By Freedom Newspapers
And now, from the Department of How Low Will We Go?, comes news that O.J. Simpson is the subject of a two-part Fox TV interview entitled “If I Did It, Here’s How It Happened.”
The former football star, who was acquitted of killing his wife and her friend, will describe how, according to a release from the network, “he would have committed the murders if he were the one responsible for the crimes.”
The interview airs Nov. 27 and 28, just in time for the release of Simpson’s book of the same title — which is published by News Corp., which, you guessed it, also is the parent company of the Fox network.
Simpson, legally not guilty but seen as a cold-blooded murderer in the court of public opinion, shamelessly said he was going to search for the “real killers” after his 1995 acquittal in the slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. He later was found liable for the deaths in a civil wrongful-death suit filed by the Goldman family, but Simpson has failed to pay the $33.5 million judgment against him. Yet, Simpson has written a couple of other books and done some financially rewarding interviews that have allowed him to cash in on the deaths of two people.
The Fox prime-time interview will be conducted by Judith Regan, the publisher of Simpson’s books; this prompted Denise Brown, Nicole’s sister, to tell the Washington Post: “We hope Ms. Regan takes full accountability for promoting the wrong doing of criminals and leveraging this forum and the actions of Simpson to commercialize abuse.”
There is a lot to loathe here — Simpson for his sick, pathological pandering, and Regan for her misguided effort to make some kind of name for herself through a trash-TV interview. But Fox’s role in televising this tripe is more than repulsive, and the whole mess is demeaning to the families of Nicole Brown and Goldman. Fox can air whatever it wants, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to watch.
We are hopeful the viewing public doesn’t reward News Corp., the Fox network and Simpson for exploiting the deaths of two decent people.