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Here we go again.

Roland Martin at CNN, is trying to convince us that the non-stop coverage of a forced entry, by a man who was tried and found innocent of a celebrated crime, is irresistable.  Under the title of "Admit it, America -- you can't get enough of O.J.", Martin points out that:

You buy the books about O.J. You watch these TV shows that go wall-to-wall O.J. You buy the magazines that feature him on the cover. And yes, we in the media churn this stuff out like clockwork. We are all rolling around in the slime of celebrity justice.

Present Black Man is the story of the day, and you are to blame.  After all, his book is #1 on Amazon...

But, I have a question for Mr. Martin.  Is public interest a sufficient excuse for the outrageous coverage being broadcast?

Aside from the lifeless, who are these people who "can't get enough"?  Not me.  From Gary Condit, convicted without evidence, and driven from the House on the basis of media speculation that he was a murderer, to the recent fluttering accusations against the mother and father of that missing child in Portugal, I find the entire ritual of airing uninformed opinion under the banner of "expertise" to be morally offensive.  

It is a very dangerous thing, you know, this "trial by media".  The endless parade of "formers" with no information, no facts, and no standing, arguing a case before the cameras.  Shaping the opinions of those who have even less information and publically convicting a man, or woman, before they have even arraigned in a court of law.  

I just heard a woman commentator on CNN say, "No wonder we are so thrilled with this OJ story.  After all, he is a murderer who got away with killing two people.  Now we've got him!"  

The righteous gleam in her eye, the head lifted in triumph, the fangs exposed, as she projected her personal beliefs on the fate of a man she has likely never met.

MSNBC is no better.  They are featuring an "Editor's Pick Video" on their web site under the headline "OJ still in jail".  There is a breathless update, every 20 minutes or so on the cable channels, and whole segments of entire programs are devoted to people who have opinions.  Opinions grounded in nothing but their personal animus towards this man.

Is this what the Founders intended?  Is this what the Rule of Law has become?  Is this fair?

There was a time in our country when those who made up stories about others were held in contempt.  They were seen as pathetic gossip mongers who contributed nothing to civil discourse.  Now they hold center stage, free to ruin lives, taint reputations, and preen before the cameras with their vile concoctions.  And, do not think for a moment that all of the lawyers opining on this event are anything more than gossip mongers!

I'll not ask if you find the latest OJ saga interesting. I certainly do not, in as much as I know nothing about what happened - not even enough to know if it is interesting.

I will ask that you protest against the character assassination that has become the standard coin of media coverage of what should be a 30 second update.  Protest the "experts" who offer nothin but lame-assed speculation, clothed in legalise, and use their law degrees as a shiv against the latest celebrity outrage.

Drop a note to CNN, and to MSNBC, and tell 'em to knock it off.  It is highly inappropriate to spend hours building a case against anyone, in the media.  Trial by TV, without evidence, without facts, and without a judge to decide upon admissibility of evidence, is not the system of justice upon which America is based.

Originally posted to Granny Doc on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 10:49 AM PDT.

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  •  I don't care (52+ / 0-)

    what they "think" about the OJ story.  They have no basis upon which to "think" anything.

    As long as the Roland Martin's of the world try to lable these excess "our own fault", they will continue this un-American, unjust trial by pixels.

    We must try to put a stop to it, in the name of justice and law.

    "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. John Stuart Mill

    by Granny Doc on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 10:44:44 AM PDT

    •  I e-mailed the media early and often (3+ / 0-)
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      "OJ SIMPSON?  You can't be serious..."

      "You can't be neutral on a moving train." - Howard Zinn

      by bigchin on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 10:49:19 AM PDT

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      •  why do i think (2+ / 0-)
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        ... that those who bothered to read your email (assuming that was the only key line) thought that this was validation for more coverage

        oh, you probably were sufficiently verbose and lucid enough ... i kid ... but that line, standing alone, reads like a dare to the newsroom bozos to go 24-7 all-OJ

        it's about biconceptualism ... Obama08

        by wystler on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:16:21 AM PDT

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    •  I so agree and will drop them both a line. (5+ / 0-)

      If OJ did rob someone he will never get a fair trial now. Why do people want revenge for something that didn't happpen to them, is really none of their business, and the man was tried in a Court and found innocent? I just don't understand how judgmental people are. It makes me sick.

