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July 7th, 2009
05:13 PM ET

CNN Quick Vote: Michael Jackson Coverage

Your opinion of all the TV networks' Michael Jackson coverage -- from his death 6/25 through the L.A. memorial:

We've been getting a lot of feedback via Twitter, so we figured why not post an "official" Quick Vote on the ol' Kyra blog.

Click away - and if you have more to say, feel free to leave comments below!


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  1. Victor Hernandez

    John Mayer Amazing.........only true blue soul performance.

    Great Job

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  2. masimons

    Regardless of how you feel about the man, the memorial was nicely done.
    I was expecting it to be a promo for AEG's future DVD of the 100hrs of rehersal video they took.
    Now I hope the media will just give the family....and us, a break and leave them in privacy.
    Maybe in 6 months do a follow up on the kids.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  3. Victor Hernandez

    What is STYX?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  4. Victor Hernandez

    Stevie Wonder has to much inner conflict and couldn't channel correctly. Pity however still a great sight for the sic

    July 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  5. Luxandra

    Michael Jackson was not of this world !!! I will miss him along with a part of my life that was and never will be again.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  6. Bob Dobolina

    It's fine, but if it continues beyond today, it will be too much. There's plenty going on in the world that's far more important, and I really don't think we need to hear legal expert Jeffrey Toobin's thoughts more than once. Not that Jeffrey Toobin isn't a nice guy...

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  7. Dawn-Atlanta

    I think the media should have reflected more on his human rights involvement.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  8. Jamie

    Coverage of the Death made sense. Coverage of the Memorial made sense. The non stop ad nauseum every little tidbit repeated echoed and reverberated ever minute of every hour for days to the exclusion of darn near everything else was way, way, way too much.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  9. Annie Nonimous

    Coverage was more than too much..hoping CNN can normally resume real news instead of trying to be E!.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  10. rose

    CNN have the best coverage focus on MJ life (good one)
    Michael Jackson is the one and only the best entertainer
    Now i hope media leave his kids and family alone

    July 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  11. carol

    I believe I am not alone is saying enough already. Michael Jackson"s death was of his own doing. He was not a hero so why is he being treated as one? He and his family made many millions of dollars and I would like to know who is paying for this display that has been the main focus of the news since his death. I still believe he was WACKO JACKO. His music was fantastic as were many other stars but that is not reason for all that is going on.
    Also I would like to see a DNA test to prove his children were his in name only.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  12. Doug Johnson

    I gotta say that I'm with "Annie Nonimous" on this one. The middle "N" stands for "news," not "entertainment." Before his untimely death, he was considered a possible child molester and very strange person.

    The coverage borders what a presidents get when they pass away. I know news is a mirror on society, but I have to wonder whether the emotion would have built the same way if people weren't looking in that mirror and choosing to copy what everyone else was doing.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  13. Shorty

    The Memorial was well done, and I'm not even a fan of Michael Jackson. The day after day coverage was too much, a few minutes here and there is one thing.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  14. Seahorse2007

    I am 61 and I lived the Jackson 5 and Michael......and so did my children and they as well as I have cried many tears over the loss of this music icon....
    I personally am disappointed that some of the Music Industries were not there at his memorial......Such as......Madonna, Paul McCarthney, Sir Elton John.
    He was so beautiful to most of us in the world..and in the music industry......what a loss.....much bigger than Elvis, and I grew up with his music as well...but this transended my age and ages of all people through out the world......He will NOT be forgotten due to his magic of music and wonderful contributions. He is in a much better place now.
    No one can touch him......but the grace of almighty God.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  15. David McConnell

    I hope this is over and done with. There's a war going on and you guys are posted up in LA soaking up the rays.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  16. David McConnell

    At least Elvis served his country

    July 7, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  17. wsb

    It was good to be able to take some time and pay tribute. I'm fourty and have never known an entertainment world where Michael Jackson wasn't a headline. I'll never forget racing home from school to watch the premier of Thriller on MTV – a network that said they would never play black artists. I thought the coverage was appropriate and for the most part respectful. Does anyone believe we don't have peace in the middle east today because for a couple of weeks we indulged ourselves in remembering a guy who gave us 30 years of great entertainment? RIP Michael

    July 7, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  18. Carolyn Croteau

    The service was awesome...it was one that he deserved to have and you guys at CNN did really good at covering it...and like one poster said I think that now that the service is over I think that all news press should just leave it alone for a while and let the family have thier time or mourning.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  19. Ralph

    RIP Mike. You will surely be missed. I still can't believe you are gone. Yes, we all have to go sometime, but this is truely still a shock.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  20. Joanne

    Coverage of the Memorial was excellent. Now we can all rest knowing that Michael jJackson is now hopefully at peace. MJ is the iconic star of our generation and deserves the coverage. Can't wait to see the published reports of how many people around the world watched CCN's coverage as well as others. That should put a lid on the mouths of people that say the coverage is too much. It will die down now that he is put to rest. MJ deserved all the media he received. If you didn't want to watch it there is always Jerry Springer..............
    RIP MJ and best wishes to his children who he loved like we all should love our children...................Myself and my children watched CNN all day TOGETHER and thank you CNN and Michael Jackson.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  21. Vic

    Did anyone else get 2 monthly emergency broadcasting tests during the Michael Jackson memorial?

    July 7, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  22. Sandy Hughes

    Memorial Service was just awesome. But watching it from the time of his death 24/7 to the memorial was way to much.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  23. randy

    It was nice to see cnn take a break from slandering Jackson and respect the services and put thier personal need for tabloid journalism aside now would someone PLEASE tell Nacy Grace and her freak show to do the same she is by far no Angel

    July 7, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  24. Creola A. Colon

    My codolence to the Jackson Family.
    In the early 1960s, I'm honored to have had the opportunity to live across the railroad tracks from the Jackson Five. I had an opportunity to see them perform before they became famous. Michael was electrifying. He is the best entertainer that I have ever seen. He will live forevere through his music and unique style. He is truly the best.

    LONG LIVE THE KING.

    Creola A. Colon Rockford, IL

    July 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  25. anxy

    it takes the news now to pay tribute to MJ's humanitarian gifts. How he broke the guiness book of records for a pop star giving to humanitarian charities... now that he's dead and his eccentricities are off the table for newsroom gossip. the most amazing insight of the day is talking head wolfe blitzer commenting on his dancing as if he just learned about it that day!!!! cnn verges seriously on rascist in their handling of MJ... from Tubin's remarks about MJ's appearance in his "captain crunch" outfits... get some black people with ties in teh black community in that news room! Who cares what white newsmen have to say about MJ!! AC360 and all you guys ... historically got the news wrong about MJ... He was found innocent on all counts ... and you still treat and talk about him as if he is guilty.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  26. anita

    the coverage was just right and love him so much
    and will be missed .After what he went thru this was a great memorial
    and it really bought tears in my eyes for him and his kids.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  27. TRACEY FIELDS (CPT)

    today was a sad day , but Micheal will live on for ever in are hearts i love, Micheal and his family and i hope they don't let the hater get too them.
    Peter King is a hater and he's just mad that his last name is king and Micheal is the king . He better hope someone even think of him when his time come because know one even knew his dumb a**. People all over the world love Micheal and he will live for ever hearts

    July 7, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  28. Teresa

    The coveraqe for me is just enough. There is so much going on and I need to know it all that is why I stay on CNN. So please keep up the good work CNN and I will keep on watching.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  29. Andrea from North Carolina

    I think that we have had enough of all the negitive things being said about MJ. The media called him strange but never understood they we part of the problem, always in his face with lies about him and picking on how he looked, how about talk about all the money he donated and all the people he cared about in the world

    July 7, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  30. Trisha

    Michael Jackson hid his children from the world, we didn't even know what they looked like. He didn't want them to go through what he did!!!! So please in respect for HIM and his children, Stop showing and exploting his DAUGHTER in her time of grief, soorow and heartache. Put yourself in her shoes. People who wanted to watched did they saw it live.. Leave her be that poor baby girl!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  31. bill

    Did the world stop today? Can we get on with our lives and get some news other than Michael Jackson? I have seen his daughter over 100 times today, just looking for other news anywhere on the tube. Sure he was a wonderful entertainer, but c'mon. There were no millions of people lining the roads in LA, just a bunch of groupies fed by the media overkill. Put the poor man to rest, and get over it.

    July 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  32. charles williams

    It was sad but they did a terrific job of preparing a show like that in just a few days. For once you could realistically say that the whole world was watching.

