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Do CNN’s Split-Screen Anchors Hate Each Other? Also, Jodi Arias Guilty

Philip Bump, The Atlantic Wire

May 8, 2013

In a Phoenix courthouse late Wednesday afternoon, Jodi Arias was found guilty of murder, as covered extensively by CNN’s multiple anchors, all of whom were standing fairly near one another, as they were the day before, rather inexplicably. It’s one of the more interesting mysteries that has occurred in the southwestern city in recent history: Why won’t Nancy Grace just walk over to be interviewed by Ashleigh Banfield?

As was the case on Tuesday, Banfield is clearly just out of the shot that’s picturing Grace.

What’s strange, though, is that other people are able to walk over to Banfield to be interviewed. Here, she turns to another person standing next to her.

There are a few options for why Grace didn’t do so. At the time of the Arias verdict, Grace was also anchoring CNN’s Headline News. It’s unclear if she was at the time that Banfield was speaking with her, but it may have been too cumbersome to remove her microphone, etc., and simply head down the street. (Requests for comment from CNN were not returned.) It is also possible that Grace has a contractual stipulation that mandates she not appear on-screen with another CNN personality; we frankly don’t watch her enough to know. A third possibility is that there was some sort of physical obstruction that we couldn’t see. Maybe a force field.

Previously, on CNN.

WATCH: CNN Anchor Bullies Amanda Knox Over Rumors Of ‘Sexual Deviance’

By Aviva Shen, ThinkProgress

May 8, 2013 at 7:32 pm

When Amanda Knox was accused of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007, the prosecution and the Italian media helped fuel baseless but titillating rumors that Knox was a sex fiend who killed Kercher for refusing to participate in an orgy. On Tuesday night, Chris Cuomo attempted to bully and shame the 25-year-old with his own theories about her sex life.

Cuomo peppered Knox with invasive questions about her sexual preferences, demanding to know if she was hiding “freaky sexual things.”

As Knox became more agitated and appeared to be on the verge of tears, Cuomo continued to insist that someone must have told the prosecution that Knox had a secret kinky sex life, even asserting, “you’re a freak!”

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