      "Though the Mills of the Gods grind slowly,Yet they grind exceeding small."

      by Owllwoman on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 10:51:15 AM PDT

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      •  Just a thought... (3+ / 0-)
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        Perhaps a lot of people want to see justice served in this country, and will take whatever they can get.

        I think the beltway has grossly underestimated the amount of outrage the public holds for our elected officials who lie, cheat, steal, and send the public's children off to illegal wars to have their brains blown out every single goddamned day with what appears to be absolute impunity.

        Part of my job is to make sure my company gets paid.  I will fully admit that I let our debtors have it more than is necessary at times, because it makes me feel like I can actually hold someone accountable for doing a bad thing.  

        That being said, I couldn't give a shit about OJ.

        Put Bush on trial and then you'll get me glued to the tube.

        The meek shall inherit nothing. -F.Zappa

        by cometman on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:40:21 AM PDT

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      •  yes I can do without the "Goldmans braying over (1+ / 0-)
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        O.J. deserves to be in jail   excuse me what does the robbery have to do with the murders.  Goldman has made his life's purpose into hounding OJ and getting every nickle he can lay his hands on

        this just makes them look like bitter, ugly people

        "A journey of a thousand miles begins with but one step"

        by testvet6778 on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:42:16 AM PDT

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    •  How do they know there's interest, anyway? (6+ / 0-)

      Answer: They DON'T know. The TV stations and magazines are not buried in letters and phone calls saying, "We need to know MORE about OJ! We need you to repeat the two facts you have, and spend half an hour re-hashing the Anna Nicole stuff! Heck, ditch everything else and become the 24-hour OJ Channel!"

      The editors at these places choose to air this crap.

      They could just as easily choose to air real, substantial news, maybe even stories about things that actual people could do to be helpful, and get just as many viewers/readers/whatever.

      They want us to be looking at OJ, and at Brad&Jen&
      Angelina, and to think that Britney is fat, "normally" thin, and anorexic on successive weeks.

  •  most of us don't care, except the facts are the (7+ / 0-)

    tabloid types do eat this chit up,  therefore Dan Abrams will have to settle for it  since he doesn't have a missing blonde girl story, Anna Nicole is dead and buried   this will have to suffice for the "tabloids"  this and Britney loosing cutody of her kids, Americans have got to the point they love a "train wreck" of a life and most are thrilled it ain't them  but the ratings spike for the cable channels during this crap.....and we wonder why more people ain't screaming about Iraq and all the waste of money and life, govt lies, hell 40% still beleive Iraq was involved in 911  Americans are lazy and live vicariously

    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with but one step"

    by testvet6778 on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 10:49:05 AM PDT

    •  And it makes my HEAD explode! (9+ / 0-)

      Is there no one in broadcasting with sufficient intelligence and skill to make the real stories interesting to the great unwashed?

      "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. John Stuart Mill

      by Granny Doc on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 10:50:46 AM PDT

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      •  Amen!!! (8+ / 0-)

        OMG, yes exactly. If they can explain Britney, Paris, Tom Cruise, etc, then they could exert themselves to explain Abu Gonzales and all the other Real Issues. There are days I scream at the Talking Heads because I am so sick and tired of the DRIVEL.

        And you are so right - it's become Trial By Media. Forget about a fair trial by a jury of your peers because you are going to be "tried" on speculation and spin by Fox, CNN, HLN, and MSNBC. It's beyond shameful.

        And Dan Abrams - you, as a "real attorney" ought to know better. Shame on you.

        "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

        by WV Democrat on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 10:55:02 AM PDT

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      •  But the real stories... (1+ / 0-)
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        don't bring with them the viewership spikes. And the great unwashed can't laugh at or make fun of those in the real stories; so they won't watch them

    •  Not so sure. (5+ / 0-)

      While the "tabloid types" may be interested in this sort of "news", I see no evidence that they all watch CNN or MSNBC 24 hours a day and therefore demand 24 hour coverage of a story that could be done in 5 minutes.   Hell, start the show with a quick OJ update then move on.  

      I highly doubt that the ADHD tabloid crew, who have no attention span, are watching wall to wall coverage of nothing happening.

      Instead the corporate media uses these events as a means to temporarily cut the costs of reporting real news.  They know people will tune in and HAVE to watch if they want to get some real news, which is most often stuck in small bits between Paris or Brittany or OJ stories.

      Because people DO want real news, and don't just cut the news out of their lives altogether, the media continues to use fake news to hold the real news hostage.  This is only going to get worse as the corporate media looks for excuses to cut the costs of real news and increase their profits.

    •  no one's screaming about Iraq, etc... (1+ / 0-)
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      because it requires actual THINKING. And it involves people who have actual harm come to them that they did nothing to bring upon themselves. Only the reputations of Britney, Lindsay and the others of their ilk are injured, so it doesn't bother those who eat it up...

  •  Granny Doc, (12+ / 0-)

    Is public interest a sufficient excuse for the outrageous coverage being broadcast?

    I believe you've opened up a very serious and needed debate.  I vote "no".  It's the reporters job to recognize "news" when they see it.  It isn't their job to foist that responsibility over to us just so they can sell newspapers, books, channels, etc.  That's called whoring for the public, in case they've forgotten.

    •  I, too, think this is (6+ / 0-)

      a very important issue.  It is not about OJ, or Brittany.  It is about the issue of media using its megaphone to usurp the role of the legal system.

      I am thinking of that heart patient of Mattie's Dad who commented that after years of care from this man  she, "Just doesn't know what to think now".

      She doesn't know what to think because the UK media has condemed the parents based on made up speculation!

      Another pair of lives down the drain...

      "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. John Stuart Mill

      by Granny Doc on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:05:58 AM PDT

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    •  (just a minor quibble) (5+ / 0-)

      It's the reporters job to recognize "news" when they see it.

      no ... that'd be the editors' job

      it's about biconceptualism ... Obama08

      by wystler on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:18:37 AM PDT

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      •  reporters on TV are not "reporters" anymore they (3+ / 0-)
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        are all talking heads  John Roberts quit being a reporter when he went to CNN, the reporters out on Capitol Hill, the White House have the ability and chance to "report" on real news instead most of them wait on the press releases and read them to the talking heads

        Walter Cronkite, Eric Severied, Edward R Murrow are dead or retired now we have  the "photogenic clowns"

        "A journey of a thousand miles begins with but one step"

        by testvet6778 on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:36:41 AM PDT

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  •  The ghost of Richard Jewell and I agree ... n/t (6+ / 0-)
  •  I don't care what he did or did not do this time (0+ / 0-)

    if they can get him for something... anything, at least I would feel less disgusted by the fact that he got away with murder. If they showed that jury video tape of the crime, they would have found some way to dismiss it. The amount of evidence they had to prove his guilt was amazing.

    Celebrity worship is out of control in this country. Don't buy the books, don't even click on the links to celebrity stories. We give them too much power.

    •  We are either a nation of laws (4+ / 0-)

      or a nation of opinions.  We can't have it both ways.  OJ was aquitted of the double murder.  He is not guilty in the eys of the law.

      You personal opinion would place your speculation above that of the jury and judge in a court.

      I can not accept that as justification for any action against anyone.

      "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. John Stuart Mill

      by Granny Doc on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:10:12 AM PDT

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    •  After 9-1/2 yrs. living in Vegas... (0+ / 0-)

      I received the form for jury duty availability for the first time. Sent it back today. Wouldn't it be ironic for me to be called for jury duty in the pending OJ case (he's being held in jail without bail, and could be hit with a shit-load of time if convicted)? Do I have to go ballistic during voir dere so I wouldn't have to listen to more of OJ's BS, or can I simply say I thought he was guilty in 1994, and his antics since haven't convinced me of his innocence now? I could not be objective!

      I believe in the jury system in theory, but having served on a jury in 1991, for 5 weeks, and having been trotted out of the court room several times every day due to evidence not being allowed to be given to us, I don't believe in the jury system in practice. If I don't have ALL the evidence available in the case, I cannot make an educated decision. (I was eventually picked as an alternate, via picking a name out of hat, as they had one too many jurors at the end, so I didn't have to be involved in the decision.) This is a personal dilemma for me. Do I try to do my civic duty objectively or do I spit in their faces right off?

      Remember, Al Capone wasn't thrown in prison for all the nasty stuff he did with the mob, he died in prison due to being convicted of tax evasion. Every dog has its day. It's OJ's turn now, he could get enough years to die in prison too. Make it so.  

      Eliminate the electoral college NOW. One person, one vote. No more middlemen!

      by Logical One on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 01:00:23 PM PDT

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  •  I feel like it's the Nineties again. (9+ / 0-)

    OJ is getting arrested, Clinton is presenting a health care plan...

    If I turn on the radio, will I get to hear a Nirvana song that I haven't heard before?

    "You haven't turned to drinking, have you? You stoic types often do, when disappointed in life." --- Marc Antony, "Rome"

    by droogie6655321 on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:12:18 AM PDT

  •  How many other (1+ / 0-)
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    alleged armed robberies happened in Las Vegas during that time frame that were mentioned only in the "Police Blotter" section of the local newspaper?  This story should not get more notice that any of those.  Regards, Doc.

    •  They have an audio tape of the "robbery" (1+ / 0-)
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      It's been played on the local news over and over and over...for the last couple days. Who taped it and why, your guess is as good as mine. But, it's out there and OJ was not polite, much bleeping. Jeebus, just what Vegas needs is THIS freak pulling shit in our squeaky clean town! ;-)

      We've learned to live with the idiots who really think, "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas". T'ain't gonna happen. BTW, if you visit, stay away from the escort services unless you enjoy being rolled, and NOT in a good way. Nor do you want to score drugs with someone you just met downtown, you could turn up dead. Just a little friendly advice from someone who lives here and works on the Vegas strip. The public doesn't hear half the ugly stuff that happens, could hurt tourism and the casino business!

      Eliminate the electoral college NOW. One person, one vote. No more middlemen!

      by Logical One on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 01:20:14 PM PDT

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  •  somebody (ahem, mr olbermann) needs to pledge (3+ / 0-)
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    to not cover o.j.. "guaranteed 100% o.j. free content!" see if it hurts his numbers. at this point there is no avoiding the story. how can anyone know what people want, if they aren't given a choice?

    Sometimes selfishness even gets to be a cause, an organized force, even a government. Then it's called Fascism. - Born Yesterday

    by rasbobbo on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:14:11 AM PDT

  •  OJ = Al Capone (3+ / 0-)
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    Skates on murder rap, arrested for breaking and entering. Don't it figure.
    [Capone was finally nabbed for tax evasion].

    "There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order." Ed Howdershelt

    by JuliaAnn on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:15:25 AM PDT

    •  By the way ... (3+ / 0-)
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      You're right, granny -- it's all bullshit. I am boycotting the media until the crapfest ends.

      "There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order." Ed Howdershelt

      by JuliaAnn on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:15:59 AM PDT

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      •  Problem is, unless I monitor fairly regularily, (3+ / 0-)
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        I won't know when it ends!!  <g>

        "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. John Stuart Mill

        by Granny Doc on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:18:11 AM PDT

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        •  It will NEVER end, GrannyDoc... (1+ / 0-)
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          If it bleeds, it leads, and it diverts our attention from what's really important. We could have a mushroom cloud in our backyard, but...wait...blond girl goes missing...look at the shiny object...mushroom cloud observed...but, don't worry about being vaporized by nukes...news at 11. Not knowing much about it, but may I assume this is all a Kubuki dance?

          Can't say much about avoiding the BS since I'm a news and political junkie (information overload, anyone?). I guess we all have to have a hobby. Can't I just poke an ice pick into my temple and call it a day? It would probably hurt less.

