Late Night: (It Don't Matter If You're) Black or White

People continue to gather at the UCLA medical center, at Michael Jackson's rented residence in Bel-Air and at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

Janet Jackson's spokesman says she's devastated and flying back to California from a pre-filming location. The autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

How terrible has tonight's television coverage been? I recap here. As for some of the better coverage, see below: [More...]

The only watchable TV coverage of the night has been Anderson Cooper. The best guest on all the networks: New York criminal defense lawyer Ben Brafman, who at Johnny Cochran's request, represented Michael Jackson during the early months of his criminal trial. No spin, no self-promotion, just well-told examples of interactions with Michael, whom he described in part as a very frail, lonely "man-child" who seemed to be in great pain.

Goodnight, Michael, Rest in Peace. I only wish many of those coming out to praise you tonight had been there for you yesterday.

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    I'd like to offer up (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by nycstray on Thu Jun 25, 2009 at 11:35:38 PM EST
    this video. May not be the most popular, but he did have something to say.

    Thanks for B&W, always liked that one.

    thanks, it's excellent! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 12:29:20 AM EST
    He did have something to say (none / 0) (#8)
    by Inspector Gadget on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 01:12:52 PM EST
    and his music, as well as his dancing, came straight from the soul.

    My favorite is Man in the Mirror


    More Michael Videos (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by andgarden on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 01:03:58 AM EST
    HD Smooth Criminal.

    I don't think I've ever seen it in full, but WOW. That's some first class choreography.

    I quit watching the tv news coverage shortly after (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by Angel on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 08:03:57 AM EST
    they declared him dead because I knew it would get ridiculous.  I will remember Michael Jackson for his music, his genius, and his gentle spirit, and I will not indulge in any of the tabloid sensationalism that has already erupted.  RIP, Michael.

    I hear that... (5.00 / 3) (#5)
    by kdog on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 08:20:36 AM EST
    after tuning in to just make sure it wasn't a rumor, I turned off the boob-tube and turned on the records.

    Do most think he was completely (2.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Slado on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 12:48:48 PM EST
    innocent regarding the child molestation charges?

    I've always assumed (and could have done so wrongly) that his actions where by in large innapropriate if not illegal and if he hadn't been a celebrity he'd have gone to jail.

    As for him personally I feel sorry for the extremely weird person from an innability to grow up and from being thrust into the national spotlight at a very early age.

    I would compare him with Elvis in that being the kind of once in a generation superstar led to a lifestyle no human could manage or make normal by most standards.

    While it is always bad to disparage the dead I feel the media is glossing over the real issues he seemed to have with young boys and the reality that those actions drove him into solitude and bankruptcy.

    Either way I must say I loved his music and may he RIP.


    we will not discuss the (none / 0) (#9)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 04:35:07 PM EST
    criminal charges he was acquitted of here or sully his character.

    I didnt watch any news coverage (none / 0) (#6)
    by Capt Howdy on Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 08:43:48 AM EST
    last night.  I knew it would be the beginning of the weeks long "Michael Jackson is still dead" coverage.