Girl Jailed For YouTube Teen Beating Bailed Out By Dr. Phil Show Staff

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How far will the staff of some shows go to get big ratings? This far:

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.

“These staff members have been spoken to and our policies reiterated. In addition, we have decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised,” Corigliano wrote in the statement.

Keep this post and bookmark this story. Will the girl eventually appear on Dr. Phil’s show? If so, the show’s explanation will prove to be….inaccurate.

In an earlier story TMZ noted that when it comes to jumping into big stories, Dr. Phil is a serial offender:

Apparently Dr. Phil didn’t learn much from his interference with Britney Spears. Paging Dr. Fame whore.

The talk show host has allegedly posted bond, which was set at $33,000, for one of the eight teens that was arrested for severely beating another teenager in Florida. The highly publicized case has been in the news for over a week now, and Dr. Phil must want some of that action.

A bail bondsman told several local media outlets that Mercades Nichols, who has been widely reported as the alleged “ringleader,” had her bond paid by the show’s producers. When Nichols left the jail, a man who claimed to be a producer for the Dr. Phil show helped escort Nichols and her mom.

Mercades’s grandmother recently told local reporters that she didn’t have the money to bail her granddaughter out.

According to reports, the producer then told reporters to leave the jail because the Dr. Phil show had exclusive rights to the delinquent’s story. He did not comment on if Dr. Phil had helped pay for her bond.

This was how another earlier story by Fox News described how it was known Dr. Phil’s people bailed the girl out:

Mercades Nichols, one of eight teens charged in the brutal attack which was captured on a YouTube video, was bailed out by a representative of the show on Friday night, according to a report from MyFOXTampaBay.com.

A judge on Friday set bails ranging from $30,000 to $37,000 for the teenagers.

The Dr. Phil representative was waiting by the jail’s exit, and when Nichols walked out, he tried to block Tampa TV station camera people from getting video of Nichols and her family leaving jail.

TV news and TV talk shows are always focused on “the get” which is getting the big news makers who are at the center of flavor-of-the-week huge news stories. The clear reason: to attract big audiences with guests that won’t and can’t appear on other competing shows.

So remember this story — and the show’s statement that it won’t do it now.

But here is the bottom line: when shows get sensational guests, they usually get the ratings, which increases ad revenues…so their behavior (even in bailing out teens accused of beating up another teen) is rewarded when people tune in.

And then the cycle continues.

8 Comments

  1. Joe, thanks for posting this – I've never heard anything like it. I don't watch Dr Phil or any similar shows. This is absolutely disgusting and beyond the pale. I was just at a day-long conference hosted by James Garbarino on violence and aggression among kids, with a focus on bullying and also on aggression in girls. Dr. Phil really needs to be deprived his space – this is just out of control.

  2. I totally agree with Jill. This is disgusting by Dr. Phil.

    Also,Joe, thanks for reminding us that even if Dr. Phil doesn't go with the story eventually his show will still have benefited from the publicity.

    I've watched the Dr. Phil show a couple times and when he is moderating discussion among people with issues to work out- that's fine. I never much cared for it but I thought it was benign and relatively harmless. But Dr. Phil does like to tell people what to do and he does like to meddle. I'm afraid the show has gone from its original intent to being a “media ambulance chaser”, so caught up in ratings that it has sold itself to the devil.

    I think this is one of the problems with our country today- people's attention are only caught by dramatic scenes. There is very little civil discourse. Thankfully we still have shows like 60 Minutes and the Sunday morning shows, most of which are even. Too bad they air when people are in church…

  3. When there are incidents like this , everyone is shocked and amazed.
    Yet, the groundwork is laid everywhete,, by adults.

    Look at what passes for debate in politics, by politicians and the public alike. Aggression and animosity blankett everything. Aggression with words is only one step away from aggression by deeds.
    Ours is not a 'civil' society, so we should not be surprised that out children are equally addicted to aggression.
    As a matter of fact, it began with words. . The girl that was beaten was bad-mouthing others on My Space, much like many blogs and talk jocks do.
    Of course, the children involved should not be excused, but neither should the adults who laid the groundwork tor them.

    It takes a culture to lead to these incidents.

  4. runasim, you're right on.

  5. how are you supposed to teach these teens to not do things like this??? Well, here is your answer: YOU CAN'T!!!! YOU KNOW WHY???? BECAUSE EITHER FAMILY OR SOMEONE WHO HAS THE MONEY IS GOING TO FEEL SORRY FOR THEM THAT THEY ARE IN JAIL AND THERE GOING TO BAIL THEM OUT!!!!! ITS RIDICULOUS!!!!! I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND IM ONLY 15,,AND THE NEXT STATE TO BE THE GANG STATE IS FLORIDA!!!!! ONE MOM OF THE TEENS WHO WERE BEATING THE OTHER TEEN UP SAID THAT IT WAS THE GIRL WHO WAS BEING BEATEN UPS FAULT!!!! I FEEL VERY SORRY FOR THIS (CHEERLEADER)TEEN WHO GOT BEATEN UP!!!! I DO NOT THINK ANYONE DESERVES TO BE BEATEN UP AT ALL!!!!!!! SO,,,,THE TEEN WHO GOT BAILED OUT OF JAIL IS GOING TO EITHER BEAT SOMEONE ELSE UP,,,OR BEAT UP THE SAME GIRL…..IF THERE WAS A WAY TO KEEP ANYONE FROM BAILING HER OUT THEN I WOULD DO IT!!!!! I THINK IT IS UNFAIR FOR ANYONE TO ALMOST KILL SOMEONE THEN GET BAILED OUT OF JAIL!!!!!!! AND THE GIRL WHO GOT BEATEN UP HAS TO PAY FOR SOMETHING THAT SHE DIDNT EVEN DO!!!!
    THE GIRL WHO GOT BEATEN UP SUPPOSABLE SAID ON MYSPACE SOMETHING BAD ABOUT ONE OF THE GIRLS WHO WAS BEATEN HER UP,,,WHEN IT WAS ACTUALLY NOT HER!!! IT WAS ONE OF THEIR FRIENDS!!! REALLY NICE FRIENDS HUHHHH!!!!! WELL ANYWAYS IF SHE DID SAY SOMETHING ABOUT HER THERE IS STILL NO REASON WATSOEVER TO BEAT SOMEONE UP!!! ESPECIALLY LIKE THAT!!!!!!!

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