          Eliminate the electoral college NOW. One person, one vote. No more middlemen!

          by Logical One on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 01:39:46 PM PDT

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      •  hrm (2+ / 0-)
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        I am boycotting the media until the crapfest ends.

        may as well do an SCTV opening bit, and throw yer telly out the window ...

        what makes you think this will end?

        it's about biconceptualism ... Obama08

        by wystler on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:25:49 AM PDT

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  •  I agree. (3+ / 0-)
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    It is one thing if something actually happens and the media reports on it.  But what is ACTUALLY happening is something very small and procedural occurs and the media gives it 24 hour coverage instead of the 5 minute mention it deserves.  

    Sure, some people may be interested in the story.  But does that mean that %75 of every news segment has to be devoted to OJ being put into jail and then parading other news people to tell us again and again that OJ went to jail. Then they all play over and over the same 20 second clip of OJ in cuffs.

    There is a HUGE difference between reporting the story and obsessing over it for 24 hours straight.  It is especially disinginuous for the media to act like we WANT this because people are watching the news.  I don't CARE about OJ or every minute detail of his problems.  I'd bet NOBODY DOES.  But I WANT some news and every single media show I turn to forces me to wait through 45 minutes of OJ to get ANY other news.  Then it starts again in the next hour.

    It is like the Media dealing with the excessive Paris Hilton coverage by still GIVING her endless coverage...they just had the reporter acting like they had no choice. They don't want to do it, they just have no choice but to give a 5 minute story 24 hour coverage despite public complaining.

  •  At the supermarket (3+ / 0-)
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    I still occasionally see a copy of Time or Newsweek at the checkout stand, in the middle of the heaps of magazines trumpeting about who's anorexic THIS week. It makes me wonder how well actual news sells, compared to tabloid crap, on a slot-by-slot basis.

    And, did OJ do something else, or is this another one of those stupid "Jon Benet's Killer Found By Psychic!" moments?

    •  Near as I can figure (1+ / 0-)
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      OJ and his posse, forced their way into the hotel room of a memoribilia dealer who was trying to sell some things stolen from OJ's home back when he was under arrest for the murder charge.  The items included some baby pictures of the kids and photos of OJ and his wife.

      One of the dealers claims there was a gun.  OJ denies that.

      "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. John Stuart Mill

      by Granny Doc on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:23:16 AM PDT

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      •  Ohhhh. (2+ / 0-)
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        How... newsworthy. How very newsworthy. Yes, that affects my life in so many ways. I'd better lock up my stolen OJ memorabilia, and beef up security at my duplex. And, hell, I should probably be a little nervous about the people in the other half of the duplex because, y'know, they're black and you know all those coloreds stick together.</disgustedsnark>

  •  They're playing to their market. (2+ / 0-)
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    Hey, it worked for Jerry Springer.

  •  AMEN!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    I get so sick of seeing the media whore itself out to get a comment from him every time OJ snaps his fingers

    I took a law class from a white former Prosecutor, and he said if he'd been on the OJ jury, he'd have voted not guilty as well, the cops had too many problems regarding proper evidence investigation and storage

    The only ones who should care about this louse are the Browns and Goldmans, and it's far past time us whites got past the outrage this case whipped up so easily

    Interesting you brought up Gary condit as well

    I probably would never have voted for him-too conservative a Dem for my mindset-but he was absolutely crucified by a tabloid-driven press, and there's no doubt the media did everything it possibly could to accuse him of Chandra Levy's disappearance and murder

    And it took the Sept 11 attacks to finally knock the smear campaign against Condit off the front pages

    The press and media-of which I'm a part, since I've been published and have a degree in journalism-just make me cringe when they go after people like Condit, while ignoring much bigger issues which put millions more lives, limbs and minds at risk, like the non-coverage leading up to the Iraq invasion and occupation

    Thanks again for this diary, you summed it up so very well

    When it comes to Texas Politics, "Stupid" Plays Very Well

    by KingCranky on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:25:58 AM PDT

  •  While I completely agree... (3+ / 0-)
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    that all things OJ/Britney/Tomcat/etc. have very little news value and absolutely no relevance to me—there’s a broader indictment (excuse the pun) to be made here, and that’s to the American public writ large.

