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Mon Feb 27, 2017, 10:45 AM

 

The People vs OJ Simpson and the Presidential Election

We watched the American Crime Story: People vs OJ Simpson over the weekend (now streaming on Netflix).

We hadn't seen it before, but wow, what a powerful production. Great acting, amazing script. Everything about it resonated so much still.

The biggest thing that hit me though were the parallels of that crazy media environment of the trial to a presidential campaign, where every little thing gets blown up and there's endless intrigue, undercutting, infighting and skullduggery.

More specifically though, if you think of Marcia Clark as Hillary Clinton and OJ as Trump, there were just unbelievable parallels. Poor Marcia Clark works her butt off and can't catch a break, gets criticized endlessly for her style, not smiling enough and so forth. OJ is an obvious sleaze ball, a massive liar, an abuser and narcissist and has a weak, needy personality.

In the end OJ totally gets away with it because of a couple key mistakes by the prosecution and a lot of heavy work by his lawyers and serious demagoguery by Johnny Cochran. The prosecution was also totally over-confident (sound familiar?).

But mainly OJ got a away with it because people lost sight of the key facts in the case and the big picture.

I hope the lessons are are learned!

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Reply The People vs OJ Simpson and the Presidential Election (Original post)
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2017 OP
Watchfoxheadexplodes Feb 2017 #1
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2017 #6
Yavin4 Feb 2017 #2
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2017 #5
nycbos Feb 2017 #8
Blue_Tires Feb 2017 #9
Yavin4 Feb 2017 #10
uponit7771 Feb 2017 #3
Fast Walker 52 Feb 2017 #4
nycbos Feb 2017 #7
uponit7771 Feb 2017 #11

Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 11:08 AM

1. I video taped every hour on CNN

Still have all those tapes from the exciting to the monotonous testimony.

Oj got away with it because money (paying for tons of forensic tests) and ability to get experts to put doubts in a jury's mind.

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Response to Watchfoxheadexplodes (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 12:26 PM

6. Money indeed... just like the right has endless dark money

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 11:12 AM

2. The OJ saga gave birth to the version of cable news that we see today. n/t

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 12:25 PM

5. true that.

 

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 12:52 PM

8. Yup absolutely.

Going for the ratings and ignoring important stories.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 01:46 PM

9. It was actually a bit earlier

I'd argue the coverage of the Menendez Brothers was the original standard...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 01:55 PM

10. Disagree. The OJ trial provided daily content for months.

The ratings on the coverage was so high that even the broadcast networks capitulated and started covering it.

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Original post)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 11:40 AM

3. Please people, lets not normalize racism by minimizing its effect in the election or the OJ trial...

... with Mark Furman who said he sets people up.

The OJ trial has parallels but HRC didn't have a Mark Furman to fuck everything up for her

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 12:25 PM

4. I didn't mean the parallels were perfect, and yeah, Fuhrman is HORRIBLE

 

BTW, of course Fuhrman is now a commentator for FoxNews.

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 12:51 PM

7. The following points are not contradictory

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1. OJ was guilty of the murders.

2. Furman is a racist asshole

3. Marcia Clarke was a target for sexist attacks.


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Response to nycbos (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 27, 2017, 02:09 PM

11. true

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