After One Year, the Media still Hasn’t Learned MB#339

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Post by whisper » Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:02 am

A year after the death of Michael Jackson, I remain almost as bitter as I was in the direct aftermath of the tragedy. I, and many like me, found it thoroughly more important to celebrate his life while he was still alive to enjoy the respect we have for him. That said, imagine the contempt I have on this day while watching various news networks now feigning sympathy for Jackson’s kids (kids they still don’t think are his) and showing respect for his musical acumen (musical acumen they still think he lost after 1989). How hateful!

During his lifetime, he couldn’t have paid these same people to show deference to his kids, or to talk about new projects he was working on, or to realize how people were positively affected by his existence. The fans were objects of ridicule; the butt of jokes particularly during the 2005 trial at which Jackson was cleared of false molestation allegations. Anyone who refrained from thinking he was a molester was written off as a blind fan whose opinion didn’t really mean anything.

I have no patience whatsoever for the incredibly lazy and scandal-driven behavior of such people who now ask questions they should have been asking 5, 6, or 7 years ago. Nor do I care for the continued disrespect of those who act as if they know everything about his personal life, while every word out of their mouth could have been written by any tabloid rag on the magazine rack.

For the same people who couldn’t see past rumors about his finances or his personal choices to be talking about his music NOW is almost a joke to me. It’s too late. Don’t play the Thriller video and remember where you were when you first saw it. Don’t fondly remember dressing up as Michael Jackson at a party with your friends when you were 15. Don’t do any of those type of things if you didn’t do any of them for the last hellish decade of his life.

As someone who actively sought out factual information and who wouldn’t think twice about telling people where to stick their heads if they began to recite inaccurate media talking points, it’s infuriating to see people suddenly caring about things they should have paid attention to long ago simply because he stopped breathing one day.

Online, I happened upon a headline “Death brought out Jackson’s human side” and almost hit the roof. Don’t try to sum up this situation by claiming it humanized him. This tragedy didn’t humanize him nor did seeing his daughter burst into tears at the memorial service humanize him. Again, how hateful!

He was ALWAYS human. He was ALWAYS important to somebody. He was a brother, a son an uncle and a father. Those in positions of journalistic authority treated him with such undeserved disdain and stripped him of his humanity to such an extent that they felt like they could treat him as a caricature.

And no it wasn’t his fault. He tried repeatedly, even to his detriment, to allow people into his life. Every time he peeked his head out from his created sanctuary, someone was there with a bat trying to bash his head in by applying their own filter for their own purposes, or using his innocent nature to their own financial advantage.

So they were shocked… SHOCKED, I tell you … to see a little girl crying her eyes out for him at the memorial service. And they proclaimed that moment as one which “humanized” a human being. And they still don’t understand why they remain untrustworthy in the eyes of so many people particularly on the subject of Michael Jackson? Seriously?

The headline/admission alone means that for years they were covering someone they didn’t think of as human, and thus, were under no obligation to be accurate, fair, or evenhanded.

The “media”, however, are not the only ones who should suffer a wrath of guilt equal to the power of 7 hurricane Katrina’s.

Since this is the one year mark, everyone who so much as brushed up against Jackson in an elevator in 1988 will be given time to speculate endlessly about things of which they know nothing. Many of the people on television may not have so much as spoken to Jackson the last 6 months (or 6 years) of his life, so they obviously wouldn’t know anything more about his death than the rest of us. Especially if those same people would later turn on him like a jealous, jilted ex-girlfriend (ex-wife).

To those people I say: I don’t care that you showed Jackson a house in 2002. I don’t buy your story of how he supposedly asked you, too, for medication almost a decade ago. (Just how many “spiritual advisors” did he have, anyway?)

Further, I don’t care that he visited your kids in Florida. I don’t give a $hit that you were “worried” about him especially if you didn’t do or say anything at the time. And I’m sure you really were “best friends”… the bestest friends ever in the history of bestest friends… in your own mind.

