i avoid watching "news" on the tv these days. i get most of my news from radio nz and from various blogs. i'll often catch the 10 minutes news on the hour on channel 7. but i avoid the 6 o'clock news in order to preserve my sanity.
today was yet another reminder why. i've written previously on my own blog about how much i disagree with televised coverage of court cases, which was brought on by the bain case. but today went one step further, with tvnz basically advertising their news bulletin with the titillating coverage from the sophie elliot murder trial, in which the accused talks about intimate aspects of their sex life.
FFS. again, i have to ask: where is the public interest in this coverage? whose interests are served by showing the accused talking about details that ms elliot never gave permission to be made public? evidence that can't be challenged, because the only other person present was (allegedly) stabbed by the accused. it just made my blood boil to see the news networks exploit ms elliot even further, trying to improve their ratings without any care for her dignity.
frankly, this trial is bringing out the worst that is wrong with our justice system, our media and our culture. there's a whole other post to be written about the accused trying to present himself as the victim and her as the slutty (sorry, "very forward"), abusive girlfriend, but i'm just too sickened by this other stuff to be able to do it.