He's A Yo-Yo
It is a part of SoCô¿ôL "The Bull's" "philosophy," to make the maximum effort to be POSITIVE. That's one form of "Bull" .... there are others. Yet, there is a particular activity that has been engaged in by Charles Grodin, that concerns me.
For a long time, Charles Grodin, seen daily on CNBC, had not engaged much in conversation about O.J. Simpson. Geraldo Rivera LIVE, the show that immediately proceeds Grodin, has daily and regularly devoted most of their entire show to "discussion" of the O.J. Simpson case. Indeed, they might as well call it the O.J. Simpson Show. It is REMARKABLE in itself, that a television show should take it upon itself to "inform" the public of the daily details of an unfolding legal "drama," pretty much confirming that by the very nature of their covering these events, they have guaranteed that the "events" will be a legal "drama," ignoring the fact that at this point this is, first and foremost, a legal fact involving a limited number of parties, each of whom has specific and individual legal rights.
Charles Grodin and his 60 minute talk show, have now likewise entered into the fray .... spending many of their entire ... or nearly entire ... broadcasts ... "talking about" O.J. Simpson. Grodin ... has been unequivocal in expressing his opinion ... backed he says ... by the facts ... as he has access to them ... that O.J. Simpson is GUILTY .... A LIAR .... and whatever more needs to be amplified to continue to express this view ... no matter how long it takes.
When and who appointed Charles Grodin as "legal counsel," judge and jury on these matters? What unique qualifications and source of information does Charles Grodin have, that he should presume to broadcast to the American people, and those abroad, that despite the declaration of a legally constituted jury that O.J. Simpson is not guilty of the dual crimes of killing Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, that Charles Grodin KNOWS otherwise?
Are you really SoCô¿ôL with this America?
Are you really "SoCô¿ôL" with the idea that a television commentator, a television station, a newspaper, a magazine, an INTERNET Web site, a public broadcasting station .... YOU ... shall become the pronounced authority on justice? murder? legal status? guilt or innocence?
What then shall be the legal status "not guilty?" What shall it mean ... due process? Which case ... which set of facts ... which TV host shall preside ... instead of the system we "supposedly" hold so dear?
Is it an acceptable notion that every mile we walk along that path .... we walk ourselves? That our "cowpies" don't stink ... but that others do ... and we are sufficiently wise to say so? Unfortunately .... others have chosen US ... we ... you ... me ... to persecute under a different standard ... one of their own making ... Who among us shall qualify for this new "judgeship?" It shall be a crime to violate Charles Grodins LAW ... God Forbid we should make it illegal to be Charles Grodin .... or SoCô¿ôL Bob ... or YOU !!!
So ... how does SoCô¿ôL turn Charles Grodin's actions into a positive? I guess one could praise him for his emotion, for his consistently overcoming the "fear" of expressing his views. With this demonstrated strength, Charles Grodin could make a marvelous spokesperson for the rights of those whose behavior is daily being assaulted as unacceptable or "less righteous." If he could make the small change in his perception that society will be creating the opportunity for less pain by encouraging behavior that does not inflict the consequences of one persons views on another. There are those who would say that the crime of "self righteousness" is the Number One Crime of them all.
But then, I guess some people would say that about "SoCô¿ôL Bob"
WHO did Nicole Brown Simpson call 5 days before being murdered?
It took about 72 hours for the Internet to print accident photos of Princess Diana.