    July 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  33. Jamala Young

    Why haven't you shown any footage of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee speaking about MIchael Jackson? She made some excellent remarks that should be broadcast. You didn't mind airing Congressman Pete King's comments.

    July 7, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  34. RobinM

    The courage given to death of Michael Jackson is that fitting for a KING!!! For us not provided this type of coverage, would be an embarrasment to this country, when all others have showed how much he meant to them and how much he will be missed. The war in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan will be going on a month from now, a year from now, 10 years from now. It's what they do, it's all they FIGHT. Thank you CNN.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  35. diana johnson

    why are you not allowing the comments made by the texas rep?

    July 7, 2009 at 8:06 pm |
  36. sarah

    I think CNN did the best job and rightful so. CNN is a different kind of network – it doesnt just cover for the US but the World. The World wanted to hear about Michael period. My sister told me that what was in Geneva was like nothing they had ever seen – gathering of people watching the developments and their main source being CNN. India was the same way, Africa – all countries in Africa etc. People could not get enough of the coverage and some say it was very little. I think most people's complaint was not the coverage but what was said in some cases – the negative things said. I personally have never turned off CNN since – yet i would not call myself a CNN viewer. People thought that if they turned off CNN they would loose something being said about Michael. So the concern from the fans was not coverage on the contrary the concern was the amount of negativity being spoken about him by some reporters. Otherwise, the fans could not get enough. I am proud of CNN for really coming through for this American Icon – he is ours – we lent him to the world but he is ours. So i am very happy with CNN and the respect they showed to the their own.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm |
  37. Newt

    Right on Jeffrey Toobin...someone who had the guts to get real..I loved MJ's music and always will...I didn't "know" him...maybe nobody did...Only God. But he was not a saint ...sorry Reverend...he was troubled...and he WAS strange...but now he's gone. Let him rest in peace, maybe for the first time

    July 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  38. Tiffany Richard

    It's Rev.Sharpton not Rev.Jackson, get it straight lady!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  39. Robin Bower

    Please do not misunderstand that the sudden untimely death of Michael Jackson was a newsworthy story, along with some of the surrounding stories that proceeded, but absolutely not to the extent that major networks covered.

    During the past 13 days, you have inundated the airways with repetitive interpretation of Mr. Jackson’s life, death and the situations around them. Every angle and view point you could configure was “reported” on, weather it was newsworthy or not, and mostly was not. The stories from “close friends” to the owner of the pet monkey Mr. Jackson gave away years ago, to the countless stories about Neverland which Mr. Jackson hasn’t lived in how long? Ask yourself…was this really news or sensationalism? And then, you did special reports on him, repeating this all again.

    Who is editing you work? Is anyone monitoring the real news? While you all were yapping on about nothing, repeating yourselves, over and over again, there is unrest in Iraq and Afghanistan in which several of our servicemen lost their lives defending this country. You reported it, briefly, and then back to Mr. Jackson. Not to mention the continuing unrest in Iran, a military coup in Honduras, North Korea test firing more missiles, a serial killer was killed in SC, a governor stepping down from office. How’s the stock market? What’s going on with the auto industry? Oh no, you were following every movement of Mr. Jackson’s corpse! What is wrong with this picture?

    Nor is it not just this story that has crossed the line from news worthiness to sensationalism. This has been a continuing condition of the so called news being reported, from the over exposure of octuplet mother, Nadya Suleman and family, to the marriage problems of the Gosslins.

    There are enough gossip magazines/news reporting on these, we really don’t need mainstream news agencies following suit of the “rags”. There is a reason they are called rags!!!!!

    Suggestions, if it is that slow of a news day, how about finding a good news story. You know, you refer to them as “feel good” stories. With the state of the economy, don’t you think people would like to hear something good? Think positive!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  40. Norma V.Scott

    Jeffrey Tubin should be ashamed of himself!!! To get on camera just a few minutes ago with Campbell Brown and in regards to Al Sharton's speech at the Memorial service and say things like "give me a break...", that we cannot ignore that Michael had been accused of sleeping with children, etc. He is ignorant and insensitive and needs to be fired as a CNN contributor. Michael Jackson is DEAD! What else does he want??? When Jeffrey Tubin dies, does he want people saying negative things about him to everyone who is listening to his eulogy??? Judge NOT so you will NOT BE JUDGED!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm |
  41. caitlin

    i thought u guys covered it Very Well i watched every day of it thumbs up 5 stars!

