Michael Jackson was huge in the world of music. The impact of his death Thursday has been compared to those of Elvis and Sinatra. The iconic man is also being remembered for his sometimes strange behavior and legal and financial problems. That’s appropriate. They were big parts of his life’s story.
I first watched news coverage of his death Thursday on WQAD’s 5 p.m. newscast, then on ABC News with Charlie Gibson at 5:30.
Later I took in some of the special report on CBS with Harry Smith.
Today, Friday, I’ll probably be trying to avoid the coverage.
No disrespect to Michael Jackson, but some of the media have now shifted into “overdo it” mode. The entire “Today” this morning was dedicated to coverage of MJ’s life and death. But I turned it off after watching some talking heads, supposedly legal experts, discussing questions they had no hope of answering: Who are the biological parents of his children? What will happen to the children? How much money, if any, is left in the estate? And on and on and on.
When the “real” news coverage stops and the talking heads’ speculation begins, I tune out.
There are bigger fish to fry: Government violence in the aftermath of the election in Iran, ramped-up attacks in Iraq as our troops prepare to leave the cities there and North Korean missiles purportedly aimed at Hawaii.
Copyright 2009 by Phil Roberts, Creative Enterprises.