    For as long as I can remember (and we’re talking decades), every visit to the grocery store was completed by a trip down the checkout line checkered by a gauntlet of tabloids with screaming headlines about celebrity scandals I don’t care about.

    I’m no expert on retail merchandising, but I’m guessing that’s a pretty valuable location. And I’m guessing that it must be pretty damn profitable to put that trash out there—else they’d be occupying that space with something else that people would purchase.

  •  Granny, I don't think you get it. (10+ / 0-)

    This is a real life story.

    I was welcoming people to an event.  A person came up and said "I bet you are glad I am here."

    My reply: "I'm happy everyone came."

    Him: "But you must be really happy someone like me came."

    Me: "Thanks for coming."

    Him: "You know who I am, right?"

    Me: "No."

    Him: "I'm the eyewitness news anchor at 11:00."

    Me: "Great, thanks for coming."

    Him: "Didn't you hear me?"

    Me: "I did, what do you want me to say?"

    Him: "Aren't you impressed? I'm on TV"

    Me: "I don't watch."

    Him: "What?"

    Me: "I'm really glad you came."

    Him: "You really don't know who I am?"

    Me: "Really."

    Him: "Outrageous"

    The point of this story is that TV people constantly want to make a point about the celebrities.  They love it.  My sis-in-law came up to me after the event and was pissing her pants because some TV guy showed up.  This is all about the media making celebrities bigger than life.

    Do yourself a favor, turn off the TV.

    The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

    by deathsinger on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:33:19 AM PDT

  •  The only OJ I care about is the juice I drink... (3+ / 0-)
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    every morning!

  •  Look what this kind of tabloid justice (8+ / 0-)

    did to Richard Jewell. I was living in Atlanta at the time and rode the bus pretty often past the apartment complex where he lived. The number of media trucks parked outside made it look like they were covering a major riot rather than just making up stories about a man who had saved so many lives.

    He had no privacy, couldn't leave his home without running the gauntlet. Was harrassed and threatened; his life was made a living hell, and his reputation shredded all because he stepped in and did his job. He saw a suspect situation, led people away from the threat, and saved many lives in the process. He could have ignored it.

    He died recently.

    noli, amabo, verberare lapidem ne perdas manum -- Plautus

    by fritzrth on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:36:03 AM PDT

  •  News (3+ / 0-)
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    should be defined as important developing events that affect the viewer's life or the world.  Everything else is just voyeurism.

    OJ Simpson, Gary Condit, Natalie Holloway, Anna Nicole Smith, Jon Benet Ramsey, Scott Peterson, etc.  None of that is news.  But if you add up all the coverage of those people over the past 12 years, it's probably more than most extremely important issues that actually do affect people.

    "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." -- Thomas Jefferson [-4.25, -5.33]

    by GTPinNJ on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:40:03 AM PDT

  •  BREAKING!! (4+ / 0-)

    OJ had enchilada's in jail last night!

    MSNBC covered this critical breaking story in depth this morning.

    Why they aren't dieing of embarrassment is beyond me.

    Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." - Philip K. Dick

    by God loves goats on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 11:40:47 AM PDT

  •  Nordberg! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight.

    by JeffW on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 12:01:34 PM PDT

  •  Hear. hear! (1+ / 0-)
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    Granny Doc

    My husband, very sensitive to this kind of thing, took merely the news that OJ had been arrested as lashon hara. (This criterion might prevent you from reading all crime stories) (Would this be bad?)

    -4.00, -5.33 Current Red Sox magic number: 9

    by 4jkb4ia on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 12:06:09 PM PDT

  •  I am so sick of OJ (2+ / 0-)
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    since high school I've had to hear about OJ at least once every few months.  I don't care either.  What pissed me off the most is that the OJ story got more attention than 100,000 + people marching on the streets.

