Nothing makes a trial into a spectacle like television. Everyone remembers the train wreck that was the O.J. trial. Much as television changed presidential debates and elections, it changes trials when all the participants start seeing themselves as actors performing for the camera.
On the other hand, no one expects a case like this to be anything but a circus anyway.
And no one seriously expects fair, honest or not completely false media coverage of the case, and live streaming it at least enables everyone to see for themselves what’s going on.
But I don’t think fairness was the intention here.
Judge Scott McAfee, who is presiding over the Georgia indictment of former President Donald J. Trump, ruled Thursday that all of the court proceedings would be made public via livestream on the court’s YouTube channel.
According to McAfee during the hearing, the best way to make the proceedings available to media, due to the number of requests, would be to stream the court case live for public viewing.
“In line with the spirit of transparency here,” McAfee said. “We have followed Judge McBurney’s model, and we have been livestreaming all of our major proceedings on a Fulton County-provided YouTube channel. And our plan was to do that with this case as well. So there’s going to be a YouTube feed the entire time.”
Judge Robert McBurney had been on the grand jury investigation.
The obvious agenda behind this entire farce was to make sure that it will overshadow the election. And while the public may be saturated with Trump media coverage, add in a livestreamed trial and the public may be more likely to pay attention.
These are political trials not only because of the partisan tilt and opposition, but because they’re intended to have a partisan outcome on the election.
Taxpayers in Georgia and other localities are spending millions funding a partisan 2024 campaign being waged through prosecutors and the court system. Now the show trial will be streamed live.
This is what election interference actually looks like.