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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Where's My O.J. Prize?

The new O.J. Simpson book, "If I Did It", chronicling the exploits of the football star and mass murderer and suspected coke dealer was canceled today over a furor of uproar about letting an unconvicted killer speak.

There was also a 2 part television special on Fox planned to promote the event and this two has been canceled.

This reminds me of how the Dixie Chicks were boycotted when they spoke out against the president. They were banned on several country radio stations, fans threw their cd's away, and ticket sales generally bombed until they figured out how to re-package themselves for a pop audience and make money off what they and others called a "clear Free Speech Violation"

This despite the fact that Free Speech as mentioned in the Constitution has to do with Congress making a law....

There will be no similar free speech uproar today because O.J. Simpson has an unpopular position - one of being a suspected murderer, therefore no one will defend or speak out against him if they have anything at all to lose.

Free Speech and public policy in America is shaped by the popular opinion of the masses.