Why not just tell people I’m an alien from Mars?
Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight.
They’ll believe anything you say, because you’re a reporter.
But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, “I’m an alien from Mars,
and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight,”
people would say, “Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts.
You can’t believe a damn word that comes out of his mouth.”
Correspondent Richard Ben Cramer goes behind the scenes to investigate
television coverage of the Michael Jackson story.
In this look at the people, organizations, and economic pressures
that have led to the tabloidization of American television,
Frontline uncovers media bias.
On June 13, 2005, a California jury fully acquitted Michael Jackson of despicable crimes against a child.
For at least two years before the indictment against Jackson was filed, the case provided unprecedented fodder for American media to revile and eventually utterly devastate the reputation of an outstanding American entertainer, father, son, brother, and friend.
Armed with poison pens, the media—tabloid and mainstream alike—launched an all-out war against the truth. To coin a phrase, American journalism became medialoid—mainstream media infected by tabloid journalism. Abandoning all semblance of journalistic integrity, medialoid descended on a courthouse in Santa Barbara, California, to feast on the soul and spirit of a man considered by many to be one of the greatest entertainers and one of the most prolific humanitarians America has ever produced.
That an otherwise honorable profession as journalism would act in concert to destroy a living, feeling, striving and contributing human being just to achieve ratings is abhorrent.
The collective effort of American media to nullify the jury’s decision is not a figment of the imagination. Their effort is viewable and verifiable. This website will prove that Michael Jackson suffered mightily at the hands of American media. There are other countries whose media were just as malicious and destructive, but we’re concerned only with how American media destroyed the life of Michael Joseph Jackson, an innocent man.
This website has been built, page by page, by a group of Michael Jackson’s admirers. We are advocates not only of the man but of Truth. So many in the press relentlessly mocked and vilified Michael Jackson for years.
The contents of this website will attempt to answer that question.
Our open letter is about making sure those
entrusted with journalistic power
are prevented from manipulating the facts
and abusing those about whom they write.
Join us by signing the open letter.