Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Did you see this blog?! I'm stunned!

Written By : Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune
O.J. programs show a lot about today's mediaPublished November 15, 2006


So the folks at Fox Broadcasting, class acts that they are, announced Tuesday they have scheduled not one but two one-hour programs for later this month in which O.J. Simpson, class act that he is, will explain how he would have killed ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

You know. If he had killed them. If.

Not sleazy enough for you? The interview is to be conducted by publisher Judith Regan, class act that she is, whose Regan imprint for HarperCollins, class act that it is, will put out Simpson's hypothetically confessional "If I Did It." Because HarperCollins and Fox are both News Corp. companies, it's one hand soiling the other.

Mike Darnell, Fox's executive vice president of alternative programming, said in a statement heralding "O.J. Simpson: If I Did It, Here's How It Happened," "This is an interview that no one thought would ever happen."

And that's undoubtedly true. For a lot of reasons. Not the least of which is it's tasteless and utterly unnecessary.

What's O.J. going to say? That he never would have slashed their throats but might have stuffed them in a sack and drowned them in the ocean? That he would have poisoned them? Maybe he'll claim he was Col. Mustard in the drawing room with the candlestick?

The second hour is slated to air Nov. 29, the day before the book hits stores. But what's more interesting is that the first hour is scheduled for Nov. 27, a 30th anniversary of note.

It was on that day in 1976 that Paddy Chayefsky's "Network," a sadly prophetic satire that looks more understated each day, was released.Giving a man, acquitted of double murder but found responsible for the crimes in civil court, a broadcast forum to profit from playing "what if" is perfectly in keeping with Chayefsky's vision of entertainment values trumping those of news--and morality.

It seemed absurd 30 years ago that a man who, upon learning he was losing his job to low ratings, would get to keep his job after an on-air threat to commit suicide, become a big star, then have the network order him killed by terrorists (who had their own reality show) when his popularity declined.

Now we have O.J.......(see Chicago Tribune for more.....)

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