Tabloid Justice: U. S. Criminal Justice in an Age of Media Frenzy

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Arguing that the US has entered an era in which the mass media tend to focus on the "sensationalistic, personal, lurid, and tawdry details" of high-profile trials and investigations, the authors (political science, Union College and Purdue U., respectively) illustrate that the way in which legal information is presented by the mass media distorts the public's view of reality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555879136
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii
Preface xi
Introduction: A Time of Tabloid Justice 1
Part 1 From Journalism to Sensationalism
1 Looking for This Week's "Trial of the Century" 23
2 The Mainstream Media Go Tabloid 53
3 Tabloid Justice and the Evolution of New Media 87
Part 2 The Impact of the Media Culture on Public Attitudes Toward the Criminal Justice System
4 Public Opinion, Trial Coverage, and Faith in the Criminal Justice System 121
5 Race, Gender, Class, and Tabloid Justice 151
Part 3 Conclusion
6 Is There Any Escape from Tabloid Justice? 185
Appendix A 195
Appendix B 199
Bibliography 209
Index 217
About the Book 225
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