Dancing with Michael Jackson by Toni Bowers Baltimore and its discontents

MUST READ – Dancing with Michael Jackson by Toni Bowers
Baltimore and its discontents- –

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An amazing review/article has just been written by LA Review of Books – Bower’s look at the current racial inequities being highlighted in America’s legal system and how it relates to the way Michael Jackson was treated.  It is very much worth a read and SHARE —  the more the world is awakened to the injustices meted out on Michael Jackson the more they might realize why it happened and what was the reasonings behind it.

Excerpt –

“I asked a 20-something friend what he thought of Michael Jackson’s music: do kids still dance to it? My friend’s response was instructive. “Great music,” he said, “but when someone got up to what he did with little children, he’s better forgotten.” I was stunned. Is it possible? After one of the most expensive and intensive trials in American history resulted in “not guilty” on all counts, after repeated demonstrations that Michael Jackson engaged in no wrongdoing but was targeted by extortionists, and in the face of the now huge amount of consistent testimony to the honorable, damaged human being Jackson actually was, can it be that the media bottom-feeders who saw his lynching as a profit opportunity continue, to this day, to define Jackson and limit the power of his work? Apparently so. The slow-motion crucifixion of Jackson’s reputation that took place more than a decade ago still goes on.  .  .  .

The same nation of viewers who were willing to sit by and let the nightmare engulf Jackson now watches even more harrowing experiences overtake dozens of others. Some observers are using the irresponsibly selective footage from Baltimore that the national media have presented as fodder for reinforcing their prejudices. (Who would guess, watching TV, that destruction has been less common than orderly demonstrations and gestures of solidarity?) Jackson’s experiences and those of the many, many people of color who have recently run afoul of the police and died for it are not the same. But they are, in certain ways, related. They are disgraceful in similar ways, and for similar reasons. They expose similar pathologies that are eating away at us, and make us see more than we want to see about ourselves.

Here is one thing that Michael Jackson’s experience makes clear: the acts of injustice that we are witnessing now are founded on, in a way authorized by, an appalling, long-standing fact of life in the US: that when it comes to respect, civil rights, and justice, it does matter if you’re black or white. Jackson was the most visible American of color in recent years who found that he had only to be accused to be treated savagely. But the discovery was by no means unique to him. (What was unique was how directly responsible the media were for what Jackson suffered; few actual criminals have to endure the ignominy he did in front of a global audience.) In Jackson’s case as in every one of the sickening cases we have heard about in the past couple of years, an American of color was denied one of the most precious rights all Americans supposedly enjoy: the presumption of innocence. Each of the cases is different, but in that important way, each is alike, too.”

READ and SHARE Full article here  – “Dancing with Michael Jackson by Toni Bowers: Balitmore and it’s discontents

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Citizen Journalism: You Can Change the World

MJJJusticeProject:

WE are most decidely in love with DB Anderson — Buds …

Originally posted on dancing with the elephant:

Willa:  This week I am so excited to be joined by D.B. Anderson, author of two of the most popular articles in our Reading Room. “The Messenger King: Michael Jackson and the Politics of #BlackLivesMatter” is an opinion piece published by The Baltimore Sun that places Michael Jackson’s activism within the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. And “Sony Hack Re-ignites Questions about Michael Jackson’s Banned Song” is a self-published article that went viral, becoming the most popular independent post in all of Gawker Media for 2014 – and it wasn’t even published until mid-December. Thank you so much for joining me, D.B.!

D.B.: Thank you so much for having me, Willa! I’ve been reading Dancing with the Elephant for a long time and I always walk away with new insights, so it’s quite an honor to be here myself.

Willa:  Oh, it’s an honor to talk with you. And your…

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‘Barbershop Books’- Right up Michael Jackson’s Alley –

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 3.59.05 PMIn honor #WorldBookDay -we’re highlighting an article we thought would inspire MJGlobal family, as we was know how dedicated Michael Jackosn was to gaining knowledge and promoted reading as a way to acquire a broader view of the world.  Below are excerpts from an Article entitled “Getting African-American Boys to Read”

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“Many young black males don’t see reading as part of their identity, one NYC educator believes. Haircut by haircut, he’s trying to fix that.

When Alvin Irby was teaching kindergarten and first grade in Harlem and the Bronx, he saw that many of his students—especially African American boys—needed new associations around books. Statistically, those boys are the most reluctant when it comes to reading—and lag more in test scores. ”

“I’m developing this theory that a lot of young black males simply don’t associate books with their identity,” says Irby. “Fathers are missing from a lot of black children’s early reading experiences. There aren’t many black male teachers, either.”

That’s how Barbershop Books was born. Irby, now just a few weeks away from a master’s degree in public administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, had a simple idea: Go to neighborhood barbershops that African American families visit on a regular basis. Set up a shelf of children’s books specially selected to appeal to young boys (action-packed, culturally relatable, and led by male characters). Get the barbers to encourage boys to pick up “No, David!” or “Calling All Cars!” while they wait for their haircut, or even once they’re in the chair.

Even if the book is a little above or below the kid’s reading level, and even if there’s not an adult sitting next to him as he reads, boys are still making an implicit link between reading and barbershops—which are cultural hubs in New York City’s African American communities. The bit of encouragement from the barber, most often an older black man, is essential too.

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So far, Irby has six barbershops set up in Harlem and Brooklyn. He’s looking to expand to 25 by September, with the help of $5,000 that he and a team of other NYU students won for Barbershop Books, as finalists in UPenn’s Fels Public Policy Challenge. He’s looking for additional funding for the project while fielding calls from people in other cities who want books with their haircuts, too.

Read full article: Barbershop Books 

Alvin Irby points out that role models are much needed to encourage young black boys to identify themselves with reading. Michael credits Rose Fine, his tutor, as being his role model. She taught him and his brothers during Jackson5 tours and he considered her like a second mother. 

“We traveled with a wonderful tutor, Rose Fine, who taught us a great deal and made sure we did our lessons. It was Rose who instilled in me a love of books and literature that sustains me today. I read everything I could get my hands on. New cities meant new places to shop. We loved to shop, especially in bookstores and department stores”

“I love to read. I wish I could advise more people to read. There’s a whole other world in books. If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading. You can see anything and go anyplace you want by reading.”  Moonwalk

Knowing he had great following Michael was dedicated to being a role model himself. In January 1979, Michael Jackson donated an unspecified number of books, including Peter Pan to the Chicago Public Library’s, Young Adult Section and promotes reading through a library program called Boogie to the Book Beat.

“Role Models are key to a child’s development. As with those little people I saw happily skipping into the library to pick out books, each was led by a significant adult…one who not only expressed the joy of reading…but, showed it. Bedtime stories give children the gift of a lifetime. Michael was moved to include reading to children as part of the CHILDREN’S UNIVERSAL BILL OF RIGHTS in his Oxford Address for the Heal the Kids Initiative…rededicating all of us to the wonder of childhood.” Jude Ling

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Michael Jackson was self-educated and driven with his own fire to learn. The media never really did any sort of research regarding that part of his character and it would not have jived with the mischaracterization they wanted to put forth.  In a 1984 Ebony Interview. Wesley Snipes began to speak on Michael, his voracious reading and world knowledge – something the media would never report –

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His attorney Robert Sanger also has spoken in depth publicly about Michael’s incredible knowledge:

“… We stand up and the judge leaves, and Michael turns to me and says, “Bob, the jury system is much older than 200 years, isn’t it?’ I said, ‘Well, yeah, it goes back to the Greeks.’ He says, ‘Oh yeah, Socrates had a jury trial, didn’t he?’ I said, ‘Yeah, well, you know how it turned out for him.’ Michael says, ‘Yeah, he had to drink the hemlock.’ That’s just one little tidbit. We talked about psychology, Freud and Jung, Hawthorne, sociology, black history and sociology dealing with race issues. But he was very well read in the classics of psychology and history and literature.”

To further illuminate this issue we only have to look at Michael Jackson expansive Neverland Library which held over 10,000 volumes – Picture from Libraries to Top All Libraries.

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What others say about one of Michael’s favorite books, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull:

One of the things he always told me was, Don’t be afraid to be different. In other words, when you have that desire, that drive, people are going to try to pull you away from that, and pull you closer to the pack to be “normal.” And he was saying, It’s O.K. to be that driven; it’s O.K. to be obsessed with what you want to do. That’s perfectly fine. Don’t be afraid to not deviate from that. One of the books that he gave me that helped him communicate with me was Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which was about that.”              Kobe Bryant

“I remember when you read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach all the way through in one sitting at Disney World. Thank you for always being there for me and for teaching me to believe in dreams! We miss you..Happy birthday!” Anthony Jackson

“One of the books Michael told me to read on the trip was Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Jonathan, out of all the seagulls saw that here was more to life than just being a seagull – more than what was right in front of him. Michael wanted to live that way – to fly beyond all expectations, to live an extraordinary life. He instilled that ambition in me, often asking me, “Do you want to be Jonathan, or one of the other birds? 

And on gainging knowledge:

“On weekends in the city, we often went to the movies or comic book stores, but what I remember most fondly about those visits was that Michael introduced me to the joys of books. I was dyslexic, and reading had always been tough for me, but when I complained that I didn’t like to read, he said, “Well, then you will be dumb and ignorant for the rest of your life. Frank, you can do anything you want in this world, but if you don’t have knowledge, you are nothing. If I gave you a million dollars right now, would you take it? Or would you want to have the knowledge of how to make that million on your own?”

I knew the correct answer to this question. “I’ll take the knowledge.”

“That’s right. Because with knowledge you can make the first million into two.” Frank Cascio

It’s clear that being a role model to a young boy who may not have a father around to instill that desire to read is most desirable and thankfully for many, Michael was took on that important role.

So today in honor of  #WorldBookDay … We ask you to make it a point to  encourage young people to read – Volunteer at an Elementary School reading program or in your local Library – And  most importantly donate to endeavors that encourage reading like Alvin Irvy’s Barbershop Books.

Donate to Barbershop Books 

Sources:

Donate to Barbershop Books http://readingholidayproject.org

https://mjjjusticeproject.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/michael-jackson-extremely-well-read/

http://michaeljackson-innocentvoices.com/little-sponges-of-pure-delight/

Libraries to Top All Libraries

Getting African-American Boys to Read With ‘Barbershop Books’

https://books.google.com/books?id=CDe_aPsA4lQC&pg=PT141&lpg=PT141&dq=boogie+to+the+book+beat&source=bl&ots=nRh70_g84l&sig=8kt3KCoF0PgOrUpmQzw1JJCGrK0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Mm45VcHnKYq5oQSNvoCwBA&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=boogie%20to%20the%20book%20beat&f=false

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2002&dat=20010327&id=vF0vAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PtsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5098,6875149&hl=en

http://www.mjfancommunity.com/human.htm

http://EconomicPolicyJournal.com : Michael Jackson “Extremely Well-Read,” Had 10,000 … http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/08/michael-jackson-extremely-well-read-had.html?spref=tw … #WorldBookDay

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A Reblog – The Cutting Edge – The Michael Jackson “Truth Hurts”

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Original post April 10, 2004

When Dungeons Shake
25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 27The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:25-30)

Michael Jackson is a threat. To everybody. Except children, of course. Otherwise, he would not be going the way traveled before him by James Baldwin, Paul Robeson, and even Josephine Baker—African Americans who found a resting place for their heads overseas in Europe. I wonder now if Mr. Jackson, once he is cleared of these trumped up charges of child molestation, will not, for the sake of his own dignity and sanity, follow suit and leave America behind.

I couldn’t blame him.

If my estate was pillaged and ransacked by a bitter white, hate-filled man who, without apology, without probable cause, and without common sense, I’d consider another address. Sneddon’s rampage evoke the image of the senseless rage of some white overseer who is bent on exacting some measure of sick joy out of torturing the psyche of his boss’s slave. Sneddon stepped onto———no I take that back: he and his mob stormed the gates of Neverland like U.S. commando forces thundered through the city of Tikrit to capture Saddam Hussein. Helicopters swarmed over Jackson’s abode like vultures suddenly whipped into a sickening frenzy over the stench of dead carcasses.

The latest scandal Jackson is faced with is like nothing he has faced before. In addition to staring down a twenty years prison sentence, Jackson is facing another prison of sorts: an avalanche of scurrilous press saturated with lies and innuendo. Is the onslaught payback for years of Jackson refusing to toady to the whims of a media clamoring for every morsel of information about every detail of his life? Is Jackson that big of a threat to them, to their “right-to-know” mentality? For all practical purposes, the media has cast off all restraint, stripping themselves of ethics, integrity and common decency, writhing in a defiled bed of slander, libel, and outright character assassination. Money indeed makes liars and whores out of many.

Michael Jackson is also a threat to white society[1].  He is the one who simply would not stay in his “place”. For centuries, it has always been acceptable for blacks to entertain but never to own and control their own services. Even black minstrels who found work after the Civil War were controlled by white managers who profited more than they did. Sound familiar? But Jackson has never played the part of anybody’s minstrel. He made it clear that there was more to him than simply performing. His business acumen helped earn him co-ownership of the Beatles catalog as well as songs of Elvis Presley. Do not think for a minute that this move set well with some white folks in the music industry. Unlike some of the young black artists who wear their bling bling around their necks or in their mouths, Jackson actually OWNS something substantive and formidable. And folks have been trying to wrench it from him ever since. For some whites, Michael Jackson will never be anything more than a nigger, albeit a rich one, but still a nigger. Du Bois’ words, though spoken a century before, still ring true today concerning the problems of the color line in America.[2]

White folks aren’t the only ones who are threatened by Jackson. Some in the black community are just as intimidated by Jackson. Yeah, I said it! Some of my people confuse and befuddle me. On one hand, these sold-out “proud-to-be-black-y’all-and-that’s-a-fact- y’all” people love to brag about how important it is for us to be different, to be edgy, and to defy the box (or coffin) mainstream society tries to place us in. This mentality is trumpeted about in the hip hop community and marks the language, the apparel, and the music.

On the other hand, however, the moment a black artist breaks outside “the box”, he or she is branded a sellout. Some of us forgot the fact that the black community is as guilty of boxing its people in as white society is. “Look at him! He ain’t black enough. He bleached his skin!” Is blackness based merely on appearance? And what is it to be black, o critical ones? If nothing else, Jackson is guilty of attempting to move beyond the boundaries set by society PERIOD. However, it at least appears, at least according to a number of polls, that a number of blacks are attempting to look at both Jackson and this case against him with some measure of objectivity and even support if they so feel moved. This is not a call to blind followership rooted solely in racial solidarity but rather to move toward the common sense and dignity of not judging a thing or a person by its cover. We all, irrespective of our social location, want that much.

But even the racial element in the Jackson drama is trumped by the cultural issues surrounding masculinity and sexuality. While Jackson is maligned for being a man who openly admits and demonstrates his affection for and sensitivity to children, “respected” members of parishes, churches, law enforcement, etc continue to victimize children sexually themselves. While the media continues to speculate about Jackson’s sexuality because of his appearance, his voice, and his unwillingness to be anything but a gentleman when it comes to discussing his personal relationships with women, football players and politicians, traditional pictures of assumed masculinity, continue to come out of the closet. Interesting. For the record, Jackson has, without denigrating the gay community, denied that he himself is gay. The media, however, continues to be selectively deaf to his voice.

Even more troubling to me is the underlying assumption that it is somehow abnormal for a “real” man to show affection for children. I’m sorry but I honestly believe this lie is one of the biggest hindrances to authentic masculinity in society today. How many adults are now griping that their fathers were never there for them emotionally, never showed them any kind of affection? Rest assured, Jackson is anything but weak. How many tough guys could survive the ish he’s been through? Some would have committed suicide. Other would no doubt drink themselves into oblivion. Yet Jackson is poised to fight Sneddon, to fight the media, and most importantly, to fight the charges that he is a child molester. Michael Jackson is as much a man as I’ve ever seen, PERIOD!!!

