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Televise Trump trials



For some, they can’t be convinced until they see the evidence for themselves. That is why the upcoming trials of former President Donald Trump should be televised. It would provide transparency, and it certainly is in the national interest. In the 1950s the McCarthy hearings were televised, and in the 1970s the Watergate hearings were conducted in front of cameras. Coverage of those trials helped shape national opinion. This too is a made-for-TV moment. It would give the American people the chance to see the facts for themselves. A secret trial would lead some to believe things aren’t on the up and up. By televising the trials, there would be no more arguments that somebody is hiding something. It would all be there, out in the open. It is perhaps the best bet for creating a national consensus. When people witness a trial, they are more likely to believe in the process, and the outcome. Of course, federal rules prohibit any photography in federal courts, but some in Congress are hoping to change that rule before the trials begin. And Trump himself seems enamored with the idea of cameras in the court. It is his medium. And it would truly be must-see-TV.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. kevin

    August 28, 2023 at 10:12 am

    What evidence, manufactured hearsay, twisted story telling by paid liars & thieves? Nothing more be said!

  2. Greg

    August 29, 2023 at 7:38 am

    I hope you have the same enthusiasm for transparency when Biden is brought to justice. During the last presidential election and the midterms there was a lot of cover up of the left that would have changed peoples vote.

  3. nick

    August 29, 2023 at 10:08 am

    I agree the trials should be on tv. I doubt it will change many minds because anyone who thinks Trump has done nothing wrong is living in an alternative universe. Having said that, Biden repeatedly lied during the debates in 2020 and the press did nothing as usual. He has kept lying but the press hardly ever bothers to fact check him.
    This is the biggest problem this country; the press has become the equivalent of Pravda; the official press of the Communists in Russia.
    You are suppose to present all the facts and not hide anything from the American public. However, you hide so much that the PRESS HAS COMPLETELY DAMAGED DEMOCRACY IN THIS COUNTRY.

  4. Kent Porter

    August 31, 2023 at 5:18 am

    Joe Bidengotti is next

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