Fox Blinked

My People vs. Simpson haiku of 20 years ago today reflects one small victory for the trial judge and justice.

Viewers have to wait.

Fox delays the great premiere.

“The Simpson Story.”

8/20/94

Fleiss AND Simpson? Who Would Have Guessed

My People vs. Simpson haiku 20 years ago today:

Both Fleiss and Simpson.

A harmonic convergence?

Two trial dates set.

Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss’s pandering and drug possession trial is set to begin the same date as the Simpson trial. One reason reportedly that made her case of such great public interest was that she supposedly had a little black book that contained the names of a number of high-profile politicians, celebrities and businessmen who would be highly embarrassed, to say the least, should the contents of the book be made public.

Despite the pressures and workload on Simpson trial judge Lance Ito, his quick wit was still intact when I told I had to run down to the Fleiss courtroom. The moment is captured on page 159 of Anatomy of a Trial, but here’s his quote:

“When you talk to Heidi,” Ito said as I headed for the door, “thank her for me for removing that certain page from her book.”

Underhanded? Subterfuge? Moi? Never!

Intrigue, dirty tricks.

Both sides accuse the other.

Who can know the truth?

8/18/94

Anyone who followed the Simpson case proceedings, lo those 20 years ago, can surely remember the vitriol that was slung across the courtroom well by defense and prosecution attorneys. It was fanny puckering, at least for me, to say the least, and no doubt for everyone who just wanted them to get on with putting on their cases.

O.J. Pal — and Bronco Driver — A.J. Was Mum?

My People vs. O.J. Simpson on this date 20 years ago:

Cowlings subpoenaed.

Tells the Grand Jury nothing.

Friends in need, indeed.

8/17/94

A.J. Cowlings drove the white Bronco, with Simpson as a passenger, on the infamous slow-speed chase on the freeways of L.A., as shown in this AP photo:

Here’s the headline and a link to the NBC news account:

O.J. Simpson’s Bronco Chase: ‘Theater of the Absurd’

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/o-j-20-years-later/o-j-simpsons-bronco-chase-theater-absurd-n129071

 

What Was Fox’s Rush?

Here’s my People vs. Simpson haiku of 20 years ago today:

“The Simpson Story.”

A rush into production.

The jury’s not picked.

8/16/94

What was going on here is, Fox TV wanted to air its movie of the crime before a jury has even been selected.

A Mid-60-Year-Old Crisis?

Oh, Greta, Greta, Greta, and wind up just another news reporter?

Greta Van Susteren on why she ‘regrets’ time spent covering the OJ Simpson trial

And miss out on getting those great eyes?

A Fresh Face Then Is a ‘Press’ Has-Been Now

NBC Chooses Chuck Todd to Replace David Gregory on ‘Meet the Press’

That was the headline on this New York Times column yesterday:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/business/media/nbc-chooses-chuck-todd-to-replace-david-gregory-on-meet-the-press.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

While there was some grousing in this column by Times media critic Bill Carter about the way NBC handled this changing of the “Meet the Press” host, a position David Gregory held for a six years, according to Carter.

David started his NBC career as a fresh, young face who was one of the “two Davids” who covered the Simpson trial for the peacock channel. He was not only a fresh face, he was refreshing, so far as I was concerned. No matter what, he always pleasant with me and often had a huge smile on his boyish face. The other David was David Bloom, who also seldom gave me grief. David Bloom, met the great misfortune of dying eight years later of a pulmonary embolism while on assignment in Iraq.

Best wishes to David Gregory, no matter where he lands, which, no doubt, will be on his feet.