Media Issues

What if things you see on TV or read in newspaper are false?! 

Michael Jackson was slandered, his name and legacy ridiculed, and his life ruined with changing of stories, complete lies about him and fabrications of things. He was the most bullied man on the planet, right in front of our eyes.

People don´t dislike Michael Jackson, they dislike the narrative the media has made up about him.

 

"I think my image gets distorted in the public's mind. They don't get a clear or full picture of what I'm like, despite the press coverage I mentioned early. Mistruths are printed as fact, in some cases, and frequently only half of a story will be told. The part that doesn't get printed is often the part that would make the printed part less sensational by shedding light on the facts."

Michael Jackson in his book "Moonwalk"

 
 
 

"I'm upset at the way he's being treated in the media. I think they're really trying to slander his name, and I really think that's unfair for the way that he's contributed to the American culture since the day he was born. I think he deserves much more than that."

Alicia Keys, November 21, 2003

 
 
 
 
 
“I want his children to know there was nothing strange about your daddy, it was strange what your daddy had to deal with.”
Rev. Al Sharpton addresses MJ‘s three children at Michael Jackson‘s memorial at the Staples Center 7-7 2009 
 

 

 

"The tabloid press are bastards, and you've got to have rhinoceros skin to deal with that kind of ignorance mentality." 

Michael Jackson

 

 

"The media tend to want to twist what you say and judge you. I want to keep it on the music and the art."

Michael Jackson, 12/14/01

 

 

"I don´t think I'll be judged solely on my music cuz the press has made me out to be this monster who's bizarre and weird."

Michael Jackson

 

Frank Dileo, Jackson's manager, responded to ridiculous allegations the media was making up in 1984:

"After the allegations, he married Lisa Marie. In their first TV interview the two newlyweds were asked if they have sex. Can you imagine a reporter asking Paul McCartney the same question shortly after he married Linda? Would any reporter ever ask newlyweds if they have sex? Why else should two people marry - to not have sex? The question was an insult but Lisa the little jewel answered, 'yes, yes, yes' - I love her for that. And so does Michael."

Joe Jackson, 2003

 

"It's not easy being in my position because it creates so much sensationalism and tabloid. People lie. They create rumors and stories and none of it's true and it's very, very difficult, you know? It's not easy, it's very hard, and you end up, you hurt sometimes and you try to be as resilient as possible but it's very, very difficult because there's tabloids who, they hate, they're jealous. When you read this, know it's a lie. Don't believe it. Burn it. We should have a tabloid burning. Make a mountain out of them and just destroy them... What can I do but bring forth the talent that God gave me? That's all I wanted to do. To share the love and gift of entertainment. That's all I want to do. I don't want to hurt anybody."

Michael Jackson in interview with Steve Harvey

 

 

"I can't help but pick up on some of the criticism leveled at me at times. Journalists seem willing to say anything to sell a paper. They say I've had my eyes widened, that I want to look more white. More white? What kind of statement is that? I didn't invent plastic surgery. It's been around for a long time. A lot of very fine, very nice people have had plastic surgery. No one writes about their surgery and levies such criticism at them. It's not fair. Most of what they print is a fabrication. It's enough to make you want to ask, ´What happened to truth? Did it go out of style?´"

Michael Jackson                                                         

   A pillow that MJ signatured for a charity auction in India:

 

Tired of injustice
Tired of the schemes
Your lies are disgusting
What does it mean
Kicking me down
I gotta get up
As jacked as it sounds
The whole system sucks

Michael Jackson in "Scream"

 

 

"The worst was anything on Fox News, which was home to all of the female talk show hosts, from Diane Diamond and Lisa Bloom to Nancy Grace...They talked about Michael as if he were dirt and tried to convince the world of these lies. I'm not even sure why, except to boost their ratings. He was acquitted on all charges, and he had been driven into hiding with his children. They had no news of Michael to report, but Michael was news, and if you're an avid news watcher the way I am, you realize that most news is 90 percent bad and 10 percent good, and they really went for that 90 percent."

La Toya Jackson, Michael´s sister in her book "Starting Over" (pg. 255)

 

 

“You gotta remember something - the minute I started breaking the all-time record in record sales, (…), overnight, they called me a freak, they called me a homosexual, they called me a child molester, they said I bleached my skin! They made everything to turn the public against me! And this is all a complete, complete conspiracy. You have to know that.”

Michael Jackson, talking at the "Equality For Blacks In Music World" event in Harlem, New York (2002)


 

"I told the truth and told them everything about me and they twisted it around. I don´t know what to do anymore. I tell the truth and it doesn´t work."

Michael Jackson

 

 

"Words may not hurt you physically, but they can destroy you emotionally."

