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I normally really like Matt Lauer but right now I am so uncomfortable watching him interrogate interview Michael Jackson's doctor's attorney on the Today show. First of all, this guy is a legal representative, not a a piece of the doctor's brain that can be picked through for details. And this is not a freaking trial, where this level of questioning or this tone may be taken on by a particularly aggressive cross-examiner.

Back off, seriously. :(

I'm totally freaked out that Michael Jackson and Billy Mays, both 50 years old, died suddenly within days of each other. My death phobia is in full effect; I've been anxious all weekend. I'm also disturbed that Michael Jackson's death and its ensuing media coverage has basically taken over the world. I was definitely shocked and saddened to hear of his death, and truly hope he rests in peace. But I really can't stand how the American media has a way of taking a story like this and covering it to the exclusion of all else. I mean, isn't Iran still in shambles after their election problems? Aren't our troops still sacrificing life and limb in the Middle East? Isn't anything else happening????

Not to mention Farrah Fawcett's death, not unexpected but still tragic after 3 years of suffering, has been all but forgotten despite the media's months-long vigil.

The Today Show just covered Michael Jackson's death and its aftermath (inquisition-style) for 20 minutes, and not a mention of Billy Mays' death in the top stories segment. I found out about it on the stupid crawl on the bottom of the screen.

Date: 2009-06-29 11:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rachet.livejournal.com
Here's something to compare it to.

Another great TV icon, Groucho Marx died.

The next day The King of Rock and Roll died.

Not a single word was mentioned again about the great Groucho. It was all about Elvis.

I find that odd. TV icon, "Titled" rock star. And it happened again now. Except it's all about Jackson. Weird.

Date: 2009-06-29 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acciopotter.livejournal.com
That is so weird.

Date: 2009-06-29 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] acciopotter.livejournal.com
Oh, honey, just wanted to say something regarding your deleted Billy Mays post. I don't really understand anyone being over-the-top offended or defriending you over this. You know and acknowledged it wasn't a nice thing to say, and it is so not the person you are. Honestly, I was surprised by it because it seemed quite unlike you; you are NOT a mean person and not snarky like that when it comes to something serious. Anyway, it's coming out wrong but I wanted to make you feel better by telling you that I don't think less of you or that you are a mean person.

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