and what they spawned.

foxforce91 on April 14, 2008 at 9:45 AM

What an oppurtunistic scumbag. Oprah created this monster, she must now destroy it

In Hebrew he’d be called a golem – a monster of your own creation that turns on you and who now you must destroy.

abcurtis on April 14, 2008 at 10:19 AM

The guilty party here is us, the public, who watch this crap and thus contribute to Dr. Phil’s ratings, encouraging him to do more things like this. We are complicit.

That would be “we the public.” I’ve never watched that show, and haven’t seen an episode of Oprah for 10 years, except for when it was playing in a waiting room where I couldn’t change the channel.

I’ve not seen Survivor or American Idol or any of those other dumb shows either. So I’m not taking any blame for this crap, thankyouverymuch.

funky chicken on April 14, 2008 at 10:25 AM

I would rather watch Springer anyway, if the Springer show can not make you feel better about yourself nothing will.

Since I retired three years ago, I made it a daily practice to watch Jerry, for the amusement if nothing else. But about a month ago he had a series of shows with Jason – a 400 pound gay guy who dressed like a woman and liked to run around on stage in just his drawers on. It had now gone past amusement to just plain disgusting. I thought, what good is this doing me? None, I answered and stopped watching. I just found out my cable provider no longer carries Jerry. There are better things to do anyway.

abcurtis on April 14, 2008 at 10:27 AM

funky chicken,
You are the forth person to respond in this way. It surprises me that there are people who get so defensive about this, and I really don’t understand it. We are on the same team you and I, and are facing a formidable common enemy, so I have no interest in diverting resources and fighting you as well. I personally do not own a TV, and haven’t watched any TV in several years. Yet, I do feel a need to take responsibility for my civilization’s degraded culture, simply because I am a citizen here. Unless one lives in a bubble, one is participating in the culture in one way or another.

dave_lantos on April 14, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Pardon me, “fourth”, not “forth”.

dave_lantos on April 14, 2008 at 11:57 AM

with a name like Mercades Nichols I blame the parents..

DaveC on April 14, 2008 at 2:10 PM

According to the linked article, “The trial was moved from Kenosha County to Racine County because of extensive media coverage about the incident.”

Besides the lack of film, might one of the reasons it didn’t receive national coverage be that the perpetrators are minorities, not something the media wants to highlight?

It reminds me of Citibank’s Identity theft commercials, plenty of the victims were minorities but none of the voices of the perpetrators appeared to be.

clghitis on April 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM