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The OJ Simpson book and television special have been canceled.
NEW YORK -- After a firestorm of criticism, News. Corp. said Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and TV special ``If I Did It.''
``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.''
A dozen Fox affiliates had already said they would not air the two-part sweeps month special, planned for next week before the Nov. 30 publication of the book by ReganBooks. The publishing house is a HarperCollins imprint owned _ like the Fox network _ by News Corp.
In both the book and show, Simpson speaks in hypothetical terms about how he would have committed the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Goldman.
It is good to see Fox, News Corp and ReganBooks come to their senses. They still deserve the knucklehead award I gave them last week. For the outrage this book and show would produce was easily predictable. What people are going to stand for a murderer being given a forum? Heck what would be next, Saddam Hussein tells how he had a half million Iraqis butchered?
Murdoch didn't just suddenly come to his senses. Look at the rag he puts out called the New York Post. Most people with the power and or money like a Murdoch are far removed from reality. Circled by kiss butt sycophants, they rarely have bad news told to them. Murdoch is no different than this fellow. What happened with the OJ special, is the network couldn't find companies that would buy commercial airtime. What firm would want be associated with such odious affair? Just News Corp, and Murdoch soon found that out. Even those on top of the world can't ignore the stench sometimes.
Lorie at Wizbang is also blogging on this news.
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