    July 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  42. Antonio Hill

    ME mysel f, I think we as a People should rename The North Star to you guess it ( MJ), this is how I feel about remebering Michael Jackson. So when I look to the nite sky I see that he always the brightes star out there. God Bless You Michael n Family.

    July 7, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  43. karen reed

    From the time I saw it being televised on television,and reported on the radio that Micheal Jackson had died,I hoped I prayed I cried I said over and over Oh My God No!The more I saw or heard the more I was in disbelief until the day of his memorial service.Even then I said to myself let this be a trick ,let this be Micheal's way of paying the world back or the media, for all the tourment, the lies, the misconceptions the disappointments, the embarassment,that he has endured throughout his life.Let this be his way of really finding out if he is loved by his many fans.After all the tears,the dedications,the tributes is evident please let Micheal appear mysteriously of course being very apologetic to the world asking for forgiveness and saying you have now experienced just a portion of the anguish I've endured.Sure many would probably be appauled and angry but many would be overjoyed that he is still with us.What a come back that would be.It feels like I've lost a close family member,gone but never forgotten.

    July 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Tod

    I just turned off your network. I want to hear important issues. You,ve overdone this MJ crap. He was good he died now get over it. 43% of your viewers said its too much so why cant you respect your viewers. your ratings will suffer. I MIGHT tune back in to CNN next month maybe you'll stop with this MJ nonsense by then. He dosent deserve this much attention when there are important issues to be covered and this world is faling apart.

    July 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Clark Meeks

    I grew up with The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson music and enjoyed their music. I always thought of Michael in a special way as we are the the same age. I am sad that he and other people, famous or obscure, died. I understand that news organizations, to a certain point, will show what the public wants to see and hear about. This amount of Michael Jackson coverage shows how crazy it can be. I've stopped watching the news completely until this Micael obsession stops. Enough already!

    July 7, 2009 at 11:06 pm |
  46. Moderate One

    Too much coverage... I re-discovered C-Span.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm |
  47. Nalini Narine

    Magnificent memorial befitting a selfless human being who has undoubtedly made this world a better place not just through his music but his unconditional love for mankind. Michael, you are truly THE GREATEST!! RIP Legend. Exceptional coverage by CNN.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  48. kathy floritto

    In the 'condensed' version of the Michael Jackson memorial, I couldn't believe that, of all the wonderful spokespeople and musicians selected by CNN, the young boy, Shaheen (?), chosen by Michael to be with him in the London show – not seen, not heard – not even mentioned! That child's voice is amazing – no wonder Michael recognized its value.

    Other than that – a good compilation of the voices heard over the 2 hr service. I believe Dionne Warwick, during her conversation with Larry King, said it best, .."it ran like a piece of glass" and "Michael would have been very proud".

    Michael's daughter offered the most important message – "He was the
    best Father anyone could have had". Beyond his amazing genius, this child went to the heart of his most important role in life and gave him her great thanks and blessing – all in 10 little words.

    Thanks for reading this!

    kt

    July 8, 2009 at 12:17 am |
  49. Rickwm70

    The world gave Michael Jackson a standing ovation today. Its about time. Rest in peace

    July 8, 2009 at 12:56 am |
  50. Jimmie Johnson

    It has been a truly sad day. It reminded me of the day of the John Lennon Memorial Service . You can only emcompass Michael Jackson's life by calling him an Artist. He has painted the world with love and his art will live forever. My heart is very heavy today.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:44 am |
  51. BJ

    CNN, your coverage of Michael Jackson was EXCELLENT!
    THANK YOU, CNN. THANK YOU, CNN. THANK YOU, CNN, for the excellent job well done.

    Just as Michael was well deserving to get notable coverage, you deserve to be the NUMBER 1 Station.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:26 am |
  52. kathy

    Now that Michael Jackson has been laid to rest, can we lay him to rest? Enough is enough. There must be some other news out there to give us a break from a week of Michael Jackson. I'm sure not everyone is interested in who is in charge of his estate, or where his children will live, or even what drugs killed him.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:36 am |
  53. billie jeancanci

    Michael was a gift.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:58 am |
  54. arthur hill

    I'm wondering why the closed casket???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  55. Matthew T.

    I agree with kathy, he's dead. It's not like he's going to pop out of the coffin and scream "THRILLER!" Here is a joke we have at my workplace: Maybe Jackson is living with Elvis in Tennessee.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  56. LB

    ALL The Best Michael

    July 8, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  57. Edwrad Wester

    While i agree that MJ was a great artist and performer, sometimes i wish that other greats have their mention also. As a OIF veteran i am obviously going to be bias jus a little. There was another great man i would like everyone to know about. This mans name was ED FREEMAN..Medal Of Honor recipient passed away on March 25th 2009 in Boise Idaho. In the Ia Drang Valley on November 14th 1965 LZ Xray Vietnam this man flew an un-armed huey over 13 times into enemy fire to rescue over 30 men who otherwise could not be rescued. While i take nothing away from the importance of MJ's passing, i just wanted to give Mr. Freeman his just due. Thank you for taking the time to hear my opinion and comment.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  58. Paula in WI

    Great job by CNN.Reminding us of the good people can do in the world was a wonderful change from what we have been seeing.Lots of people will learn from this memorial,even those who complain for selfish reasons.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  59. Mayra Montalvo

    I think the MJ coverage is not only right but, appropriate. I've been counting on CNN to give me the news/details. I want to know how it happened, why & who's going to be accountable for everything that transpired. It's only right that such an iconic person be shared with the world even after the facts. I don't think by any means CNN has over done it and I appreciate that they in fact, repeat the news about MJ so that if I miss something, I can catch-up later. Thank you CNN for keeping us appraised. MJ was loved by the world and we, the fans, want to know and like one of his songs his song said: DON'T Stop till you get enough... R.I.P. Michael & may his family & children be able to cope with the pain.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  60. lulunc

    I agree focusing more on his humanitarianism would have been a good move. I do think now that we have laid him to rest with dignity it is time to give the family a rest and let them rest, grieve, and start rebuilding their new lives. I am sure Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell will run his story into the ground with custody, medical liability, drug abuse, etc. I do think it is time for CNN to ease back into the main stream news events of the day.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  61. Todd

    I don't need to know about what his body looked like at time of death, nor do I need to know if he fathered his children or what kind of world he lived in at Never Land. What I do appreciate from the media, and of course specifically CNN, was the fantastic coverage of Michael's memorial. It gave me a chance to remember when I was a kid and watching the Jackson 5. It gave me a chance to remember that this was someone's daddy, son, brother; not just the King of Pop, or the best entertainer the world has ever know. He was a person, and I was happy to be reminded of that.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  62. Steflyn

    I think CNN did the best out of all the networks. I don't think it was too much reporting. Also, I'm very interested in the pending investigation into the cause of death and where Jackson will be buried and the investigation of his physicians. When Usher and the Jackson attorney told CNN that CNN shouldn't be talking about these things, are they really going to tell CNN what to talk about? I thought Anderson Cooper handled the attorney very well when the attorney did not want to talk about possible cause of death. Also, why didn't the family do an intervention? Just like the television show Intervention, that's what Michael needed,. A sudden death occurs and the doctor suddenly leaves the house. There are a lot of unanswered questions here in this case.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  63. Mira

    I watched Michael Jackson’s memorial. The kids were sat in chairs, and I did not see anyone reaching out to comfort them. No hugs, no holding, nothing, it seemed so cold. Even when they were on stage the only one of them that I saw comforted at all was the daughter and then only when she was speaking on stage in front of the cameras. Just prior that Latoya seemed annoyed by the little girls fidgeting with her purse. Little blanket was left standing in the crowd. Someone should have picked him up and held him. Maybe I missed something but I never saw anyone hold or hug that little guy. I never saw anyone comforting Prince. The kids looked lost and so alone. If, God forbid, I lost one of my sons, all of my attention and care would be focused on his children. Their Grandmother Jackson should have been caring for those kids or at the least had the Nanny there to comfort them. My heart broke for them. I hate to think of how they will be treated behind closed doors.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  64. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    Should CNN spend this much coverage on every entertainment figure who dies? There are way too many important issues that get no notice and other media venues where constant coverage of MJ would be more appropriate. By the way, I am not convinced that MJ, Elvis, Ricki Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, and Jerry Garcia are actually dead. They are on an island somewhere dedicated to the super rich and highly visible icons who just want to get away from it all.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  65. jerry

