News station reports on trial using puppet reenactment

By Muriel Kane
Sunday, January 22, 2012 20:28 EDT
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When Channel 19 in Akron, Ohio was prohibited from bringing its cameras into the corruption trial of former county commissioner Jimmy Dimora, the outcome was a stroke of pure media genius.

The station took transcripts of the trial and reenacted them using muppet-like puppets.

Dimora is accused of using his political influence in exchange for bribes. In the video segment, a witness describes setting Dimora up with a prostitute named Suzanne.

“I think that all court proceedings should be reported in this way,” the Lowering the Bar blog suggests, “but would settle for either puppet coverage of arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court or a full reenactment of the Rod Blagojevich trial.”

Via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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