It's hard to tell what was more offensive: that OJ Simpson wrote a book If I Did It, in which he imagines he committed the 1994 double murder of his ex-wife and her friend, or that ReganBooks' Judith Regan had planned to publish it and interview Simpson for TV, using her own alleged victimhood as the reason.
Victims' groups and the media immediately attacked Regan for trying to give Simpson another moment in the spotlight. She responded with a 2,200-word statement, an excerpt of which was turned into a full-page essay in the New York Post, writing that she considered the book a confession and that she was out to vindicate abused spouses everywhere, including herself.
While News Corp., which owns both Fox and ReganBooks, did the right thing by cancelling both items, Regan, specifically, will find the road to redemption quite time-consuming.
Nothing she said during the weird affair made much sense. In the book, Simpson reportedly continued to deny he killed anyone. That¹s not news he's been doing that since June 1994, when the bodies were found.
Regan might have been better off to claim that the decision to publish the book was solely financial. But her inarticulate statement, along with her ex-lover's reaction to being called a batterer, only ensured that this story will remain in the spotlight.
While Regan's industry profile is far from stellar, the public knew little about her. It's hardly ever good news for a publishing head to become a name to the masses, and Regan chose an unflattering way to make a splash.
It seems both Simpson and Regan were on the same track: to make money, keep their names in the public conversation, and feed off America's sick interest in crime. Simpson¹s notoriety will never fade. Regan should hope that hers ends today.