The Press On Trial

The Press On Trial

by Lloyd Jr. Chiasson
     
 

Perhaps no drama catches the interest of the American public more than a spectacular trial. Even though the reporting of a crime may quickly diminish in news value, the trial lingers while drama builds. Although this has become seemingly more pronounced in recent years with the popularity of televised trials, public interest in criminal trials was just as high in

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Perhaps no drama catches the interest of the American public more than a spectacular trial. Even though the reporting of a crime may quickly diminish in news value, the trial lingers while drama builds. Although this has become seemingly more pronounced in recent years with the popularity of televised trials, public interest in criminal trials was just as high in 1735 when John Peter Zenger defended his right to free speech, or in 1893 when Lizzie Borden was tried for the murder of her father and stepmother. This book tells the stories of sixteen significant trials in American history and their media coverage, from the Zenger trial in 1735 to the O. J. Simpson trial in 1995. Each chapter relates the history of events leading up to the trial, the people involved, and how the crimes and subsequent trials were reported.

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Each of 16 essays describes a trial in American history, the events leading up to it, the people involved, and how the crime and subsequent trial were reported. They do not consider the effects of media coverage or freedom-of-the-press issues. The cases begin with that of John Peter Zenger in 1735 and include the Boston Massacre, John Brown, the Haymarket Massacre, John Scopes, Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs, the Chicago Seven, Charles Manson, William Calley, and of course O. J. Simpson. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313300226
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1997
Series:
Contributions to the Study of Mass Media and Communications Series
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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