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Media Portrayals in Criminal Justice Joshua Eckert, Jessica Kellogg, Misty Miksits, Kayla Oler CJA/303 4/12/10 Carlos Zuniga
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Media Portrayals in Criminal Justice Introduction Media has evolved in the years that the United States has been a country. It started as the original party press, moved on to the popular press, and is currently in the electronic journalism state, or what is now considered mass media. Various venues are forms of mass media today; television, radio, newspaper and magazines. Media portrayals vary in every aspect of the world. Each source of media gives its own aspect of the situation. The media tends to focus on what will make the ratings go through the roof and earning that extra dollar. The media focuses on what sells to society, not what is happening in society whether it is good or bad news. The justice system is only one of the aspects in media that is portrayed. Is the justice system portrayal justified, fair, and accurate? Media portrayal is a big problem in the misunderstandings and ignorance of how the criminal justice system works. Oftentimes, the criminal justice system is backlogged, which means that the cases are sometimes pushed through quickly instead of efficiently. People argue that the backlog is because of the tough laws and attitudes of law enforcement personnel. Crime is something an individual and society has to live with; it always occurs and eventually becomes a part of humanity’s norm in which one is fascinated with the substantial media attention. The media picks and chooses the crimes they portray and the manner in which they portray it to society. Usually the most violent crimes are the ones the media presents to the public, although an individual’s culture has an impact on how the criminal is viewed. The media has a way of portraying male and female criminals differently; the female gender is looked at in a loving, caring, nurturing manner while the male gender is looked at as strong, violent, and dominant. Male and female criminals are treated differently by the media.
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The media is able to influence the way criminals are seen in both society and in the criminal justice system. Crimes which include homicides, child killings and molestations, and major thefts are more interesting to the public and are often sensationalized by the media. Those that are sensationalized and make it to prime time specials or the front page news are not always completely accurate, as the media outlets have the option to put their own spin on the situation. This includes the statements made by victims of the crime, their families, court personnel, and even the accused themselves. Fictional characters are also portrayed in stereotypical ways. The males are usually portrayed as ugly and mean, often committing the crime because they have an evil nature or they want power and control. Females, on the other hand, are usually portrayed as being cool, good looking and calculating until they are finally caught. Because novels, movies and television are used for
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