November 20 2006

Whoa..a sensible decesion from a network?

It seems Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox TV parent company, News Corp, has pulled the plug on the OJ Simpson book and TV special. What a concept!

“I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project,” Murdoch said in a statement. “We are sorry for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson.”

I know I yell about censorship all the time, and how you have the ultimate power with a click of your remote, but when there are children involved…this was/is just wrong. There are people who would be directly affected by this ugly little “hypothetical” situation, and I don’t feel their pain was ever considered until people pointed out just how tasteless this whole thing was from the very inception. Glad to see taste finally won out.

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  • Jo

    Even though I wasn’t going to watch it, I’m glad that public outcry won out. Sure, O’Reilly on Fox News spoke out, as did others from the news side of the company, the emails and complaints from the general public had to have been massive if it forced this.

    What did Howard Dean say? “Power to the People”?

  • I think this has more to do with Fox’s concern over looking like even more repulsive bottom feeders than they already do than any sort of sense, sensitivity or waking up to the reality of how appalling it was to decide to air the show in the first place.

    I think Fox has to be wary of going so far over the line that viewers will turn on them. This show was the brink of the abyss for them in that regard.

  • Jo – This is one time I do side with public outcry (unlike silly things like Britney Spears doing a fake cooking show called Crucifixins on Will & Grace). This was just bad taste from the get-go.

    Shari – Oh yeah, I don’t think it has anything to do with suddenly being sensitive. It has everything to do with “oops! We finally went too far!” I was giving serious thought to quitting Fox all together, which would have sucked since I watch a lot of FX, which they own. (Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Rescue Me)