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Do you think TV court shows misrepresent the justice system?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 7, 2005

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Photo of Emily Kammerer

“They just make it more dramatic than I think it really is, but I’m not really in a courtroom enough to know.”

Photo of Ted Steen

“Yeah, obviously. I don’t believe those for a minute. That’s just for entertainment.”

Photo of Erin Gingrich-Gaylord

“Yes. They definitely make it too black and white.”

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“I think they probably do. They try and sensationalize it. I know they are nothing like real court, but they at least give the impression that our society is concerned with justice.”

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Hong_Kong_Phooey 8 years, 8 months ago

Mister_Joe: Do you have a lot of experience with cops, crime and not wanting to talk without a lawyer?

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

Yeh. But my "cart value" is CERTAINLY worth more than zero.

Or was that Zorro?

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

Those wigs cost some serious money. If you need one, they're available at http://www.stanley-ley.co.uk/acatalog/ Without VAT, that's about $3 grand.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

Never trust a guy who lies about his hair.

Especially those judges who wore the powdered wigs! Why hasn't anyone done that on TV?

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Fangorn 8 years, 8 months ago

I question the perspective, and perhaps even the intelligence, of anyone who still fails to understand Reagan's genius. A quick read of "Reagan: In His Own Hand" will show the most thick-headed, recalcitrant historical revisionist that our fortieth president had laid out the key elements of his foreign and domestic policies during his radio commentaries in the latter half of the 1970s. The book even provides copies of some of his manuscripts (i.e. "in his own hand") for those who are especially slow on the uptake. Far from being an "imbecilic puppet", he was a man with a clear vision of where he was going, who forcefully and unapologetically communicated that vision to others. This concept, foreign and unknown territory for many, is called "leadership". It astounds me that so many cannot grasp this. But then again, perhaps it shouldn't when there are still those who believe that Reagan's tax rate cuts caused the deficits of the 1980s and that the out-of-control spending by a Democratic Congress (emulated by today's Republican Congress) had nothing to do with it.

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Fangorn 8 years, 8 months ago

GEB: The drag queens and juvenile heroin dealer are a good start, but Weird Al's got you beat, dude. Remember his parody of M.C. Hammer "I Can't Watch This"? Referring to the quality programming offered on TV, he wrote "Talkin' 'bout sick shows/About transexual Nazi Eskimos". The image he creates is too much too bear! You're exactly right about the Springer/Lake/SJR genre of shows.

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Mister_Joe 8 years, 8 months ago

I love how on all of them cop shows the person being investigated for (usually) murder always talks to the "tough-nosed" male and/or female cop(s) without any reservations in mind.

OMG!! What a crock of you-know-what!!

In the real world, that kind of thing just doesn't happen as often as it does on TV. There's this thing in real life called "legal representation".....it's the idea of not wanting to talk to any cop (about a murder or whatever) without a lawyer present.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

"Cop Rock", snort giggle. I'd forgotten about that one.

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 8 months ago

No. They are 100% accurate. I believe Cop Rock was the best one.

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extreme_makeover 8 years, 8 months ago

GEB, problem with "Celebrity's Children's Pet Night Court" is that when Judge Judy starts hollering, as she usually does, everyone in the courtroom will break down in tears.

Maybe use 'judge' Larry King. He's an idiot and everyone knows it and if he tries to get stern (especially if Geraldo is in the courtroom also), everyone just shakes their heads and chuckles.

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one_more_bob 8 years, 8 months ago

This may be the first question on this board that everyone could agree on. Go read "The Glass Teat" by Harlan Ellison. While you are at it, just read more books & cut down on tube time.

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i_tching 8 years, 8 months ago

What she said.

Television can only be relied upon in very rare instances to present anything as it really is. And the more accurate the television presentation, the more controversial it will be.

After all, there are still people who think the televised moon landings were faked, as well as there are still people who think Reagan was anything more than an imbecilic puppet.

Television's persuasive and deceptive abilities are boundless.

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GreenEyedBlues 8 years, 8 months ago

Short answer: TV misrepresents everything.

Even something as dry as judicial process has to be super dramatized and larger-than-life in order to sell to TV execs.

We need Celebrity's Children's Pet Night Court, and every show should have at least two drag queens and a preteen heroin dealer. Ya know, very reminiscent of the Sally Jesse Raphael/Maury/Ricki Lake/Springer guest lineups.

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