Historic dates

Filed Under (Future of journalism, Skills) by on 12-06-2010 and tagged , ,

I got my “Today in History” feed this morning and saw two things that jumped out at me:

Today, June 12, is the anniversary of:

  1. The murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in 1994, and
  2. The 1963 killing of Medgar Evers.

Now in the normal world — that world outside the shouting heads of cable news and the blogosphere — the killing of Evers and the issues around that killing are much more important. Yet, I will bet all the money in my pocket against all the money in your pocket that the anniversary people will talk about on the MSM and in the blogs is the Simpson killing.

Let’s compare the two.


During World War II, Evers volunteered for the U.S. Army and participated in the Normandy invasion. In 1952, he joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a field worker for the NAACP, Evers traveled through his home state encouraging poor African Americans to register to vote and recruiting them into the civil rights movement.


The case involves a famous former football player and a dream team of lawyers.

Yep, the Simpson case is so much more important. (Please note the sarcasm.)

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