Saturday, September 22, 2007

Blurring the Lines

TV continues to confuse so-called expert opinion with reporting. The latest is the hire of Marcia Clark, who prosecuted O.J. Simpson for murder but saw him acquitted, and is now reporting for "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider."

Marcia Clark Now Reporting on O.J.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twelve years after Marcia Clark heard jurors pronounce O.J. Simpson innocent of murder, the former prosecutor carried her enduring guilt into another courtroom with the ex-football star.

This time, Clark was the most startling member of the media pack covering Simpson's Las Vegas felony arrest. As legal correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," she had the chance to tell the world what she thinks of Simpson — and she used it.

"Just seeing him back in court again, facing charges. I can't believe it. It's just surreal," she said in an interview with The Associated Press. "He skated on two murder charges, and he managed to get out of other charges of much lesser gravity since then. How did he manage to get himself back in trouble again?

"How stupid do you have to be?"

On the air, Clark's voice drips with more disgust. She dismissed Simpson's book, "If I Did It," as "hideous" and "all a lie." Indirectly addressing his girlfriend Christine Prody, a Nicole Brown-lookalike who stood by him in court Wednesday, Clark said: "It made me sick to my stomach. Do you not realize you could be next?"

Even with the elastic boundaries observed by TV entertainment news shows, Clark's history with Simpson makes her a unique figure — and, according to journalism experts, someone playing a questionable role by acting as reporter as well as analyst.

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