The phenomena that is suggested to have begun in the 80s, intended to boost ratings, which has resulted in there no longer being a clear distinction between ethical journalism and tabloid sensationalism.
attack of Michael Jackson rendered a guilty conviction in the Court of Public Opinion from which he has never been fully vindicated; in spite of legal acquittal.
agenda of news outlets is to have an "ethical" journalist, as well as a "tabloid" reporter covering a high profile case. The latter prints salacious rumors and innuendo which the former picks up and reports as fact. As attorney Mark Geragos has said, "That is not story telling...it's a gang-bang."