Michael Jackson

 

 

"...The last time I was here (in Britain), I flew Mickey and Minnie Mouse from Euro Disney to a hospital in London for the sick kids and took them a load of toys and things to cheer them up. The next day’s papers said: "Wacko Jacko Snubs Sick Children". That really hurt me - I tried to help those children.... It was cruel and unnecessary."

Michael Jackson, The Daily Mirror Magazine, 1999

 

Example of offensive and dishonest tabloids covers
 

 

“The press is so hard on me here (in Britain). I try to do so good. I go to the hospitals [here], and I give presents to the children. As soon as I leave, the next day they go, ‘Wacko Jacko left the hospital and he ignored all the children’, and it hurts my heart! Because I purposefully flew Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse all the way from Euro-Disney and brought them with me to surprise the children, I brought bags of presents and everything, and I spent time with the kids and they make fun of me.

I’m touched by [working with children]. [Sobs] If it wasn’t for children I would throw in the towel! I would kill myself. I wouldn’t care to live. They give me my inspiration. They inspire everything I do. Every song I write, every dance, everything I do. They try to use it against me. It’s just been so unfair. I’m very upset about it, you know?”

Michael Jackson, 1999

 

"Michael always looked for the good in people, but he also wanted people to understand him, and what he was here for. This made the ridicule he endured so much harder to bear. How can someone who gave so much, be the subject of so much hate? Why is it, the more blessed we are, the tougher our times are destined to be?"

Jermaine Jackson

 

Michael Jackson - Im not a Jacko Im Jackson

 

[These documents I’m holding are] crazy stories that people have created, things I wanted to set straight in an interview […] I think it could have been [the interview with Diane Sawyer], (or) whatever the interview was that I wanted to do. To set the record straight that if people hear a lie long enough, people believe it, the people have lied on me. I’m a black American and I’m proud of it and… I’m honored of it. The bleach-skin rumor - which is a rumor, I don’t bleach my skin. They once said I wanted a white kid to play me as a child [for a Pepsi commercial], which was a rumor. [The Bill Clinton] inauguration rumor, saying I didn’t wanna do President Clinton’s inauguration [is another false rumor]. I’m not gay! This [sheet] says, ‘Don’t judge a person unless you have spoken to them one on one’, which is true, ‘cause what you hear is a lie’ […], ‘And Jesus said to love children and be like children’, and be youthful and be innocent and be pure and honorable. I mean, He was talking to his apostles, and they were fighting over who’s the greatest among themselves, and He said, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest among me”. And He always surrounded himself like, with children!... And that’s how I was raised to believe and to be like that and to imitate that. So, I don’t know what you’re trying to make out of this.”

Michael Jackson, during a 1996 deposition

 


“The tabloid press are bastards, and you've got to have rhinoceros skin to deal with that kind of ignorance mentality. They do it simply to sell papers, because bad news sell, not good news. They simply make it up. If they don't have anything, they just make it up. I'm nothing like the way the tabloids have painted me out to be, nothing. Nothing like that. They're the ones who are crazy. They're ignorant. I always say to my fans, 'Let's have a tabloid burning. Let's make a big mountain out of tabloids and just burn them.' The real fans who love me know that garbage isn't true. They know. They're smart.”

Michael Jackson in excerpt from “Gold” magazine interview (2002)

 

Money

 

“Haven’t you heard the rumor about me from Hollywood? They say I’m having an affair with this TV actor. It’s really terrible, because there’s nothing I can say or do to counter it. The more I deny it... well, you know..”

“The gossip magazines out there are the worst. They are full of color pictures and all the ladies read them in the beauty parlors. They superimpose pictures together with unbelievable headlines. I once saw one about Cher having an affair with a woman. And they had her face to face with her own sister. If they had known that was her sister in the shot, I bet they would have written a piece about incest instead."

Michael Jackson in 1977-‘78 interview 

 

False story printed in US Weekly:

  MJ with a jacket he got from his fans:

"I trusted Martin Bashir to come into my life and that of my family because I wanted the truth to be told. Martin Bashir persuaded me to trust him that his would be an honest and fair portrayal of my life and told me that he was the man that turned Diana's life around. I am surprised that a professional journalist would compromise his integrity by deceiving me in this way. Today I feel more betrayed than perhaps ever before; that someone, who had got to know my children, my staff and me, whom I let into my heart and told the truth, could then sacrifice the trust I placed in him and produce this terrible and unfair programme. Everyone who knows me will know the truth which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child. I also want to thank my fans around the world for the overwhelming number of messages of support that I have received, particularly from Great Britain, where people have e-mailed me and said how appalled they were by the Bashir film. Their love and support has touched me greatly. My greatest accomplishment, my greatest joy are my children. This is what life is all about. This is what love is all about.”

