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A media circus is an event that occurs when an aspect of a popular news event receives almost ludicrously high levels of media attention. The image of a circus is thus evoked by the vast troop of reporters who are sent to cover the story, as well as a seemingly endless parade of pundits, spin doctors, and spokespeople.
A media circus will commonly appear when a story revolves around one central location. For example, when "Baby Jessica" (Jessica McClure) fell down a well, the well became the site of a huge convocation of reporters and cameramen. Elián González's home in Miami following his custody conflict was also home to a enormous media circus, complete with tents, food vans, and dressing rooms camped outside for the television networks' vast staff.
Events sometimes described as a media circus include:
- In the United States:
- The trials of O. J. Simpson, especially his criminal trial
- The sex scandal of President Bill Clinton
- The sex scandal of Congressman Gary Condit
- The trials of Michael Jackson
- The trial of Martha Stewart
- The trial of Pamela Smart
- The Scott and Laci Peterson case
- The trial of Kobe Bryant
- The Columbine massacre
- The Florida Recount of Election 2000
- The Terri Schiavo coverage.
- In the United Kingdom:
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