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High-Profile CrimesWhen Legal Cases Become Social Causes$
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Lynn S. Chancer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226101125

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226101132.001.0001

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More on the Press: Journalistic Divides

More on the Press: Journalistic Divides

(p.173) Chapter 5 More on the Press: Journalistic Divides
High-Profile Crimes

Lynn S. Chancer

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the media coverage of several high profile cases in the U.S. including the cases of William Kennedy Smith, Mike Tyson, and O.J. Simpson. It suggests that while many journalists faithfully adhered to dominant journalistic principles the news coverage of these cases became increasingly diversified indicating that journalists' ability to believe in their own independence may have been shaken. This chapter also recounts gaps observed between journalists' statements about, and their actual practices of, story presentation and story selection.

Keywords:   high profile cases, U.S., William Kennedy Smith, Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, journalists, journalistic principles

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