    I was not a big fan of Michael.Jackson, but I did listen to his music whenever possible. Why can't we celebrate his music and let it go at that? All of the covrage by the media makes his death an exploitation of the man. People who exploited Michael during his career by being a "yes" person and doing whatever he wanted without qujestioning whether it was in his best interest, should be ashamed.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  66. goliath

    well,as for the memorial,was too little for michael i think
    me as i fan,i wouldn't want to see people saying poems they should have said when he was alive....they should have shown us his face for the last time................that is how you say goodbye to someone.........the singers and the songs,stevie,usher,maria,great as always...........but michael was nowhere to be found..............the family owed it to the fans to offer a small glimpse of michael dead for a last goodbye.................
    and why all that hiding from media??????...............they should just have the decency to let people know about funeral and place of rest,let alone the viewing.....................
    micheal was a part of the fans as well,the kindness and love he transfered through his good-doings..............
    and he was all that mattered to us....................................
    family,i feel like disappointed for being so silent and mystical.................
    anyways..................his positive energy will live on in the heart of positive people.........................in a world where interests and wealth is more important than caring and doing the right thing..................
    kisses to the great master of music..........michael jackson..............
    uuuuuuuuuuu........................gone too soon..................

    July 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  67. Donna

    Stop rehashing MJ's molestation charges. That is what is getting on my nerves the most, we KNOW ALL ABOUT THAT ALREADY IT IS NOT NEWS, ITS IN THE PAST!!!!! But yet you guys keep going back to that time in history...........and each time you guys bring it up you act as if you just broke the news of the molestation charges........enough ENOUGH ENOUGH

    July 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  68. Russell Watters

    I find out tonight that the city of Los angeles is footing the bill for the Micheal Jackson memorial, to the tune of upwards of 4million dollars. Where did the city get that kind of money, when the state is going broke and useing IOU's to ppay it's bills. Now th ecity wants the tax payers to foot the bill. What is the city going to tell laid off workers now.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  69. Delilah

    The coverage about Michael Jackson's skin color or looks does not even matter. That is what is wrong with society today. But, I will say my mother had vitiligo and her skin was splotchy for years . It destroyed her self -esteem as she desperately covered it up with MAKEUP. For years she was looked down upon because it was scary to people because they did not know what it was. Instead of finding out more about it to remove the fear , they GOSSIPED about her; making up false accussations. What's wrong with the human race? When we are scared of something different then we cause division? Later my mother's itiligo turned her skin completely "LILY WHITE".

    It saddens me to think people still want to dig up mess even after death and a beautiful memorial service which depictes the human side of Michael Jackson – the kind, gentle and warm hearted spirit he had . I feel ashamed and horribly saddened by my reaction to all the media coverage through the years. As a child I adored Michael not only for his performance but mainly for the powerful message of inspiration he sent out of love, magic, and childlike faith that dreams do come true. I am deeply ashamed and horribly guilty of listening to media coverage through the years and believing all what I heard. I am ashamed that I never took the time to make a judgement for myself based on character and not on " he said , she said " accusations – not only on molestation charges but on him being a freak.
    It saddens me that I did not take the time to read his book or listen to his own words until after his death. I am ashamed and now I know I must look myself in the mirror and make a change.
    With this said, I am ready to make a change and heal the world in whatever way I can.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:14 pm |
  70. Russ

    I am so glad I do not live anywhere around the L.A. Area. I understand that the city has put out upwards of 4 million dollars towards the MJ memorial. Isn't the state of Calif broke, paying it's bills with IOU's.
    Now L.A. is asking people to pony up money to help pay the bill. Why doesn;t the city of L.A. just bill the MJ estate or family, they are the ones who wanted this large scale show to be put on. I ssay bill them for the cost. The state was not around when I buried my parents, I paid the bill. What is the city telling it's laid off workers, why they are out of a job, so MJ could put on a last show? Just goe to prove L.A. is full of nuts and fruit cakes. The City fathers need to be out looking for new jobs.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  71. concerned fan

    I have been a jackson 5, michael jackson and janet jackson fan for many years used to watch janet on good times, but the point i want to make is that, if you look at paris speak look behind rebe's brim of her hat you will see janet mouthing every word that paris is saying i believe it was a ploy for the custody battle to keep debbie row for filing for custody of those kids they had that young lady say that their was not one tear.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  72. Amy

    I have lots of questions so the more coverage the better for me. Everyday I learn something new. I wish all of you newspeople would have found positive things to report about Michael Jackson when he was still alive! I am angry that in life you tormented him and now you just keep going on and on about how great he was. He WAS and ALWAYS WILL BE THE GREATEST SINGLE PERSONALITY AND ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME!

