Newsflash: Glimmer of Human Intelligence Sighted

Wow, good taste may still exist.

O.J. Simpson Book, TV Special Canceled
NEW YORK - After a firestorm of criticism, News. Corp. said Monday that it has canceled the O.J. Simpson book and television special "If I Did It."

"I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman. "We are sorry for any pain that his has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."

A dozen Fox affiliates had already said they would not air the two-part sweeps month special, planned for next week before the Nov. 30 publication of the book by ReganBooks. The publishing house is a HarperCollins imprint owned — like the Fox network — by News Corp.


Judith Regan, publisher of "If I Did It," said she considered the book to be Simpson's confession.

The television special was to air on two of the final three nights of the November sweeps, when ratings are watched closely to set local advertising rates. It has been a particularly tough fall for Fox, which has seen none of its new shows catch on and is waiting for the January bows of "American Idol" and "24."

Wow, Rupert Murdoch eats crow. Chisel this date in stone.

The downside of all of this is that Judith Regan can't donate the proceeds of this "book" to organizations that serve abused women.

It wouldn't kill her to send a little donation their way anyway, just to cleanse her karma from agreeing to publish this slime in the first place. FOX might want to try it, too. Good for the soul, and all that.

(Tip 'o the Energy Dome to Deeky.)

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