Should TV cameras be allowed in court? This essay was for a level 300 pych & law class and looks at the pros and cons in how it affects the participants in a trial

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Television and Courts

The media has frequently expressed their right and responsibility to present current news to the public. Many times this responsibility to the public interferes with a person's privacy or the practices of many systems, for example the court systems. Courts provide a service to the general public as well as the media, but these services have collided with increasing occurrence. Those involved often express how the court process would operate smoother if the media were not concerned. Specifically American media has taken much responsibility for causing difficulties. Simply by watching foreign news accounts one can see a large difference in the presentation of current events. Mainly, the accounts are not sensationalized, more relevant to society, and objective. The public's right to know of significant trials and laws that effect society should not be ignored, but the processes of the courts should be respected first.

The goal of the media is not the same as it once was, the media now cares more about ratings and the public's demand for extreme drama rather than news that is important for society to know.

The media often bends the truth to create a more appealing news story marketable to a larger demographic than those seeking legitimate and accurate news from the outside world. Result of sensationalistic methods is a manipulation of the public's opinion, which taints the court's sample of jurors. Sensationalism also taints the evidence as well. The media overstates certain parts of the evidence that they see as important and ignore other evidence. These tactics of the media can be seen in most every broadcast and billions of people are affected. Those also affected are the lawyers, judges, and defendants involved in the trail. Many psychological studies have shown people do not act natural around cameras, especially knowing...