In remembrance of this ‘special’ day, reporters may even try to get those who were around Jackson in his final days to NOT believe their lying eyes but to, instead, defer to unnamed “sources” who suddenly remember after his death that he was an alleged “junkie” despite the fact that the only meds in his system at the time of his death — you know, when it really counted -- were legal, were administered by a physician and weren’t in numbers anywhere near as one would suspect. These type of unsubstantiated stories are often the quickest ticket to some media outlet’s camera.

I have no sympathy at all for those people trying to appease whatever little twinges of guilt they may have felt for still assuming he bleached his skin, or still wondering why he spent time around kids in the face of such ridicule from adults, or still treating him like $hit despite not having a speck of evidence that he was a monster up until the day he died.

The media’s generally careless attitude acted as a filter through which the rest of the public judged the behavior of Michael Jackson. At one point, by the time we got to anything he tried to present to us, it had gone through the media filter which distorted it beyond recognition. The infamous Bashir documentary vs. ‘Take Two:…’ behind the scenes video of that same Bashir time period is a perfect example.

Tonight and the next days, there will be specials on top of specials proclaiming to be a valid source for what happened in his life, what happened during the days before his death, what happened on the day he died, and how fans are “coping” with it. Each one will have their own flaws or contain their own outdated information, half-truths or outright lies.

I remain thoroughly unconvinced that the collective members of the media have learned anything about him or about why so many are critical of their coverage. Nor do I think they see his life as anything more than a means by which to gain attention or ratings.

Since everyone seems to be interested in what fans think today, this is how I remember Michael Jackson: I remember an incredibly beautiful spirit surrounded by a sea of mediocre, deceitful crooks -- each with their own bumbling but foolproof conspiracy to usurp his power, alienate him from those who had his back, and steal every dime in his pocket.

I remember him as someone who fought through a $hit-storm of baseless allegations made worse by media whores who pushed their own version of who they wanted him to be in order to further their own careers.

But I remember a man who, in the face of all of that, still managed to live 50 years on this earth and hold his head up high with a grace that, in retrospect, had to be otherworldly. If some still want to know why he spent so much time around kids, they should walk their a$s over to a mirror.

Too bad some people refused to see what they see today BEFORE his death. If they did, maybe he could have had at least a few more years with his kids… and more sleep.

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Post by LittleSusie50 » Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:27 am

Wow.
Thank you.
That's all I can say to you Whisper, is thank you.
This has been the second longest day of my life.
I think that I can finally sleep after reading that post.
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Post by Teva » Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:10 am

I really tried to stay in a good place on his anniversary and stay away from all the bad vibes. With that being said it is now the 26th and I can bitch a little. So I decided after watching 2 very nice shows on CNN to watch Showbiz tonight on HLN; and who to my wondering eyes appear as experts to discuss Michael Jackson? Diane Dimond and Rabbi Shmuley. The smoke was coming out of of my ears, and I could feel the flames licking around my head. I kid you not I almost hurl the mouse at the TV. The utter disrespect to have that woman as a guest on Michael’s one year anniversary was too much to bear. She had the audacity to feign sympathy for his children, and talk shit about how he abused his body, how about how you abused him! And how his kids cannot have a normal life: for starters they have names like Prince, Paris and Blanket. Imma be real honest I was willing to lose the TV. Well the Rabbi spoke somewhat well and called out the media for how they treated the children speculating on their paternity, but Dimond insisted it was not their fault but Klien and Lester for providing the information. Then Rabbi had the nerve to call her an exceptional journalist, and AJ Hammer agreed. W is wrong with these people! I tried to write on Showbiz tonight Facebook wall but was unsuccessful.

