trial by media

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trial by media

1. A term for the impact that extensive media coverage of a trial has on the reputations of those involved in the legal proceedings. With its televised car chases, doctored magazine photos, and round-the-clock news coverage, the OJ Simpson trial is possibly the most obvious example of trial by media. Any time a political figure is involved in a scandal like this, you can count trial by media being a big part of the proceedings.
2. The determination of guilty by news outlets and users of social media (as opposed to an actual trial through the criminal justice system). Many news pundits are speaking as if the actor's guilt is a forgone conclusion, when no criminal charges have even been made yet. This is sort of trial by media needs to stop! I made one joke in really poor taste on social media that went viral, and now my whole career has been ruined thanks to the trial by media that ensued.
See also: by, media, trial
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