Media and law enforcement work at cross-purposes. Law enforcement wants to solve a case as fast as possible and puts the guilty behind bars. The media wants a case to drag on as long as humanly possible and do all they can to extricate every last bit of drama, drop by bloody drop, in order to hold the attention of the millions of viewers who have gotten hooked.
Law enforcement must abide by rules. The media make their own rules, and even then break them or find ways to work loopholes into them. All that matters is ratings.
If people knew how it's done - how the media seduce, buy, bribe and corrupt, like an inevitable, malignant cancer on a murder investigation - they might be too sickened to buy the nexy ticket to the carnival. The unfortunate truth is that today, each murder has many victims, and high-profile murders can hurt innocent people who get burned by the spotlight, whether or not they sought it out themselves.
Fuhrman learned that firsthand as a police witness in the O. J. Simpson trial, a wrenching experience that showed how the criminal justice system can be manipulated by money, power, politics and fame.
©2009 Mark Fuhrman; (P)2009 Phoenix
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I got this book for research on an assignment into the media's influences on crime. The information in regards to that was limited although the stories were interesting. The apparently mishandling of cases us jaw dropping in some stories. Here kids are great read. The narrative is superb too although he had a way if pronouncing investigation that is unique.
What can I say - My Fuhrman works for FOX NEWS and spends most of this book criticizing the other TV channels for being one sided and unethical in the way they report stories. It was breathtakingly unbelievable. He constantly defends himself and talks up FOX (yes, FOX NEWS) for their unwaivering support of the victims and their sensitive approach to terrible stories of murder and assault. His description of how some other 'reporters' (he considers himself a crack reporter) have treated some people with mental health issues is terrible, however I've watched FOX for quite some time, as much as I can stomach at least, and the way *they* treat pretty much anyone who they believe is not exactly the same as them blows anyone else out the water. I would not recommend anyone, under any circumstances read or listen to this book/ audiobook/ kindle book/ excerpt in a magazine. Unless of course you are a white-lovin', gun totten' half wit who gets off on lies and almost hilarious deception.
The book moves quickly and keeps the listener awake. Mr. Fuhrman needs to write more books just for those of us who enjoy true crime stories.
Why didn't Mr. Fuhrman mention the gloves? I listened twice and gloves weren't mentioned. The most curious part of the case. Also why didn't Mr. F ever mention Christopher Darden, the second chair of the offense?
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