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Post by MJfan01' » Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:25 am

[quote name="Teva"]I really tried to stay in a good place on his anniversary and stay away from all the bad vibes. With that being said it is now the 26th and I can bitch a little. So I decided after watching 2 very nice shows on CNN to watch Showbiz tonight on HLN; and who to my wondering eyes appear as experts to discuss Michael Jackson? Diane Dimond and Rabbi Shmuley. The smoke was coming out of of my ears, and I could feel the flames licking around my head. I kid you not I almost hurl the mouse at the TV. The utter disrespect to have that woman as a guest on Michael’s one year anniversary was too much to bear. She had the audacity to feign sympathy for his children, and talk shit about how he abused his body, how about how you abused him! And how his kids cannot have a normal life: for starters they have names like Prince, Paris and Blanket. Imma be real honest I was willing to lose the TV. Well the Rabbi spoke somewhat well and called out the media for how they treated the children speculating on their paternity, but Dimond insisted it was not their fault but Klien and Lester for providing the information. Then Rabbi had the nerve to call her an exceptional journalist, and AJ Hammer agreed. W is wrong with these people! I tried to write on Showbiz tonight Facebook wall but was unsuccessful.

Breath in, Ahh breath out.[/quote]
I hate Diane Diamond. "Prince's" real name is Michael Jr anyways... What's wrong with the name Prince? That's Blankets real name anyways. I see nothing wrong with his children's name. Good for the Rabbi for calling her out on her bull shyte.
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Post by Juniorlady » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:17 pm

[quote name="MJfan01'"]
[quote name="Teva"]I really tried to stay in a good place on his anniversary and stay away from all the bad vibes. With that being said it is now the 26th and I can bitch a little. So I decided after watching 2 very nice shows on CNN to watch Showbiz tonight on HLN; and who to my wondering eyes appear as experts to discuss Michael Jackson? Diane Dimond and Rabbi Shmuley. The smoke was coming out of of my ears, and I could feel the flames licking around my head. I kid you not I almost hurl the mouse at the TV. The utter disrespect to have that woman as a guest on Michael’s one year anniversary was too much to bear. She had the audacity to feign sympathy for his children, and talk shit about how he abused his body, how about how you abused him! And how his kids cannot have a normal life: for starters they have names like Prince, Paris and Blanket. Imma be real honest I was willing to lose the TV. Well the Rabbi spoke somewhat well and called out the media for how they treated the children speculating on their paternity, but Dimond insisted it was not their fault but Klien and Lester for providing the information. Then Rabbi had the nerve to call her an exceptional journalist, and AJ Hammer agreed. W is wrong with these people! I tried to write on Showbiz tonight Facebook wall but was unsuccessful.

Breath in, Ahh breath out.[/quote]
I hate Diane Diamond. "Prince's" real name is Michael Jr anyways... What's wrong with the name Prince? That's Blankets real name anyways. I see nothing wrong with his children's name. Good for the Rabbi for calling her out on her bull shyte.[/quote]
Diane Diamond? Seriously? She's full of :poop Plus, they act like the children have the weirdest names. They don't say nothing about Prince(the singer) or Paris Hilton. "Blanket" is not even his real name, it's just a nickname. I also read that "Prince" was also Michael grandfather's name.

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Post by Teva » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:24 pm

[quote name="MJfan01'"]What's wrong with the name Prince? That's Blankets real name anyways. I see nothing wrong with his children's name[/quote]

Well the names are a whole other story. I have watched 2 documentaries, one on BET and the other on TLC where both "insiders" claimed Michael named his sons Prince because he was the King of Pop, like an ego trip; I have my doubts that was the reason. I Know how much Michael adored his mother I think he called them Prince because that was the name of his maternal Grandfather and Great Grandfather; people seem to forget, or deliberately leave that out.
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Post by swtxdreams » Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:57 pm

wow i always enjoy reading your bullet theyre always well written...btw your right Teva, Jr and Blanket are named after Katherine's father and grandfather

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Post by Cristine87 » Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:57 pm

