Trial by Media (Netflix, 2020)
Trial by Media explores the many ways in which extensive media coverage have contributed to reshaping public perception about guilt or innocence before, during, or after a trial. The six-episode docuseries features six famous cases from the 1980s-2000s that are believed to have their outcome strongly affected by the press. These cases include the Jenny Jones made-for-Court TV murder trials, Rod Blagojevich’s political fall, and the case of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant who was shot 41 times by police in New York City.
Trial by Media is one of the best true crime documentaries in recent years because it exceptionally unearths the big takeaways from each case in less than an hour and a half. It also lets the audience decide for themselves if the media’s presence in the courtroom is a good thing or not.