One thing that's not highlighted in WHEN THEY SEE US but might give you an increased sense of what drove some members of the press to be so ferocious in their hunger to get a sensational angle to the story, is the time frame of the crime. It happened in the middle of April. Trump's newspaper ads and the indictments came in May. May is a critical month for TV ratings. TV stations start gearing up for the extremely competitive May ratings period in April. Increasing viewership in May can be like a bloodsport for TV executives.
DuVernay does something we never saw in news reports. She details how the wrongful convictions crippled their lives after they'd lost their youth in prison and got out as young men. Before the real rapist/killer confessed, they were still abused by the legal system. The conviction affected family relationships and their occupational lives. They could not get work. They could not work with certain people. They were considered sex offenders. Meanwhile, people who helped put them behind bars used those convictions to launch new and lucrative careers for themselves.
Around 2003, I had a TV habit. I had to get a couple o' pizza slices on a Saturday and watch Reno 911! on Comedy Central. My sides would ache from laughing at Niecy Nash as no-nonsense Deputy Williams. Wait till you see her dramatic work as Delores Wise, the mother of Korey Wise. Wait till you see Jharrel Jerome as Korey in the last two episodes. Lord, have mercy. If Niecy Nash and Jharrel Jerome do not get Emmy nominations for WHEN THEY SEE US, there is a major malfunction in the TV academy. I'd give Ava DuVernay an Emmy right now.
I just wanted to remind you that WHEN THEY SEE US is a must-see.