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