Reporters Ask No Tough Questions of "Sex Kitten" Jodi Arias on Eve of Sentencing

Just watched the interview of Jodi Arias by Mark Curtis of Channel 12 (KNXV-TV), Troy Hayden of Channel 10 (KSAZ-AZ) and Ryan Owens of ABC News.

In what may be one of the last TV interviews of Arias, since prison interviews aren't normally allowed, Curtis and Hayden -- who'd been invited by Arias -- failed to ask any tough questions. Probably, they figured Arias would get up and walk away if they did.

But the result is that a woman who planned and carried out a horrifying murder, and who continues to lie about how it happened, comes off looking like a victim. Seems like a lack of media morality all in the name of ratings. Real-life Natural Born Killers stuff.

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With a quick-but-stylish makeover, Arias, who's waiting today along with millions worldwide to learn whether she'll be sentenced to death, was allowed to criticize the prosecutor who attempted to bring justice to her brutal crime, claim she wasn't lying when she said she wanted the death penalty, lied that she apologized yesterday for killing Travis Alexander and bleat that she was "betrayed" by the jury.

Curtis asked softball after unbelievable softball: Did she think she was overly possessive? Why have you become so hated? Would you date Travis again? Did Juan Martinez cross the line from doing a good job for the state of Arizona to being abusive? What would you say to all those people who see you as a sex kitten?

A slightly hard question -- did her upbringing influence what happened (we call it slightly hard because her upbringing was fairly normal, with no documented abuse, and thus in no way explains why she went psycho on Alexander) -- was declined by Arias with no follow-up by the reporter.

In 2008, Mesa police proved that Jodi Arias planned the June 4, 2008, murder before she drove to Travis Alexander's home. Juan Martinez, deputy county attorney, served up tough love to the lying murderess and destroyed Arias' every lie with cold evidence. The jury agreed the murder was premeditated and has only yet to decide whether she should be executed for it.

Arias' knife wasn't soft, and neither is she. A hardened killer like her shouldn't be treated like a kitten -- by anyone.

Yeah, she would have stormed out if she'd made the mistake of invited us.

Ryan Owens of ABC News threw one reasonably critical question to her: When is she going to stop lying and tell the truth about what happened?

Arias said she didn't know how to respond to that, then called Owens a "hater" and implied she wouldn't have invited him if she'd known he was going to be so tough. The audio fades out as he protests and it's unclear from the editing just how the conversation went, but the smiling -- Owens calls her "smug" -- Arias allowed the interview to proceed.


Below, links to the interviews.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.