Greta Van Susteren Has ‘Regret’ About the OJ Simpson Trial Coverage That Made Her Famous
On her Gretawire blog Thursday, Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren said she has “regret” over devoting so much time covering the 1994 O.J. Simpson trial.
Van Susteren’s coverage and legal analysis of the trial is widely cited as the turning point in her media career that made her a TV star.
The reason for Van Susteren’s regret: Covering the trial meant she spent no time covering the genocide simultaneously taking place in Rwanda.
“[T]oday I was wondering why the media paid so little attention to it. Why do I know so little about it?” she wrote. “My head was buried in OJ Simpson. I was too consumed with a Hollywood murder!”
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Of course this is not to take away from the murder victims and the importance of their lives and murders….but you get the point. I can still recite dates and times about the OJ Simpson case but, until I started my new study about the genocide in Rwanda, all I could do was tell you ‘yes, there was genocide in Rwanda.’ That’s all. That’s pitiful.
I certainly was not alone. Almost the entire US media was 24/7 OJ Simpson (from June 12, 1994 until October 1995.) So…that’s why you probably don’t know much about it since all we talked about in the media and showed you was a trial in California.
“I am not saying the Simpson coverage was wrong,” Van Susteren concludes, “but I am saying I could have done a lot better.”
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