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updated 07/04/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/04/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Yet in years of TV watching, I have seen few spectacles as surreal as the one that NBC News interrupted game five of the NBA Finals to show us. (Of course, NBC was far from alone.) It was not the sight of the white Bronco drifting along on the Los Angeles freeways followed closely by a flying wedge of police cruisers that made this footage so disquieting. Nor was it the angry flock of TV and police helicopters buzzing overhead. It wasn't even the twisted irony of Marv Albert and Tom Brokaw playing tag team between the basketball championship and the absolute abasement of one of our most beloved sports heroes. No, what made this sad processional so haunting was the presence of hundreds of spectators, drawn to the scene by the live TV coverage, their cars parked on every overpass, frontage road and exit ramp, boisterously cheering on a fugitive from a savage double murder. It's a frightening thought, but it's just possible we get the television we deserve.