First off, I love you Whisper! That's all I can really say is that I love you. You deserve a freakin noble peace price for the things you write, because you take all my jumbled up emotions and word them perfectly. I'm absolutely exhausted! Why? Because there are 1001 specials on tv talking about everything from his music to the personal mess that people made his life in to. I can't take it anymore. It's way too much and the media coverage is very overwhelming. It all needs to go away cause I'm getting a big @ss headache. I was watching this one special on tv today and I was absolutely heated because they had some B*tch clinical psychologist, A PSYCHOLOGIST, talking about how his marriage with Lisa Marie was ridiculous and then they pretty much portrayed Michael as if he pretty much used both his wives to make babies to feed his obsession with children. I was in disbelief. None of these people knew Michael personally, why the hell are they being given air time to spit out some stupid, uninformed opinion of him? Also, why are people acting like his kids were raised so horribly? Again, many people who actually knew Michael stated that he was an amazing father and so did his own daughter. So why are people still questioning his parenting? So what, if they aren't biologically his? My biological father don't give a sh*t about me, should I still hold him in high regard because we share the same DNA? Michael fed, clothed, and raised those children and was a very loving father, so what the hell is the problem? I cannot believe how evil, disrespectful and horrible people are! I'm sick and tired of people speculating on every speck of his personal life when they didn't even know him but they wanna act like an expert. Ugh!

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Post by MJfan01' » Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:12 am

[quote name="Teva"]
[quote name="MJfan01'"]What's wrong with the name Prince? That's Blankets real name anyways. I see nothing wrong with his children's name[/quote]

Well the names are a whole other story. I have watched 2 documentaries, one on BET and the other on TLC where both "insiders" claimed Michael named his sons Prince because he was the King of Pop, like an ego trip; I have my doubts that was the reason. I Know how much Michael adored his mother I think he called them Prince because that was the name of his maternal Grandfather and Great Grandfather; people seem to forget, or deliberately leave that out.[/quote]
They always leave that part out....
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Post by Teva » Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:13 am

[quote name="Cristine87"]None of these people knew Michael personally, why the hell are they being given air time to spit out some stupid, uninformed opinion of him? Also, why are people acting like his kids were raised so horribly? Again, many people who actually knew Michael stated that he was an amazing father and so did his own daughter. So why are people still questioning his parenting? [/quote]

I figured it out, they have to talk smack. You see these professionals have egos and reputations if for years they have been saying one thing when presented with facts to the contrary they are not going to cave so easily. Take for example the vitiligo, when the autopsy results came out that MJ wasn't lying the experts had to create spin; therefore, lets agree he had v but he gave it to himself. Lets agree no other drugs were found in his system besides what the doctor gave him, but he asked for them. Let's agree he loved his kids, but they aren't his . Speaking about the kids coincidence of coincidences on Michael's one year anniversary Britain's larger tabloid paper shot photos of the kids frolicking in Maui; and a shirtless Prince has a large freaking patch of vitiligo near his armpit. The tabloid went on to say he has the same affliction as his dad. Unbelievable. I couldn't make up this mess even if I tried.
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Post by Cristine87 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:13 am

[quote name="Teva"]
[quote name="Cristine87"]None of these people knew Michael personally, why the hell are they being given air time to spit out some stupid, uninformed opinion of him? Also, why are people acting like his kids were raised so horribly? Again, many people who actually knew Michael stated that he was an amazing father and so did his own daughter. So why are people still questioning his parenting? [/quote]

I figured it out, they have to talk smack. You see these professionals have egos and reputations if for years they have been saying one thing when presented with facts to the contrary they are not going to cave so easily. Take for example the vitiligo, when the autopsy results came out that MJ wasn't lying the experts had to create spin; therefore, lets agree he had v but he gave it to himself. Lets agree no other drugs were found in his system besides what the doctor gave him, but he asked for them. Let's agree he loved his kids, but they aren't his . Speaking about the kids coincidence of coincidences on Michael's one year anniversary Britain's larger tabloid paper shot photos of the kids frolicking in Maui; and a shirtless Prince has a large freaking patch of vitiligo near his armpit. The tabloid went on to say he has the same affliction as his dad. Unbelievable. I couldn't make up this mess even if I tried.[/quote]
It's ridiculous to me! The truth is staring these people in the face and they have to turn it in to something else and make this big ass over-blown story out of it. I'm sitting there thinking to myself "Who the hell are these bozo's and why are they sitting their talking sh*t about something they known absolutely nothing about?"

