Regan Turns on O.J. Simpson

Goldman and her family launched a Web site this morning, www.dontpayoj.com that asks viewers to sign a petition and urges them to "let it be known that you do not, and will not, support any entity that assists and encourages a murderer to profit from his crimes."

The Web site lists the addresses and phone numbers of Fox TV, Fox Broadcasting, Harper Collins' and Regan's imprint, Regan.

Brown Simpson's sister, Denise Brown, an ardent advocate of domestic-violence victims, did not return calls for comment.

Regan: Publishing Doesn't Mean Endorsing

In her statement, Regan also compares herself to broadcast journalists like ABC News' Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and the late Ed Bradley, wondering why there was not similar outrage when those reporters conducted controversial interviews with the likes of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh, and the Menendez brothers, who were convicted of murdering their parents.

But Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz pointed out that Regan's deal with Simpson was different from the network interviews she cited because both she and her subject were being paid.

"What has appalled people about this latest O.J. spectacle is that Rupert Murdoch is paying a man -- who most of the country believes to be a murderer -- to come on the air and pretend that he's making a confession while clinging to the fictional fig leaf that he's innocent," Kurtz told ABC News.

"When network journalists interviewed the likes of Timothy McVeigh and Saddam Hussein, they weren't pretending to be something other than what they are, and they weren't getting media money for a book deal," Kurtz said. "It's the sheer disingenuousness of the arrangement with Simpson that seems beyond the pale."

Regan goes on to say that "to publish" does not mean "to endorse" Simpson; it means to "make public."

"But that is not why I did this," she said. "That is not why I wanted to face the killer. That is not why I wanted to publish his story."

Mission of Personal Vengeance or a Transparent Excuse?

Regan says the interview was "personal" for her.

"I didn't know what to expect when I got the call that the killer wanted to confess. I didn't know what would happen. But I knew one thing. I wanted the confession for my own selfish reasons and for the symbolism of that act," the statement reads.

"What I wanted was closure, not money," Regan says later in the statement.

"I had never met him and never spoken with him until the day I interviewed him. And I was ready. Fifty-three years prepared me for this conversation," she said.

Later in the statement, Regan says she wanted to get vengeance from the Simpson interview.

"We live in a world now where hatred and vengeance is a way of life," she says. "And as the killer sat before me, I was not filled with vengeance or hatred. I thought of the man who had beaten me so many years ago, who left me in a hospital, the man who broke my child's heart. And I listened carefully. "

"When I sat face to face with the killer, I wanted him to confess, to release us all from the wound of the conviction that was lost on that fall day in October of 1995," Regan says. "For the girl that was left in the gutter, I wanted to make it right."

Regan is a study in contrasts -- an erudite English literature major from Vassar with a Fleet Street sensibility.

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