    Why you didn't tell why he had the skin disease and explain why he lightened his skin to match the white splotches over his body! why you picked on him about bubbles which was so cute, and the fact that alot of stars have the Air-chamber that helps them stay young. Not just Michael! And everything else negative to make him hate himself!

    He is also innocent until proven guilty! He was never proven to be a pedifile. He may have been the sweetest, most kind and sensitive man on the face of the earth! He holds the Guinness Book of world records for giving the most to World children charities! Only a VERY SPECIAL man would to all HE DID and wasn't half appreciated for it!

    I hope you are proud of yourselves! Please DON'T do the same to MJ's kids. And He IS their father! They were birthed from the LOVE of HIS heart! He raised them, beautifully!

    July 9, 2009 at 12:16 am |
  73. Soledadfan

    Soledad O'brien and her coverage was the best part.

    July 9, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  74. chris

    ok guys, he's gone – let's move on and let people mourn in peace. Just stop it ok. No more coverage. You can find more important things to talk about.

    July 9, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  75. K De

    He deserves the coverage and the ongoing coverage for years to come just as Elvis and as the Rolling Stones and Madonna will have...They have in their era changed how people come together with music and dance.
    I think people who think it was too much coverage believe the con artists who accused MJ for no other reason than money and by doing so stole his soul!!!
    His heart was huge and I only wish that there would be more media attention on what he has given to charities and worth while causes.
    My heart once again goes out to the children, family and close friends of Michael Jackson. I fecan only imagine your pain and loss.
    RIP MJ

    July 9, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  76. Esther

    Michael Jackson deserves this coverage. What I do not like about it, is that the negative aspects are always brought up and not left alone. It is sad that there is no dignity and respect for Michael and his family.
    Those people are grown ups and they know what they do. It seems that the media is one of those family members who likes to pick on the others to cause trouble.

    The day of Michael Jacksons Memorial, I had no time to see the live event, therefore I was happy when I could get a glimpse at it on CNN. It did get on my nerves that several scenes were shown over and over again (Michael Jacksons daughter was great, but I cannot tell you how many times I cried!) and that at the end I could not get the real feeling of the memorial as it had taken place. Instead I felt this gossip which does not seem to take an end.

    What I really liked was when Michaels friends were at Larry's show and presented a little bit of the real Michael.

    It would have been great to enjoy some of the songs a little bit longer which had been played at the memorial. The greatest thing would be to be able to see the memorial completely.

    July 9, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  77. Russ

    You people out there need to get a life. MJ was just a singer, who wasted a lot of money , had a lot of crimnal charges againist him at different times, a real nut case. You people act like he was some kind of a GOD or something. Move on with your lives and forget about this guy. He is gone now, let his family have what little peace they may find.

    July 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  78. Donna

    I am soo SOOOO tired of the media bringing up Michaels arrest and trial. OKAY WE KNOW THAT ALREADY AND HAVE KNOWN FOR SOME YEARS NOW,

    July 10, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  79. Anna Maria

    funny how i comment on here how i think cnn sucks bady it doesnt get posted ........i say they are great and it gets posted asap.........

    July 10, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  80. Tye

    It's a bunch of BS. Who cares? I did for a few minutes, but now I am sick of the man... because of over-exposure. If you were really such big fans of Jacko- you should have showed it before he died. Now he is dead... it's over. I am not going to go on an all-out attack on Michael now, but I do have a number of negative things to say.

    Paul Newman deserved attention like this. He actually did something good for people. John Wayne deserved attention like this. Johnny Cash deserved attention like this. Jesus deserved attention like this... Jesus loved the little children more than Michael did.

    What's next? A Movie called "Pop King" ? or "Jacko"? ooh, I know- "Michael Jackson, the man, the music, the legend" Please get this crap off the airwaves and put on obituaries of soldiers instead- they deserve attention more than the "King of Pop".
    And what's with Joe Jackson trying to sell a new album already- he's not even grieving- just greeding. (I know it's not a word).

    Tye

    July 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm |