Study shows how ‘mob journalism’ helps convict the innocent

NB: The Orlando Sentinel which is currently ‘covering’ Bill is cited in the PDF as one of the worst perpetrators of ‘mob journalism’ being used to convict the innocent:

” They didn’t get it from the press, which instead threw gasoline on the fire. It was mob
journalism at its most incendiary, and the worst offender was the biggest newspaper in
the region, the Orlando Sentinel.”

 

 

Wrongful Convictions Blog

“The media has won deserved credit for its role in exposing wrongful convictions,” The Crime Report says. “But there are many examples of compliant coverage of prosecutors and law enforcement authorities who rush to convict the innocent on flimsy or phony evidence.”

To prove its point, the web site has published a study by crime journalist David J. Krajicek that focuses on three examples — the 1949 case of Florida’s “Groveland Four”; the conviction of Kirk Bloodsworth in the 1985 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl near Baltimore; and the conviction of Walter McMillian for the 1986 murder of a clerk in Monroeville, Ala.

All three cases are good examples of how the news media frequently follow — and sometimes lead — police and prosecutors down the rabbit hole of bias and tunnel vision. You can read the excellent study here.

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