Call me crazy but, somehow, I just always thought a news station would always practice integrity when it comes to reporting the news. How silly am I?

Contrary to television reports, the family of Caylee Anthony says it is not seeking donations to pay for the toddler’s funeral.

A release from Brad Conway, who represents George and Cindy Anthony, was sent out at 1:42 a.m. today.

The release states: “The Anthonys appreciate and respect the public’s show of love and affection for little Caylee, their only granddaughter. It is their intention to have both a private ceremony as well as a public ceremony. The Anthonys want to begin the process of healing not only for themselves but for our entire community.”

The release adds that any money “held in any account dedicated to finding Caylee” will be given to a nonprofit group, yet undetermined, that helps find missing children.

“The public memorial will have to be located at a large venue so that everyone who wants to pay their last respects to this beautiful child may do so,” Conway’s release says.

And he concludes, “I want emphatically to state that the Anthony family is NOT requesting funeral donations for Caylee Marie Anthony.”

WFTV-Channel 9 reported Monday that the grandparents were seeking donations to bury Caylee. WFTV repeated the story Tuesday morning.


WFTV-Channel 9’s Mary Nguyen reported that George and Cindy Anthony might ask for donations to bury Caylee. “The Anthonys are hoping the public will pay for their granddaughter’s funeral,” Nguyen said.

Notice how WFTV is careful to use the word “might”. It’s not their fault that the gossips took it from there and it turned into “will ask”. Or, at least, that’s what they’ll argue in court:

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