(282 and elsewhere) React to the treatment Bigger and his case receive in the press. Fair? Unprejudiced?
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In Book Three, an angry white mob has invaded the police station and when Bigger is taken to his inquest, they deride him as an "ape" and a "jungle beast." Everyone is well aware of the reality that Bigger Thomas will definitely suffer under the death penalty. Soon after arriving at the inquest, Bigger faints and this only stokes the hysteria that the journalists are fueling. Journalists blow the entire affair to new proportions, inciting more and more attention to the trial, and to Bigger himself. Their actions made it difficult for any fair trial to occur and could have provoked a lynching. The press tried the man before the courts.... this is not the American wat, but it seems to happen often.