Sign this petition to ask our law makers to remove all courtroom proceedings from networks that favor ratings over truth. Let us ask congress to pass legislation to only broadcast trials on a network similar to CSPAN, that is, proceedings only, no commentary, no commercials.
There is a reason why one cannot quote the 1st Amendment as a right to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater. Why??? Because it creates a dangerous environment. The same should be true for yelling "Guilty!" about someone who is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, especially to a mob hungry for someone to hate.
This latest debacle with HLN where guilt was presumed long before the trial began and then continual biased and hateful commentary was spewed thereafter has brought to light the value of the almighty dollar over providing fair and balanced coverage. This is particularly despicable considering many of these talking heads are supposed lawyers who at some point vowed to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Instead they turned this defendant's fight for justice (and, indeed, for her life) into a sensationalized reality show, replete with mock trials and mock juries who, after being fed unsubstantiated "facts", voted her guilty night after night in front of a viewing audience growing more and more hungry for blood. And then, as if to add insult to injury, to have an internist, who once vowed to "first do no harm", providing unprofessional psychiatric diagnoses of defendants for mass consumption by lynch mobs is beyond the pale.
Please sign this petition: NO MORE TRIALS BY COMMERCIALIZED MASS MEDIA, that is, only broadcast trials on a network similar to CSPAN.
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