The Media: Woven Misconceptions

In my close circle of friends, who are mostly Criminologist, the courts are our playgrounds where we like to visit and practice our crafts and skills. With the sensational trial now taking place, perhaps the biggest in British Columbia’s history, and probably in all of Canada, a chance to sit and watch would be an honor beyond any expectation, and certainly something to be part of history as the events unfold. A friend, and college, sat and watched yesterday, day three of the trial. We spoke on the phone as she filled me in on what the Crown had presented for the day, the accused’s video-taped interrogation by the police which took up the whole day and would take a further couple more days for the jury to watch as the video was over eleven hours long. But her biggest news was not the trial itself, but the media and how they would hound and jump all over anyone who came out of the courtroom building, and then would beg you for any information. She said they were like “vultures who had no mercy on anyone who walk out of the building.” From her perspective and accounts of what was presented from the courtroom, and what she finally heard on the news later that day are two different accounts: she was clearly angered by this. Only a select few had an unobstructed view of the TV monitor that played the interrogation, and the audio was good enough to be heard if you were right inside the viewing area, thus the main points of what was played never reached the airwaves of the media, instead they painted more of a obscured picture that labeled the accused guilty. Her final analysis is: turn off your TV, radio , and skip the pages of the news paper because the accountability of the media is so far off and bias that you might as well spend the time to sit in the courtroom to hear what the truth actually is.

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