By now you should be aware that the book and television contracts for the O. J. Simpson “If I Did It” has been cancelled by Rupert Murdoch after the media firestorm of the last two weeks.
Check out the November 27, 2006 Newsweek (pp. 38-41) article “How Low Can You Go?” to view the passions that have again resurfaced concerning this case. Also carefully check out the prose of the article. Remember our discussion on bias, and levels of bias? Observe how the reporters blast the reader with their opinions. This article is only available in paper at this time so ask for the issue at the Cohen Reserve Desk.
Below are the latest articles on www.newsweek.com on this ongoing controversy.
• Families Press for Details on O.J. Deal
• Judith Regan: Why I Gave O. J. a Book Deal
• Does O. J. Confess in New Book?
Thoughts to ponder:
Who dropped the ball in gauging public and media reaction to this issue?
Consider the millions of dollars involved, what finally changed the situation for Murdoch?
What influence did Bill O’Reilly, Geraldo Rivera and Larry King coverage have in altering Murdoch’s decision?
Finally should public outcry kill a story?