“Approximately 10.4 million people tuned in to view the September 18th show and approximately 8.24 million tuned in to watch the September 19th show.” CBS Corporation aired a documentary on prime-time television for two days over the case of the murder JonBenet Ramsey. This documentary however, is accused of promoting JonBenet’s brother, Burke Ramsey, as her killer.
CBS Corporation is now being sued for $250 million in compensatory damages and $500 million punitive damages, for false defamation of Burke Ramsey. This is an ongoing case that has yet to be determined, but brings a perspective into possible untruthful justification in the JonBenet Ramsey case.
In the documentary, CBS hired actors to play a team of investigators, trying to find JonBenet’s killer. “Defendants purposefully cast a sinister suspicion on the Ramseys in order support their false and defamatory gist that Burke killed JonBenét.” The “investigators” or defendants, in the documentary used their “new” evidence (which a large amount was old evidence) that they found to point towards Burke Ramsey as the murder. All known facts about this case prior, have no evidence that could put Burke as a suspect. With the documentary being televised to a large audience, it had the capability to influence the idea of Burke Ramsey as the murderer leading to defamation of his reputation.