FEAR

I knew sooner or later some media outlet was going to delve into the subject of bloggers being granted a reserved seat in the courtroom. Lo and behold our local cable owned tv table is the first out of the gate:

http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2011/april/235464/Casey-Anthony-trial:-should-bloggers-be-allowed-in-the-courtroom

This is a debate that has been around for quite some time, long before anyone ever heard of Casey Anthony or any of the other high profile cases in this area.

The take by the Brighthouse channel 13 has to do with those who are PAID or NOT PAID. I would suppose that the atty consultant for another media outlet is a-ok since the station is paying him and he IS a lawyer afterall.

The problem is, however, is that I do not find anything in the constitution that says anything about freedom of the press as long as the press is a “paid professional” and that “amateurs need not apply.”

I do understand that the court may have a problem granting a massive number of seats to “unpaid” press members and that the “mainstream” press is having a cow because one of their “paid” reporters may be bumped so that “the rif raf” might be allowed to attend.

It is not so much the reporters that are having a burr in their butt over this issue as it is with the management of the media outlets. The mainstream media is there for the money and ratings much more then they are for a “public service” of presenting the news. I have seen time and again over the years where the budgets for the news departments of the various media outlets get slashed in favor of paying out royalty rights for Oprah or Judge Judy. I do not fault the stations for favoring these shows, it is a business decision by a profit making company that has a responsibility to their investors.

The large media outlets have their expensive toys and with special events such as the Trial of Casey Anthony, will bring them out to play with in order to get the biggest audience, the biggest ratings which they hope will translate into big MONEY.

This is not a gripe on my part so much as it is an observation. I have no problem with the mainstream media. They provide a service and do it well. It seems the article by the cable channel seems to be a gripe about the amateurs invading their turf. They do not know how to deal with the situation. The internet is evolving, the blogs are evolving, and the way the public gets it’s information is evolving. Many stick with the mainstream media outlets with their state of the art presentations that are impressive indeed. Others choose to view blogs like Marinade Dave’s for the “man on the street” or “one of us” point of view of the events in Orlando and this case in particular.

I think that while chasing after ratings and money, the mainstream media outlets needs to evolve as well. There is room for both the amateurs and the professionals in the court and in other venues as well. By working together, both can enrich the reporting of events of interest to the public as well as offering unique venues for the debate regarding these events.

MURT

6 Comments

  • Lou Price says:

    Murt, are you going to be streaming the trial?

    If so, how do we get to see it?

  • Lou Price says:

    I’m assuming you’ll be covering the trial?

  • I will be covering the trial as best I can. I will be using Blogtv to stream. As we get close to the trial date, I will post the link again along with my latest plans. Due to the heavy use of court resources by the mainstream media, I will not likely be in the press room. Since there is ample streaming of the trial by the commercial outlets, one more person streaming gavel to gavel would be overkill. I am planning on something a bit different and am working out the details.

    MURT

  • Lou Price says:

    Murt, I notice that some of your articles are accessed by password only. I can’t seem to locate how I register for your site. I used to follow you until you shut everything down a few years back….just located this site very recently. How do I join? TIA

  • The articles that are password protected are directed at specific groups of members depending on the subject of that article. Those in this “need to know” catagory are sent passcode instructions once the article is published.

    If you do not get the passcode, that means you do not have the need to know the specifics of what is in the article. Most of the time these articles are files and documentation to cover a particular subject and for various reasons have to be kept in a private area. Most outsiders would not would gain any insight into the content of these protected articles. Those who have been granted access to them know best how to best to utilize the information contained within these protected articles.

    It is unlikely that there will be any more protected articles published. We have come up with a better and more private method for the transmitting any information that might be needed.

    MURT

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