Monday, November 20, 2006

OJ Sequel Cancelled by Fox

News Corp. has pulled the plug on O.J. Simpson's unconfession. The lead plug-puller was apparently Rupert Murdoch himself. "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman. "We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."

Translation: the project was axed by the unhappiness of the Tribune Company and Sinclair Broadcasting, who own a large number of Fox affiliates: both said they wouldn't run the two-part interview with O.J. about how he would have killed Ron and Nicole if he had killled them. Network executives are tasteful people who would never sacrifice thoughtful, probing coverage just to make a buck. Thanks to their high standards, we'll never know how O.J. didn't kill Ron and Nicole.

a thought and questions:
1. yes people are right to be pissed about buying a big fake non-confession to a double murder when they thought they were buying the truth.
2. why did anyone think they were buying the truth?
3. it it wasn't about truth but about entertainment, why does this entertaining exploitation of human suffering for money cross the line when all the others don't?
4. Do we like News Corp better now that they retracted?
5. Since Murdoch is so rich, does that mean we are so dumb?

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