Michael Jackson´s reaction on British TV documentary by Martin Bashir, broadcast February 3, 2003  

 

 

"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. He's cracked up. You can't believe a damn word that comes out of his mouth."

Michael Jackson

 

Tabloid Junkie

Speculate to break the one you hate / Circulate the lie you confiscate / Assassinate and mutilate / As the hounding media in hysteria / Who's the next for you to resurrect / JFK exposed the CIA / Truth be told the grassy knoll / As the blackmail story in all your glory

It's slander / You say it's not a sword / But with your pen you torture men / You'd crucify the Lord / And you don't have to read it (read it) / And you don't have to eat it (eat it) / To buy it is to feed it (feed it) / Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / Though everybody wants to read all about it / Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual, actual / They say he's homosexual

In the hood / Frame him if you could / Shoot to kill / To blame him if you will / If he dies sympathize / Such false witnesses / Damn self righteousness / In the black / Stab me in the back / In the face / To lie and shame the race / Heroine and Marilyn / As the headline stories of / All your glory

It's slander / With the words you use / You're a parasite in black and white / Do anything for news / And you don't go and buy it (buy it) / And they won't glorify it ('fy it) / To read it sanctifies it ('fies it) / Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / (Everybody wants to read all about it) / Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / (See, but everybody wants to believe all about it)

Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / (See, but everybody wants to believe all about it) / Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual, actual / She's blonde and she's bisexual

Scandal / With the words you use / You're a parasite in black and white / Do anything for news / And you don't go and buy it (buy it) / And they won't glorify it ('fy it) / To read it sanctifies it ('fies it) / Why do we keep foolin' ourselves / Slander / You say it's not a sin / But with your pen you torture men / Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves

Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / (Though everybody wants to read all about it)

Michael Jackson in his song "Tabloid Junkie"

 

 

 

“Despite what the press says about celebrities and myself in general, I move ahead, I don’t pay attention to that tabloid junk. I have my dreams, I’m a visionary. I feel as if I had a suit of armor around me, like a rhinoceros skin. […] The press creates all of these stories, so people will buy their magazines or read their columns. You mustn’t read everything you read. Most of it is not true, mo...st of it’s garbage. And I want people to be aware of what the tabloid media is like. […] I believe in my work, like I said, I have great confidence in my dreams. When I have a great idea, I have an iron will, even though the media creates such negative stories, they do it just to sell more papers. If you look throughout history, and I’m not trying to put my name with the names of the past, it’s been pretty much the same. […] Some of the worst attentions have to do with ignorance on the part of the people because of bad press. If it happened to them, it can happen to me.”

Michael Jackson; excerpts from the “Simulchat” interview (1995)
 
 
 
 

"Scream" with lyrics

 
 

 

 

“I don't want paparazzi really, but if they come, be kind. Write the right, kind thing to write. […] What you saw, what happened to Lady Diana, you tell me. There should be some boundaries. Some kinda way. The star needs some space. Give him a chance to relax, he has a heart, he's human.”

Michael Jackson in his interview with Barbara Walters (1997)

 

 

"The media first turned the trial into a freak-show by emphasizing Jackson's peculiarities rather than his humanity, and stoked the ratings with constant, trivializing coverage while other, far more important stories went under-reported or completely ignored in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Washington, D.C. The press might respond by saying, We gave the people what they wanted. My response would be, My job is to give them what they want. When he steps into a recording studio, it's Michael Jackson's job to give them what they want. Your job is to give the people what they need." 

Stephen King

 

 

 

 

 

Leave Me Alone

 

It´s 2019 and tabloid press is still attacking. Here's what The Sun does: changing the headline and narrative of an entire article once they've realised that the original premise was incorrect / defamatory / lies. The original headline is in the first picture. Note the use of the word "paedo" based on expectations of the announcement made by MJ´s former manager Rymone Bain. The second headline, edited 1 day later. Once it became clear that Raymone Bain was not going to spill some salacious crap but defend MJ on the contrary, the article had to be quickly altered and focused at least on money. It was under the same URL on their web:

 

 

"I'm gonna be / Exactly what you wanna see / So did you come to me / To see your fantasies / Performed before your very eyes /  A haunting ghostly treat / The foolish trickery / And spirits dancing / In the light /  But if you came to see / The truth the purity /  It's here inside /  A lonely heart" 

MJ in Ghosts

 

 

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Charles Thompson is an award-winning writer who is doing an incredible job by clearing up some media´s disinformations and distortions about Michael Jackson. Make sure you read this:

charlesthomsonjournalist.blogspot.com/search?q=michael+jackson

 

 

“The Michael Jackson cacophony is fascinating in that it is not about Jackson at all. I hope he has the good sense to know it and the good fortune to snatch his life out of the jaws of a carnivorous success. He will not swiftly be forgiven for having turned so many tables, for he damn sure grabbed the brass ring, and the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo has nothing on Michael.

