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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on July 11, 2009, in response to the Camera’s question: The memorial service for pop icon Michael Jackson this week garnered a lot of attention. Some critics say that the media coverage of the aftermath of his death at age 50 has been overblown, while others contend that it has been appropriate, since he was a controversial figure, but also an entertainer of great magnitude. What do you think?

I received a caller who turned out to be a friend on Tuesday with a semi-robotic voice asking, “What is your favorite Michael Jackson song?” The second question came after a pause, “What is your favorite Michael Jackson moment?” My favorite moment was when Jackson dangled his baby over a balcony showing he really valued children. No song comes to mind though I liked his moonwalk. Our conversation underscored the media’s ridiculous attention to Jackson.

Despite that, CBS was the only network to explain why American’s Fourth Estate went googly-eyed. CBS reported their normal news cycle was “seized — and then saturated — by the death of Michael Jackson.” Somehow CBS could do nothing but air the full memorial and send Katie Couric to broadcast the evening news from the site.

With the major news focus on Jackson, we missed hearing about why Obama’s popularity is slipping though those paying attention on NBC may have heard a bit of the debate. Interestingly, Obama was often compared to a rock star during the campaign. Now, Obama, the “King of Politics,” or President of the United States, was overshadowed by the “King of Pop” to the point Obama was asked for a sound bite on Jackson. Yes, Obama has some Jackson songs on his iPod.

We many never know the news we missed. We do know, however, Obama was not received in Europe as he was during his Berlin speech. In Russia, no one swooned when Obama gave a graduation speech in Moscow, and elsewhere he was just another visiting dignitary.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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