I remember when I thought the concept of Court TV was laid out as a place to watch gavel-to-gavel coverage of high profile trials. That sounded so simple and so sincere that it had to be a good idea. During court breaks there were correspondents that took the neutral approach and reported on what happened but later the anchorharpies arrived on the scene led by Nancy Grace.
The objectivity ended and the prosecution was aided on every trial by the anchorharpies misstating the testimony to the viewers and of course those members of various juries that were violating rules about watching news coverage of the trials they are supposed to be serving. The actual courtroom coverage began to shrink in favor of a pro-prosecution and pro-victim’s rights infotainment platform.
KTLA-TV has real gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Phil Spector Trial. The bad part of the KTLA is during the breaks when Marta Waller rambles on with a pro-prosecution slant while insisting she is somehow neutral. Since they don't trade real trial coverage to hear Marta's opinions KTLA-Tv's web site is a far better place to see that trial. Perhaps when all the evidence is in Ms. Waller will learn a little from Judge Fidler's bias and Alan Jackson's win at any cost methods.
The Internet brought us forums for Court TV and other media outlets inviting the general public to comment on the trials. Even before the opening statements are made the good people on these forums have taken the side of the prosecution. They are the modern day lynch mobs.
These trial junkies cry for the so-called victims and demand maximum punishment for every defendant even before the first witness is sworn. Should posters dare offer an alternative view other than guilt, the resident posters demand that the poster be banned as some kind of a disrespectful victim hater. These trial wathers have the view that if any defendant who is acquitted is the result of a stupid jury.
My blog has been ravaged by at least two such forums, Court TV and KTLA-TV over my coverage and commentary of the Phil Spector Murder trial. My name has been taken in vain and they’ve called me everything but a human. I guess being singled out by these lynch mobs as a venom target is not such a bad thing.
Many of my readers notice that I only cover cases where I see injustice. Most of the high profile trials seem to be on the square and don’t need my attention. For the people on these trial watching forums, they need to live in a place like China where people are tried and executed with lightening speed often for far lesser crimes than murder.