All that noise is about America, as the dishonest custodian of black life and wealth; the blacks, especially males, in America; and the burning, buried American guilt; and sex and sexual roles and sexual panic; money, success and despair–to all of which may now be added the bitter need to find a head on which to place the crown of Miss America.Freaks are called freaks and are treated as they are treated–in the main, abominably–because they are human beings who cause to echo, deep within us, our most profound terrors and desires.”

James Baldwin in 1985

"Amazing how the media just bashed him for not going to night clubs or having sex with strange girls just because they are fans,amazing how Fox,NBC,CBS &CNN were creeped out when they never heard about him doing all that craziness,they recognized with honour Elvis,Johnny Cash,Mick Jagger,Jerry Lewis &Steven Tyler who had been drug addict,had many affairs with random females"some were underage girls" still they declared them normal,yet when Mike treated his fans with LOVE&respect, they go O o!!"

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The document, that should be a fair look at Michael Jackson and his life, eventually stood at the beggining of Michael´s future alegation that hurt his heart and soul forever. MJ trusted jurnalist Martin Bashir and opened up his heart and home to him (that what very, very rare), but Martin Bashir abused this privilege and wasn´t fair with the final document, where his dishonesty was so evident. The first one below is Martin Bashir´s twisted and edited, the second one shows how unfair he behaved:

 

Living With Michael Jackson - Full Documentary

 

 

Michael Jackson ~ The Footage You Were Never Meant To See

 

 

After Michael´s death, Martin Bashir said that he never saw any wrongdoing:

 
 

 

After Michael´s death, Martin Bashir tried to reach Tom Mesereau:

 

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We hadn’t seen the doc yet so we didn’t know what he was talking about. No social media back then so we had to wait until that night to watch. I couldn’t believe he was crying to us. It was surreal. He was really sad and mad that he was being accused again. It aired and everyone freaked out cuz he was holding hands with Gavin. Fast forward a month later and we were at NL with Gavin. Him and his bro and sis kept talking about how MJ saved Gavin’s life. How MJ helped buy their family a house and a car. Helped pay medical bills. We spent HOURS that night with them. Had a silly string fight with them in the house, we all went to the amusement park, the arcade (where Michael came in with us).... this was all after 2-3 hrs spent at Toys R Us with them. NO SIGNS OF ANYTHING CRAZY. When we were leaving the next day Gavin was at the gates begin us to stay. Fast forward to November 2003 when MJ was arrested. When I found out who the boy was... I was FURIOUS!! I KNEW he was lying. I was shocked because what was being said was NOTHING like what was happening. I’m glad I was there so I have this perspective but it was so sad to see him go thru this complete BS trial and have every personal detail aired out for the world to see all because the family wanted $. I will forever believe in his innocence after that.

"I'm gonna be 

Exactly what you wanna see

So did you come to me 

To see your fantasies 

Performed before your very eyes

 A haunting ghostly treat

 The foolish trickery 

And spirits dancing 

In the light

 But if you came to see

 The truth the purity

 It's here inside

 A lonely heart" 

 

MJ in Ghosts

Oprah Winfrey

 

N1 interview with John Ziegler about "Leaving Neverland", US media and big picture:

 
                         
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Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates 

 

PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE “LEGACY” OF THE DECEASED. THOSE LEFT BEHIND CAN BE HURT.

 

antidefamationlegacylawadvocates.org/

antidefamationlegacylawadvocates.org/2013/11/12/did-you-know/

 

 

'Michael Jackson - Justice For MJ' by Badlikemike on Mixcloud

Thank you Michael (Intro)
By BadLikeMike
1 Scream
By Michael Jackson (Duet with Janet Jackson)
2 Xscape
By Michael Jackson
3 Money
By Michael Jackson
4 This Time Around
By Michael Jackson feat. The Notorious B.I.G.
5 DS
By Michael Jackson
6 Why You Wanna Trip On Me
By Michael Jackson
7 Tabloid Junkie
By Michael Jackson
8 Privacy
By Michael Jackson
9 They Don't Care About Us [Mikkas Bootleg Remix]
By Michael Jackson
10 Somebody’s watching me
By Rockwell Feat. Michael Jackson
11 Leave Me Alone
By Michael Jackson

 

Ron Newt Exposes Why He Was Offered $200K To Say MJ Touched His Kids:

 

 

Ron Newt died in 2019 (at the time when he was speaking in defence of Michael Jackson) 

 

 

"In summary, the reality is Michael Jackson's humanity is so deep, the implications and inferences of his art so monumentally and magnificently global that nothing American television could do to besmirch his character could ever, if you will, deny the legitimate genius that he represents and America has responded, as indeed has the globe."

Dr Michael Eric Dyson

 



 

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