November 20, 2006
Murdoch Cancels O.J. Book and TV SpecialFox pulls the plug on the exploitative project:
News Corp., the parent company of book publisher HarperCollins and the FOX network, has canceled publication of the O.J. Simpson book and television special "If I Did It."Funding this shameless exploitation of grief was a new low to begin with, even for Fox. Murdoch understands nothing better than the language of money, which when you think about it, is exactly the reason why it shouldn't have been okayed in the first place. Stomach-churning projects like this would certainly backfire, and cause more dollars in ill will than any possible profits from the curious it would earn.
Murdoch's backtrack also makes Bill O'Reilly's tapdancing about Fox News not being connected to Fox Broadcasting even more ridiculous.
Y'all belong in the same family, Bill. You and Judith Regan (publisher of ReganBooks, a division of Newscorp-owned Harper Collins, who okayed the O.J. Simpson's book) and O.J. Simpson got your paychecks from one source and one ultimate source alone: Rupert Murdoch.
If you're such a tough, self-described "T-Warrior" (T stands for "traditional values"), why not advocate the boycotting of not just the advertising sponsors but also of Fox? Plus, why do you still work for a conglomerate that makes money off and pays for this kind of filth? Since you insist that we should all draw the line and take a stand, why don't you show us the way Bill, and resign?
On the other hand, I'm waiting for Judith Regan to protest Murdoch's decision to cancel the launch of the book/tv special given that it was supposed to "help victims of violence" and not, you know, just another payday for her.
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