ESPN Rerunning O.J. Simpson Made In America (Acquittal Apologia

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  1. sport historian

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    This week, starting Monday night, ESPN is rerunning the O.J. Simpson Made In America "Documentary." It was an apologia for the acquittal. Actually, the program's reviewers gloated over it.

    The trial itself was an example of how the MSM creates news., or the kind of
    media frenzy" they want. Most of the public cared little about Simpson by 1994, but the media turned it into the biggest story in the country.

    And they were hoping for an acquittal from the start, and steered the narrative in that direction. They loved a black defendant getting away with murdering white people.
     
  2. Don Wassall

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    I watched most of the ESPN documentary at the time in sections, but never sat through it beginning to end.

    The media coverage of the murders and subsequent trial was so over the top, not much less than what is taking place now with the coronavirus. And absolutely the agenda was to inflame blacks, with the prolonged trial being used to encourage them to symbolically "get back" at Whitey through an acquittal for Simpson.
     
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    Jeffrey Toobin admitted in his post-trial New Yorker article the press went out of their way to favor the defense. One by making Furhman the main character in the case. Two, by picking away at the prosecution case, making it seem like their case was falling apart every day. Three, puffing up the defense, making Cochran a hero,etc.

    And as Toobin ("Everyone was afraid of being called a racist") acknowledged, "never pointing out the evidence against Simpson was simply overwhelming."

    As someone who has observed trials for a long time, media types seem to want EVERY black on white murder defendant (especially when guilty) acquitted. Maybe not every member of the media but a lot of them.

    Again, by 1994 Simpson was a has-been 18 years past his last big football season. He was barely hanging on to a low-ranking NBC gig. Yet EVERY network carried every thing that happened at the start. The preliminary hearing was covered live on all the major commercial networks, as well as CNN, Court TV, Fox. And the cover of every magazine.

    As Don said, every angle was used to whip up anti-white animus from blacks. Admittedly not the hardest thing to do.
     

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