Have the Media in South Africa usurped the Court’s exclusive right to try accused persons?
ALSO COMING UP…
In the equally circumstantial Micheal Jackson child molestation case, the Defence opposed having cameras in court because they didn’t want witnesses watching each other.
Can we learn something from a British Judge’s repremand of Primeminister David Cameron over public speaking in the trial of Celebrity Chef – Nigella Lawson?
JUSTICE ON TRIAL
The ‘Honourable Media’ presiding…
Ladies and gentlement, you may be seated.
* end of mockery *
Aquired Television Expert Syndrome
I watch alot of soccer on tv.
Consiquently, I think and behave like an ‘expert.’ I never miss an opportunity to argue with somebody of a different oppinion or aligence. Infact, I think I ‘know’ better than the referee 🙂
I think I’m even better at coaching than Sir Alex Ferguson. Funny part is – I have never coached one, nor do I have one to coach or play against 😦
– Now, that’s what I like to call Aquired Television Expert Syndrome (ATES): which simply means copying or practicing what you learn on tv with a know-it-all attitude. This television pandemic makes patients jump to conclusions. (In lawyer language: Prejudice!)
Like wise, the more we watch the Oscar Pistorius trial, the ATES ‘some of us’ get. ‘Some’ trial witnesses aren’t immune to ATES either. For example:
Carl Johnson testified after his wife (Michelle Burger) in the Pistorius trial but, because of the Defence lawyer’s terifying demeanor, Mr Johnson decided to copy his wife’s style of giving evidence: praised by journalists for ‘standing her ground’.
Ofcourse it didn’t work. It only made Defence Counsel Barry Roux prove that both tailored their evidence (‘4 gun shots’) to fit what was in the public domain. (It’s the tv’s fault..don’t worry.)
Michelle Burger was also unwilling to concede to obvious “yes” or “no” questions from Defence advocate Barry Roux – hence, Ms Burger was making arguments on behalf of prosecutor Gerrie Nel – which is not her job as a ‘witness’.
It’s all about ratings in the tv business.
Business is – and will be – booming for the opportunist media houses because of the dramatisation of court procedure, all thanks to the court order saught by eNCA, Primedia and Multichoice.
Commercial broadcasters Multichoice (Dstv) and Primedia (EWN) partnered to create a 24 hour – Carte Blanche produced – channel (Dstv 199) dedicated to the Oscar Pistorius trial.
@OscarTrial199 @carteblanchetv Please show the interview/ documentary with Robert Shapiro & Subniv Babuta again only saw a portion of it.
17:37 | Mon, Mar 10 | 2014 █
The channel airs prejudicial content packaged in documentaries by writer/producer/anchor Subniv Babuta, a former BBC presenter. Babuta does daily interviews with famous American lawyer, Robert Shapiro on “The Oscar Trial Channel 199.” (Yes… that’s what they call it…)
Sabniv Babuta’s THE BURDEN OF TRUTH [17 Seconds]
The Carte Blanche anchors and their expert guest analysis leaves alot to be said about Mr Pistorius’ presumption of innocence.
Compared to their equally prejudicial – and – desperate rival (eNCA), Carte Blanche Channel 199’s ratings have gone through the roof. (With a fat bank account, I presume)
‘Keeping Up With The Pistorians’
Dubed the trial of century, the Oscar Pistorius trial is more reality television drama than a court trial. Besides the accused on trial, what is also on trial is the trial itself, those trying the trial and how the trial is tried.
The rise of the Pistorians (die hard fans), gives everyone following the trial an ominous breeze (trolling on-and-offline).
Carte Blanche anchor Bongani Bingwa ‘s hippie expressions and frequent use of the word “dramatic” in the early trial days – spells out the uncalled-for excitement by some Jounalists. Hence, viewers can’t be blamed for mistaking the trial for Keeping Up With The Kardashians, a U.S. reality tv drama.
Emma Sadleir @EmmaSadleir:
Wow already 7th day of @OscarTrial199. Tonight I chat to lawyer @DavidDadic and unpack the day’s events in court, incl the Tweeting issue
17:57 | Tue, Mar 11 | 2014 █
Justice For Reeva Steenkamp or Public Entertainment?
Oneal ™ @Onizee:
I think i want Subniv Babuta narrating my story after i am dead he’d make anything sound interesting!!! @OscarTrial199 #OscarTrial
09:31 | Mon, Mar 10 | 2014 █