trial by television

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: trial

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: trial
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But that's what they are I'm afraid, it's trial by television," he said.
The committee will also investigate the telecast of confessional statements of the accused persons under trial by television channels.
Sunderland now face a trial by television next Wednesday when they travel to face champions Chelsea live on BT Sport.
LIVERPOOL will face trial by television after their Capital One Cup clash with Bournemouth was chosen for live coverage.
AFTER the jubilation of last weekend's victory over Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, Newcastle United's trial by television continues when they visit White Hart Lane tomorrow to face Andre Villas Boas'Tottenham.
5 million tournament after Friday's second round but got his marching orders after suffering trial by television.
Forget the afternoon shows about neighbourhood disputes and cheating lovers, this is real trial by television.
On June 14, 2011, the court allowed the live broadcast of the trial by television and radio but subject to certain guidelines of the trial court.
And this week the West Brom boss has defended Premier League referees from trial by television.
Harrington became the latest victim of trial by television in the sport for an incident during his opening 65 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
If the referee is going to face trial by television, then why shouldn't the players?
POLITICIANS often complain about trial by television - but councillors in Coventry are eager to submit to just that.
But in a lengthy statement Mr Thorpe said: 'The format of this programme is like a trial by television.
Owen Coyle last night warned Scotland's new batch of imports they'll have to prove themselves with a trial by television when they face Dundee United tonight.
FA chiefs are waiting on referee Michael Oliver's report but it is believed he did not see it and therefore both players could face trial by television.