Noted media critic and sometime murder defendant O.J. Simpson is certainly one to weigh in on the media’s obsession with celebrity. Rather than brush off Editor & Publisher’s questions about Paris Hilton’s media orgy like he does with most outlets when they call for a quote, he whipped out the cell-y and responded to their request on the way back from 18 holes.
“When Paris Hilton was going to jail last week,” says Simpson, “more people knew about that than knew that we were sending people into space that day. It has replaced what is real news. There was always a place for it, but it was [gossip writer] Rona Barrett. Now it is the equivalent of Edward R. Murrow reporting it today.”
Simpson said he has responded to media inquiries by asking why the reporter in question is not focused on more important news. He cited a recent request from a Miami journalist for a comment after the Louisville incident [where O.J. was asked to leave a restaurant during the Kentucky Derby], when he supposedly told the reporter, “If you can tell me how many people died in Fallujah in Iraq yesterday, I will talk to you. He couldn’t.”
Just imagine if there had been blogs back during O.J.’s case! The horror of having to know how many children are dying in Darfur just to get a soundbite about those small gloves.
If you can tell me how many people I killed in Brentwood…..uhhh
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