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trial by television

A situation in which a person's guilt is decided by the population at large due to negative coverage by televised media outlets. Also phrased as "trial by the media." While the stories about the former CEO are all horrifying, right now they are just that: stories. We cannot allow trial by television to become the new means by which to condemn our citizens, who still enjoy the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.
See also: by, television, trial

peak TV

The period of proliferation of TV shows in the late 2010s resulting in a multitude of quality programs across streaming, cable, and broadcast platforms. The phrase, attributed to CEO of FX Networks John Landgraf, originally referred to the seeming unsustainability of such a large number of shows. It's peak TV, and I'm actively watching eight different shows, not including the ones I want to watch but don't have time to!
See also: peak, TV

trial by television (or the media)

discussion of a case or controversy on television or in the media involving or implying accusations against a particular person.
See also: by, television, trial
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With fewer than 13% of American households relying on over-the-air reception for their TV signal, we don't need a digital broadcast tuner embedded in every new television in order to accelerate the DTV transition," Shapiro added.
When dominant Americans chastise the nonexistent phenomena of the "masses" and their mass medium" of television, with its evil content, what they are really endeavoring is to disparage and suppress the culture of dominated Americans.
Once network television was the only home entertainment game in town, but now less than 50 percent of available eyeballs are watching ABC, CBS or NBC.
He talked about how official television might record all this material, but it would never be made available to him, and so he had to create his own library.
Reading Adatto's new study has helped me to understand that the 1980 campaign probably transformed television campaign coverage most dramatically.
Movies that do violate the expected moral framework about violence, or that come close to the line (Bad Lieutenant), will generally not make it to television.