Excerpted from tabloid justice criminal justice in an age of media frenzy second edition 2 the mainstream media go tabloid 61 3 tabloid justice and the evolution of new media 97 part 2 the impact of the media culture on public attitudes 4 public opinion trial coverage and faith in the criminal justice system 135 5 race gender class . In their new book tabloid justice criminal justice in an age of media frenzy richard fox and robert van sickel have dissected how the increasingly entertainment oriented news media have covered such high profile legal cases the authors show how growing familiarity with celebrity criminal cases has distorted our understanding of the u s . Few would disagree that we have entered an age of tabloid justice one in which the sensationalistic and often tawdry details of criminal cases have become the centrepiece of news coverage. Editorial reviews 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 publics view of reality. This new edition of tabloid justice reveals that although the media focus on high profile criminal trials is thought by many to have diminished in the years since the september 11 terrorist attacks the polarized partisan coverage of these trials has in fact intensified the authors investigate the profoundly negative impact of the medias coverage of the criminal justice system coverage
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