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Outfoxed

NYT: "Bowing to intense pressure from both outside and inside the company, the News Corporation yesterday canceled its plans to publish a book and broadcast an interview with O. J. Simpson in which he was to give an account of how he might have murdered his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald L. Goldman. The company was responding to a week's worth of ferocious criticism."

Chicago Tribune: "This entire incident has tarnished the Fox network for some time to come. The network had finally started living down its reputation as a tacky broadcast network one step away from showing snuff films . . . In one stroke, with the O.J. special, the network undercut its reputation as a destination for at least a few quality programs."

Philadelphia Inquirer: "No if's about this: Eleven years after being acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend, Simpson is still kryptonite to the American public."

USA Today: "Booksellers treated If I Did It 'like pornography' and canceled orders for 70,000 copies from an initial printing reported at 400,000, said an editor at HarperCollins, which was publishing the book."

Murdoch's New York Post: "O.J. Simpson's explosive new book, 'If I Did It' - and an accompanying TV sit-down in which he 'hypothetically' details how he brutally murdered his wife and her pal - were both put out of their misery yesterday.

"The move by News Corp. to nix the publication and upcoming interview by the despicable ex-grid great came after more than a week of national outrage fueled by the victims' furious families."

No publication had more fun than New York's Daily News, with its screaming headline: "WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?"

Says the paper's editorial: "Rupert Murdoch and his confederates probably thought they really were going to get away with it -- that they could ride out the storm, that it would surely die down in a day or two, that Judith Regan's interview with the loathsome O.J. Simpson was maybe going to be a sweeps-month ratings smash for Fox anyway, regardless of the clamor . . . And so for days they sat on their thumbs, with Murdoch in a deep black hidey hole, in the face of a tidal wave of public revulsion . . . This was, after all, one of the worst single ideas in the modern history of the popular entertainments.

"What kind of utterly soulless corporate culture thinks up something like this in the first place? What kind of creepy mold grows in the petri dish that is Fox that someone could even imagine for a minute it was a good idea to pay O.J. Simpson several million dollars to discuss how he might have sliced his wife's head off? How many levels of bonehead management had to sign off on a project that so grotesquely affronted the simple human decencies?"

No one does outrage better than a tabloid.

News columnist Mike Lupica: "The big boss of the whole thing, Rupert Murdoch of News Corp., finally came out into the open yesterday because there was no longer anywhere for him to hide."

Michelle Malkin, a Fox commentator: "Good to see Fox listening to viewers and responding to public outrage.


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