In closing, there is little doubt in my mind or heart that Jackson will be cleared. How long this sham of a process will take, however, is anyone’s guess. But when it is finished, Jackson will be a man freed from the constraints of other people’s ideological fetters and liberated from the ghost of a shocking allegation. Some of course, will always believe that Jackson is guilty simply because they are either too lazy to think or too biased against Jackson to even consider that the case against him a shady. But rest assured, someday and that right soon, Jackson’s very soul will resound with the words of one poet, “My dungeon shook, and my chains fell off.”[3]

[1] Please note that I am not referring to all white people and merely some. The same also applies to any discussion of the black community.

[2] W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk. (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1994), 9.
[3] James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time. (New York: Vintage International, 1993), 10.

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Thank you Mira Jackson

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Michael Jackson’s Global fans ask for Journalistic Investigation of NYPost Stacy Brown

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.36.34 PMMJGlobal family – Now is our time to become pro-active-

We all are aware that Stacy Brown of the NYPost continually and with impunity. posts articles with no basis in truth or named sources on Page Six-

Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate and the MJEstate have stated publicly – against these reports.

“Statement from the Estate of Michael Jackson RE: Stacy Brown

We have received a number of inquiries from the community regarding the most recent Stacy Brown story. As many of you are aware, the Estate generally prefers not to legitimatize the lies and rumors spread in the media or expand the coverage by other media of those stories. However, the Estate has asked that we share with you the following statement that was issued by Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Estate of Michael Jackson, in a response to a request for comment yesterday:

“We are aware of recent false “reports” regarding Michael Jackson having, among other things, paid over $200 million to 20 “victims.” There is not a shred of evidence to support these ludicrous “reports.” It is unfortunate that, even in death, Michael cannot be free of these types of allegations, but we are confident that the truth will prevail in the end, just as it did in 2005 when a jury fully exonerated him.”

The Estate is steadfast in its defense of Michael in courts and that will not change regardless of what lies and rumors are spread by journalists with their own agendas.

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“Not a Shred of Evidence”

Currently in the News –

Almost immediately following the Rollingstones disturbing story regarding a gang rape of a female student  by members of fraternity at Unversity of Virginia .. the story seemed to unravel and eventually fall apart.

The New York Times called in to question the journalistic integrity of not only the author, but the Rollingstones editor, the article obvious bias and issues regarding lack of research and finding out the other side of the story.   A Report on RollingStone- A Case Study in Failed Journalism 

While we applaud the New York Times for calling out this bias fabricated story we wonder why other stories that are clearly baseless and contain equally salacious allegations and accusation of sexual misconduct are not simiarly called out.

Why isn’t this case of Failed Journalism called out when Wade Robson claims of “rape” are simply accepted because he’s brought a civil suit against the Estate of Michael Jackson? 

In the Fox411 article, Holly McKay quotes Howard Weitzman but  uses unnamed “inside sources” to add salacious and half-truths – and Then she fails to explain further that the housekeeper who testified for the prosecution was impeached on the stand by Tom Mesereau, as was many of the State witnesses.  There is a reason why Michael Jackson was found NOT GUILTY on 14 counts... and yet the article makes it sound like the housekeepers account was accepted by the jury, as fact.

No one called out Fox411 article nor the author Holly McKay for writing a biased piece against Michael .. Why ?  Is it just because it’s Michael Jackson? 

Jack Shafer of Politico penned a very interesting piece that echoes our concerns. Why point out RollingStone egregous violations of journalistic code when other “reporter” and publications are not?

