Thursday, June 25, 2009


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Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. That's a lot for one day. I walked in from work just a few minutes before TMZ announced that Michael Jackson had died. That was several hours ago. They're still covering the story on all the cable news channels. I know this is big, but once the LA coroner confirmed that he'd died there wasn't really anything more to cover, other than his brother's brief statement.

There have been numerous phone interviews with people in Jacko's life from which you could get the definite impression that Michael's world was full of people pretty much as whacked as he was. Al Sharpton managed to make the death of Jackson into an opportunity to get some camera time even though he's in New York and doesn't seem to have anything particularly to do with the current situation.

Good Lord, now they're showing the helicopter carring his body landing on a heliport on the way to the coroner's office. Isn't this just a little creepy? Now they're following the van that's taking the body to the coroner, ala OJ's SUV. Papparazzi to the bitter end.

It's getting harder to think of things to talk about and even Keith Olbermann is beginning to lapse into babble occasionally. One thing no one's talking about is Farrah Fawcett. That was so earlier today. We've forgotten about poor Farrah now. There is talk about whether or not Michael Jackson found the life he wanted. The consensus was, "No". Probably a fair bet.

Now they're talking about how we're all going to die and that gives us something in common with Michael Jackson. Presumably we have that in common with such folks as Aristotle and Attila the Hun as well.

Now there's that lunatic lawyer who Keith spoke to over the phone. He's out there talking on camera now. He looks just like he sounded on the phone. Oh, I looked away for a moment and now Reverend Al has thrown on a suit and tie and gotten his ass to the MSNBC New York studios. The man is alert. You have to give him that.

I'm sorry. All due respect to the berieved and the news guys who are just doing their best to do their jobs, but it's time to let this rest in peace at least until the autopsy or toxicology reports come out because it's turning into a parody of a celebrity death. Michael Jackson is still dead.
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  1. Thanks, Zen. I've been watching MSNBC's coverage of the death, but when they showed the corpse being transferred from the helicopter to the van, I wanted to throw something.

    And I fear the coverage is only going to get worse in the weeks and months ahead.

  2. I think part of it is because it is just such a shock. Not that I am excusing it, just trying to explain it as best I can. Farrah was expected to a certain extent. I am just sorry it had to happen today and get totally blown away by Jacko.

    Farrah was so much an icon just as he was..but in a different way and now he will dominate the news instead of her getting her due.

  3. And Ed McMahon got NO love. :-)

    I watched the Jackson 5 cartoon as a kid. I think the coverage is crazy...the wall to wall MJ, but that's what news people do. MJ stories get ratings. Plus, the story hit on the weekend. A lot of weekend news is recapping the week.

    And I wanted to be Farrah when I was 10, but she didn't accomplish nearly as much as MJ.

  4. I've been out of town at a self-storage convention, but I definitely have noticed MJ's passing. The thing that scares me is that we have now had 5 celebrities die and these things always happen in 3s.