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Post by MJfan01' » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:24 am

[quote name="Teva"]
[quote name="Cristine87"]None of these people knew Michael personally, why the hell are they being given air time to spit out some stupid, uninformed opinion of him? Also, why are people acting like his kids were raised so horribly? Again, many people who actually knew Michael stated that he was an amazing father and so did his own daughter. So why are people still questioning his parenting? [/quote]

I figured it out, they have to talk smack. You see these professionals have egos and reputations if for years they have been saying one thing when presented with facts to the contrary they are not going to cave so easily. Take for example the vitiligo, when the autopsy results came out that MJ wasn't lying the experts had to create spin; therefore, lets agree he had v but he gave it to himself. Lets agree no other drugs were found in his system besides what the doctor gave him, but he asked for them. Let's agree he loved his kids, but they aren't his . Speaking about the kids coincidence of coincidences on Michael's one year anniversary Britain's larger tabloid paper shot photos of the kids frolicking in Maui; and a shirtless Prince has a large freaking patch of vitiligo near his armpit. The tabloid went on to say he has the same affliction as his dad. Unbelievable. I couldn't make up this mess even if I tried.[/quote]
Yeah, it's sad that Prince having vitiligo is the only way people will believe he's Michael's son. They same tabloids that said Arnold Klein, Mark Lester and everyone else is the "true father".
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Post by Teva » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:52 am

@Christina

I understand how you feel, I felt the same way after watching Dimond on Showbiz Tonight, I was fit to be tied. It took me awhile to calm myself down. I then realized this is what Michael Jackson was fighting and living with everyday of his life since Thriller broke all the records, it escalated to astronomical levels after the 1993 allegations. No wonder he hardly watched television. If I can't understand or deal with the nonsense then how did Michael cope? Don't answer that I already know.

So many things I don't understand. For starters why isn't there more outrage by this man's friends and family over how he was treated in the media? I don't understand it. The only one that seem remorsful is Larry King, and even he could not resist the suduction of the kids paternity. Rabbi Shmuley said something that is so true, if those children had belong to any other celebrity other than Michael Jackson the media wouldn't be questioning who's their father. I don't understand why Katherine Jackson would go to a tabloid to give an exclusive? Her son hated the tabs, and they turned around and called him Jacko in the publication of the interview. This one has gone completely over my head; I just can't reason it out. His friends love to tell the media, Oh I tried to help him, I planned an intervention, yada yada yada. I am still waiting for one of them to say, you treated Michael Jackson badly.

I hate all of it, it is sad and nauseating. Just imagine the people you love, that you spent holidays with, and formed friendships wait until you die to stab you in the back, and hit where it would hurt the most, your children. Mark Lester, Arnold Klien, etc. the thing is they knew, they knew MJ would be horrified, yet they did it.

Everyone wants in on the Michael Jackson estate. Nude online gambling entrepeneurs, pornography producers, who's next?

This is my opinion with regards to Neverland, it should be sold. It should be sold with the condition that Prince, Paris and Blanket can rebuy it after a certain period of time, for an agreed amount of money. Right now it is costing the estate money to maintain and no one is leaving there. In my opinion the estate should sell it to an animal scantuary, or a nature reserve. Michael Jackson's Bedroom, studio, and the kids rooms should be padlocked. Keep the gawkers out.
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Post by Irish Flower » Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:06 pm

Yeah it is still the same crap. Still treating Michael like he was not human. The 'Gone Too Soon' documentary made me mad. When it came to Michael's personal life it was the same tabloid rubbish. These stuck up presenters on ABC when Karen Faye said Michael was not gay, she was like you say that with such conviction. Did he ever look at young men? WTF!! I mean seriously these stuck up conservative, smirky face idiots, it's still the same nonsense, just because he is a private man who told them none of his business. What I enjoyed watching was the tribute videos by artists remembering him one year on. Also some tweets and facebook messages by other celebrities. And the commodores remake of the Night Shift. Now that is remembering someone.

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Post by LittleSusie50 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:46 pm

I've got it...
I am gonna win a huge lottery jackpot and buy Neverland. That's my goal.
Refurbish it MJ style, and we can all live there happily ever after.
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