Please do read http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/04/rolling-stone-rape-columbia-report-116714.html#ixzz3WekyZA4P

We think the New York Times, Politico and Forbes and other publications should investigate and report about the  NyPost lack of journalistic standards and FAKE Michael Jackson stories, as much as they did RollingStones for their FAKE rape story-

MJJJP decided to ask a few of the journalist who were discussing the Rollingstone issue if they’d look into Stacy Brown’s completely fabricated NYPost article which is filled with baseless accusation regarding Michael Jackson-

We shared a moment with Jonathan Swan

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“questionably sourced” ?  hmhm .. indeed

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We were elated to get a response from Jonathan Swan and he did advise us to contact Eric Wemple of Washington Post …. and so we did

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Every member of MJGlobal has the potential of making a difference.

We suggest any fans who are as concerned about continued reports that have no basis of facts regarding Michael Jackson being copy pasted over and over – to please express them in a similar manner.  Tweet to the journalist below, and any other who might be open to communicating on this topic. These are Journalists who are at least examining BAD journalistic practice and are alarmed by it- . @JackShafer  @RavisSomaiya @PeterHilmer @JonathanSwan

We must enter into dialogue and express ourselves – It’s TIME

We, the MJGlobal family,  as the largest social media group in the world need to raise our concerns in a concentrated voice – If we want to see a Change we must BE proactive in making the Change happen.  

Below are our twitlongers and expression of concern, feel free to use them or write out additional concerns – but Please do get involved.  We can not kvetch, then sit and do nothing about how Michael Jackson is written about by the copy paste media.

1. New York Times should speak to ALL violators of journalistic ethics.

@ravisomaiya We would appreciate the New York Times to mete out equal inspection upon the NYPost as it did on Rolling Stone articles. Please speak out with the same sort of admonishment for the baseless salacious lies regarding Michael Jackson in the NYPost –

It is the very SAME lack of journalistic ethics and self regulation that have been pointed out in the Rollingstones False UAV Rape case –

Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate has stated publicly – against these reports.

“We are aware of recent false ‘reports’ regarding Michael Jackson having, among other things, paid over $200 million to 20 ‘victims . . . . There is not a shred of evidence to support these ludicrous ‘reports.’ It is unfortunate that, even in death, Michael cannot be free of these types of allegations, but we are confident that the truth will prevail in the end, just as it did in 2005 when a jury fully exonerated him.”

Shouldn’t the New York Times bring same sort of investigation regarding credibility of “sources” and the idea of copy paste journalism that AOL, USAToday, Fox etc employed when baseless salacious allegation against Michael Jackson, are  posted again and again without benefit of research?

All we are asking is for FAIR & credible reporting –

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1slklfk

2. @jackshafer – We would appreciate you at Politco AND the New York Times to mete out equal inspection upon the NYPost as it did on Rolling Stone articles. Please speak out with the same sort of admonishment for the baseless salacious lies regarding Michael Jackson in the NYPost –

Your quote: “,.. Editors and producers at the highest ranks of journalism have fallen again and again during the past few decades, committing crimes against journalism that match or surpass those of Rolling Stone and Erdely”

The very SAME lack of journalistic ethics and self regulation that have been pointed out in the Rollingstones False UAV Rape case apply to NYPost Page Six article written by Stacy Brown – http://pagesix.com/…/lawyers-say-jacko-paid-200m-in-hush-m…/
Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate has stated publicly – against these reports.

“We are aware of recent false ‘reports’ regarding Michael Jackson having, among other things, paid over $200 million to 20 ‘victims . . . . There is not a shred of evidence to support these ludicrous ‘reports.’ It is unfortunate that, even in death, Michael cannot be free of these types of allegations, but we are confident that the truth will prevail in the end, just as it did in 2005 when a jury fully exonerated him.”

Shouldn’t ethical journalist bring Brown and the NYPost to task as well? Shouldn’t the New York Times has a standard in publishing integrity, bring same sort of investigation regarding credibility of “sources” and the idea of copy paste journalism that AOL, USAToday, Fox etc employ when baseless salacious allegation against Michael Jackson, are posted again and again without benefit of research?

All we are asking is for FAIR & credible reporting –

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1slklk93.Journalism ethics OR Copy Paste anything goes?

