Friday, October 3, 2008

Public Pressure Really Can Work! November 20, 2006


Today we learned that the "People" can be heard when they speak in a loud and united voice. News Corp. Chairman and Managing Direcor Rupert Murdoch has pulled the plug on the OJ Simpson special where Simpson was to tell the world "If I had ... blah blah blah."

Because of the intense public outcry over Simpson's book deal and matching tv special on FOX.....the books are being recalled from stores and the tv special has been cancelled. But it wasn't just public outcry that got Murdoch attention. There were some rather tense conversations taking place even within the FOX family. Fox affilliates owned by Lin Broadcasting and Pappas Broadcasting pulled the show from their respective schedules and the folks at Fox NewsChannel were very vocal in their opposition to the airing of this hideous show by their sister network. On the air, it was Bill O'Reilly and Sheppard Smith who were most vocal on the issue. Smith went as far to say the show was "airing on FOX....but not this Fox Channel." In announcing the cancellation of the show and book recall, Rupert Murdoch said, "I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project." He also apologized for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson.

For once, it appears that basic human decency trumped ratings & the lust for money. Doing the right thing is something that, in recent years, has become almost non-existent in the media and Hollywood, but this time right won out. The American public stood up and made their voices heard by the hundreds of thousands. A major network was reminded that there are lines that can not and should never be crossed. But we also learned another very important lesson....when applied properly, public pressure really can work.

Would you have read the book or watched the tv special?(closed poll)
Yes, I already bought the soda & popcorn! 0
No, not even with your eyes! 5
I don't have clue! 0
originally posted 11-20-06 on Yahoo 360

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