    No wonder it feels like nothing gets done.  The media is too busy trying to sensationalize trivial crap so the important news goes unheard.  I can't figure out what the motivation is at this point, but the only place to find real news is online.

    Listen, the next revolution is gonna be a revolution of ideas. ~ Bill Hicks

    by Victory Coffee on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 12:30:50 PM PDT

  •  It keeps getting worse! (2+ / 0-)
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    The OJ trial back in the mid-90's was the first time that I came to hate the traditional media and stopped watching them.  Ever since then it's just been a non-stop barrage of non-news bullshit.  Stories that should be of local interest, at best, are now made into national and international news stories.  Who cares about OJ?  Not me.  Who cares about JonBenet?  Not me.  Who cares about Lacy Peterson or the missing white woman of the day?  Not me.  

    My dream ticket in 2008? John Edwards-Kathleen Sebelius

    by KansasLiberal on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 12:37:17 PM PDT

  •  Publication bans work up here in Canada. (3+ / 0-)
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    oibme, Granny Doc, o really

    In Canada, there is a law that bans media publication of stories concerning criminal cases until after the trial. The purpose of the law is to insure the accused receives a fair trial, unaffected by prejudicial media stories. The balance struck between the rights of a free press and the rights of an accused assume that the liberty interest of an accused outweighs the right of the media to make money selling lurid crime stories.

    I understand it would take a constitutional amendment to correct the situation in the US, but it seems to work very well up here.

    -6.38/-3.79::'A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenues.' Descartes

    by skrymir on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 12:39:46 PM PDT

  •  OJ did huge damage to justice system (1+ / 0-)
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    Granny Doc

    OJ should be a forbidden topic on Daily Kos, like CT diaries about 911. Until he is convicted of something else and spending time behind bars. Then his distraction value will be small enough not to annoy everybody and obstruct many worthy other things we could be obsessed about.

      Trivializing the concept of trial by jury, prejudicial treatment before during and after the court case, complete turning inside and out any rational basis for jurors to make an informed call,
    or dispassionate decision. Then there was the lesson that a multimillionaire with connections and many friends among the elite could basically game the system even in a very serious capital case.

     The Justice department of LA California was unable to overcome the Simpson advantage and achieve a fair hearing on behalf of those closely involved in the case.

    America has been stolen, your citizenship is a hollow fraud, and you have no power. What will YOU do to reverse these hurts, crimes, outrages?

    by Pete Rock on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 12:44:21 PM PDT

    •  This was about the media (2+ / 0-)
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      Pete Rock, KingCranky

      not OJ.  I don't give a damn about OJ.  I really care that our judicial system is being perverted by the scrabbling in the mud of our "journalists".

      "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. John Stuart Mill

      by Granny Doc on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 12:47:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I don't care, either, grannydoc. (1+ / 0-)
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    Granny Doc

    The things I care about are:1. Ending the war in Iraq.

    1.  Giving the American people universal health care.
    1.  Having elections where the ballot boxes are not tampered with.  In other words, honest elections.
    1.  Restoring habeus corpus.
    1.  Restoring all our rights under the Constitution.
    1.  Reversing global warming before it is too late (if it isn't already too late.)
    1.  Restoring honor and dignity to our government.
    1.  Mending fences diplomatically with our allies and friends.
    1.  Closing Gitmo and not sending detainees to countries who practice torture.
    1. Raising taxes to pay off dumya's deficits and not leave them to future generations.
    1. REAL separation of church and state.

    And that's just for starters.

    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all - JFK- 5/18/63-Vanderbilt Univ.

    by oibme on Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 02:39:00 PM PDT

  •  I emailed CNN that day... (0+ / 0-)

    I'd just heard CNN's promise of hours of primetime OJ coverage and emailed them a "wtf is with this OJ coverage? WHO CARES!" message.

    It was a weak moment of mine. I'd forgotten that the world is people who are either morons, or treated as if they were.

    Time for a new sig.

    "Freedom is a choice you have to make everyday."

    by papicek on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 11:42:35 PM PDT

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