3. Journalistc ethics or Copy Paste Anything goes?

@PeterHelmer Can we expect Forbes to SPEAK OUT on the SAME lack of journalistic ethics regarding the FALSE NYPost Michael Jackson story posted by Stacy Brown?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhimler/2015/04/06/rolling-stones-festering-pr-problem/

Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate has stated publicly – against these reports.

“We are aware of recent false ‘reports’ regarding Michael Jackson having, among other things, paid over $200 million to 20 ‘victims . . . .

“There is not a shred of evidence to support these ludicrous ‘reports.’ It is unfortunate that, even in death, Michael cannot be free of these types of allegations, but we are confident that the truth will prevail in the end, just as it did in 2005 when a jury fully exonerated him.”

Shouldn’t the New York Times bring same sort of investigation regarding credibility of “sources” and the idea of copy paste journalism that AOL, USAToday, Fox etc employed when baseless salacious allegation against Michael Jackson, is posted again and again without benefit or research?

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1slkl9j

Michael sang .. “You and I must make a pact, we must bring salvation back …”

Let’s bring salvation back for Michael …. “where there is Love.. I’ll be there. “

ADDITIONAL READING – Michael Jackson Allegations  and Did Michael Jackson Pay Hush Money to Family in Brazil?

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/06/business/in-report-on-rolling-stone-a-case-study-in-failed-journalism.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/business/media/university-of-virginia-fraternity-to-go-after-rolling-stone-for-rape-article.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhimler/2015/04/06/rolling-stones-festering-pr-problem/

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/05/29/source-wade-robson-not-asking-for-lot-money-in-claims-against-michael-jackson/

http://michaeljacksonallegations.com/?p=1557

http://michaeljacksonallegations.com/did-michael-jackson-pay-hush-money-to-a-family-in-brazil-in-2003/

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Macaulay and Brett Barnes do NOT join Wade Robson’s lawsuit. WHAT BRETT REALLY SAYS

MJJJusticeProject:

Macauley Culkin and Brett Barnes are cyber stalked by MJtrolls who support Wade Robson. Is this Legal? Does Wade support this abuse?

Originally posted on Vindicating Michael:

The flood of comments following mentioning Brett Barnes’s reaction to Robson’s complaint made me change plans and demanded a post. First of all it was necessary to collect in one place the tweets from Brett Barnes and other Michael’s friends expressing their attitude to Robson’s lawsuit and secondly, there was also some news to share.

The collection of tweets will be far from full and will contain the things which are just close at hand, but even these will give you the general idea.

But first let me explain the headline of the post.

HOAX

MJ haters invent a new lie to promote their agenda MJ haters invent a new lie to promote their agenda

The reason for it is a strange discovery I made a few days ago when I came across the following headline:

The discovery was made when I was innocently googling for the names of Brett Barnes and Wade Robson and all of a sudden this…

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Vindicate Michael Jackson – We Thank You – Tom Mesereau-

Michael Jackson –

 The Chosen One

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The voice of divine love…a true messenger of God…

Michael’s “prosecution” was a TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE AND ONE OF THE MEANEST MEAN-SPIRITED ATTACKS ON AN INNOCENT PERSON IN LEGAL HISTORY…Tom Mesereau

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.05.57 AMMichael Jackson was one of the nicest, kindest people I’ve ever met. He really wanted to do more than just be a musical genius. He wanted to heal and change the world through love, through kindness, through art and through music. I do believe the world’s a better place because he was with us.

He was very gentle, very kind. There was…I sort of describe it as a UNIVERSAL MICHAEL and Michael the individual. There was this UNIVERSALIST MICHAEL who really wanted to change the globe, wanted to see the entire world focus on children. He felt that if children were properly loved and cared for we would significantly reduce violence in the world…significantly reduce meanness, significantly reduce poverty. That’s the UNIVERSALIST MICHAEL who thought he could heal the world through music, through humanitarian measures. He was the greatest humanitarian in world history. He actually is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest donor to children’s causes…which the media doesn’t like to focus on. There is also the individual Michael who I dealt with who was a person. He loved to see a child smile. He built Neverland to see children happy…respecting them for who they were. He was one of the wealthiest men in the world and could have spent all that money selfishly but, instead built a zoo, an amusement park, a Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.10.42 AMtheatre, had statues made devoted to the world’s children. If you looked at the artwork in his house,peter pan a lot of it centered on children and seeing them happyand respecting them for who they were, their race, their religion, what part of the world they were from, what kind of native traditions they had. This was someone who, as a person, loved to see a child smile, to see a child from the inner city who was growing up in poverty and violence, come to Neverland and look at a giraffe and smile, and look at an elephant and smile, get some free ice cream and just be happy. It just meant a lot to Michael because he was a very, very good person! But, unfortunately, when you are that much of a genius and you’re that wealthy, all of the sharks are going to come forward. Michael was a person who just didn’t want to be wrapped up in money matters all the time or legal matters. He wanted to do creative things. He wanted to do humanitarian things. That makes him even more of a target for frivolous lawsuits and frivolous claims Of course, because the media wants shock value and they want to see people go down in flames, and they were desperately hoping that he would be convicted because it would mean stories for years about what he looked like and how he was doing in prison and was he going to kill himself…believe me, they were salivating over his conviction and they were trying to skew all the reporting in a way they hoped would influence the jury to convict him. Even a lot of cheap shots at me throughout that time. Everyone was hoping to profit off his destruction. IT WAS TERRIBLE! It is one of my proudest moments in my lifetime just acquitting and vindicating him. In retrospect now, he only had approximately four more years to live. At least he was there to be with his kids and just be vindicated. Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.15.45 AM

The trial was so unjust. The case was so unjust and lacking in credibility. At Michael’s burial, which I attended, a young man, who in the 80’s was a rather high-profile case in California when his father doused him with gasoline and set him on fire burning most of his body including his face…his name is Dave Rothenburg known as Dave Dave. Michael took care of him. Dave spoke at Michael’s funeral about what a kind and decent, generous, wonderful person Michael was. I happen to know there were kids all over the world he did this for…disabled kids, children with illnesses and disabilities. Michael would write checks for them…nobody publicized it.

He did it because that’s what his heart wanted him to do. I think one of the cruelest things ever was to take his love for children, his desire to help kids and turn it against him and try and call him a monster as they did in the trial. IT WAS JUST HORRIBLE. It was just heart-wrenching to be there and watch him and see what a toll it took on him. It was a dreadful experience. It was painful. It was horrifying He couldn’t believe what he was listening to…some of the statements that were made. He couldn’t believe that anyone could accuse him of harming children. He couldn’t believe that anyone could accuse him of masterminding a conspiracy to falsely imprison a family, to abduct children, to extort. THESE ARE THINGS THAT MICHAEL IS NOT CAPABLE OF EVEN IMAGININGand, to formally charge him with this and then to call witnesses who were clearly not telling the truth to try to build a case against him was frigthening and very disheartening for him.

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Michael is a person who would often be up early in the morning walking through Neverland to relax and get close to nature…to look at the sky and the moon and the stars. I never expected Michael Jackson to be convicted on any felony count or misdemeanor. I BELIEVED, AND STILL DO, THAT HE WAS COMPLETELY INNOCENT OF THESE FALSE ALLIGATIONS. I had a very strong feeling that this jury was not going to convict him. Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.20.34 AM I met Michael Jackson during a very dark period. The forces of evil were trying to take him away from us. The man I came to know was a kind, gentle soul who really wanted to heal the world through music and art, love and decency. HE SUCCEEDED! He said this to me…”THE GREATEST THING YOU’LL EVER LEARN IS JUST TO LOVE AND BE LOVED IN RETURN.” Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 8.21.54 AM

“IT WAS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO DEFEND HIM.”  – Tom Mesereau

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Originally posted by MichaelJacksonChosenVoices 7/26/2013

Source for Tom Mesereau quotations from Reflections On The Dance interview with Tom Mesereau

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