1. Pmitchell says:

    That is so true and sorta sad the great person that died yesterday was Farrah Fawcett, she never was accused of molesting children she never paid off her accusers, but she only gets a foot note mention and we get wall to wall bullshit from unknown talking heads about a pervert with more mental problems that you can list who used to 20 years ago be a really good singer and entertainer

  2. Usagi says:

    “It’s funny ’cause it’s true…” -Homer Simpson

  3. Sea Lawyer says:

    lol, was watching CNN yesterday and they played an iReporter video from some random guy sitting at his desk basically saying “get well,” because they thought we should all see it. And then they brought this guy in live over the phone to talk for 5 minutes because they had nothing better to show or report.

    24 hour news is so cutting edge.

  4. Randomized says:

    I found it humorous that tmz reported him dead and it took nearly an hour before I saw any other major publication mention his death. No one wants to be the first to use tmz as a reliable source..which is fine.

    However, I don’t understand how twitter is a reliable source for Iran news, but tmz isn’t reliable for announcing a celebrity death.

  5. Patrick says:

    UD, you nailed the script with that cartoon.

  6. LDA says:

    # 1 Pmitchell

    Maybe up to 200,000 wonderful people died yesterday and no-one mentioned any of them, except maybe Farah (and she was nutty too). It should be no surprise that one of the most famous spectacles on earth dying gets the attention.

    Great ; of ability, quality, or eminence considerably above the normal or average = Michael Jackson (music & dance) and Farrah (beauty).


    The jokes on the “Jackson is dead” page about 12 year old boys etc. are sick and ill-considered because the accusations may be true and therefore the jokes are on the victims not the dead pop star, but I guess stirring people up is more important.

  7. faxon says:

    One reason MJ croaking is such news is, obviously, but unsaid by the politically correct news outlets, because so many people like myself are quite happy to see this creep dead. Thanks, Jacko!

  8. LDA says:

    By the way the cartoon is apt and humorous.

    # 7

    I am sure that is partly true. Also partly because others are not, but mainly to procure money through advertising and to provide mind numbing tedium for the minds of the masses.

  9. Noel says:

    With Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson dying recently, I bet that a few people made a lot of money on a death pool.

  10. Mr. Fusion says:

    Didn’t anyone else notice that it was a slow news day?

    I thought it very over the top that the three major cable news networks seemed totally committed to reporting about Jackson. Hours after he was dead. If one of them had passed and went on with normal programming they would have swept the ratings.

  11. George says:

    This just in!!!

    Michael Jackson is still dead.

  12. FRAGaLOT says:

    Ever since Princess Di died, the news coverage was at critical mass since the first day. The running joke for weeks at my home about Princes Dianna was “So, what’s new about Princess Dianna?” “…she’s still dead!”

    I also think Farah Fawcett is really ticked off that MJ stole her spotlight for dying on the same day. Hell a nuclear bomb could have gone off yesterday and it wouldn’t have taken CNN off the news coverage of MJ’s death.

  13. FRAGaLOT says:

    @ #4

    From what I understand, especially when it comes to celebrities. Often when someone suffers trauma and goes to a hospital there is a rule that only other people who are made aware is the victims family and next of kin.

    It’s really none of the public’s business, and often its a choice of the family to make any choices regarding public information. This is why for the first 3-4 hours after the initial 911 call we were all basically clueless as to what had happen to MJ.

    As for Twiter and Iran, you have to remember that Iran is still a repressed country, and the government still controls the media and press. This is why Twitter can be seen as a more reliable source than any media outlet (even in the USA) since people who are seeing events FIRST HAND can twitter or blog about it almost immediately.

  14. gmknobl says:


  15. bobbo, who thinks genetics plays a powerful role says:

    Pop culture genius?–sure, but who cares. No, the lesson of MJ and Farrah to a lesser degree FOR ALL OF US, ESPECIALLY THE PARENTS, is how powerful environment can be. I do assume, and its an assumption only, that MJ was born a normal person, then simply stuck in a cage. He didn’t have the genetic makeup/saving environmental factor to overcome his childhood/lack thereof.

    All our kiddies are in the same circumstance–that of being bent and twisted by their parents/surroundings/environment.

    I wonder what character of personality allows one to “independently” decide what kind of person one will be rather than stay on the path created by our parents?

    Every sunrise presents a new opportunity to decide.

  16. really says:

    you have jokes for a person who has lost their life, Wow!!! You too will have your day and some jackass will crack jokes on you, respect the dead, DUMBASS

    RIP FF and MJ

  17. bobbo, who just re-skimmed this thread says:

    #16–really==who you? I don’t see any jokes here. A few on the MJ thread itself. Why do you think the death of a celebrity/anyone should be uniformily only one thing by all people regardless of what their life experiences has been.

    If the good and bad, pro’s and con’s, holy and profane, are not discussed on someone demise, then when?

    Silly knee jerk post.

  18. RTaylor says:

    It’s the tribal instinct in humans. People search for commonality. That doesn’t apply to the antisocial misanthropes like me and the rest that commenters here. All of us need to move to Alaska where nut cases are better tolerated.

  19. clancys_daddy says:

    #11 apparently only you and I are old enough to remember when that was funny and where it came from. By the way Fransisco Franco is still dead.

  20. Chris Mac says:

    I rarely had anything nice to say about him when he was alive. I don’t foresee that feeling changing much because he’s dead.

    But hey, you never know. The next time the 80’s get popular, I may be crying over a beer in a nightclub somewhere.


  21. m.c. in l.v. says:

    Another iReporter woman crying because of MJ dying. The anchor asked her how many times she had seen him perform live. She said never, that she only knew him from videos. Upset like a member of her family had died. She seriously needs to get a life. It boggles the mind sometimes. *shakes head*

    Oh, and the idiots gathered around the star of radio host “Michael Jackson” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you people are truly retarded and we should ship you off with the rest of the telephone sanitizers.

  22. 888 says:

    …and why were you even watching this bullshit called “news”?

  23. 888 says:

    sorry dude, but you talk like some neo-Hitler (ship them to Auschwitz?)

    Face it: ~85% of population (give or take 10% in countries other than USA) are just exactly the same dumbos.

  24. Dave can you find one of these cartoons depicting “Something Really Important Happened”? lol!

  25. Timmy says:

    #16 — The dead are dead. They don’t care any more what we say about them.

    I’ve made my friends promise me they’ll say horrible crap about me, and photoshop photos of me when I die.

  26. VeryVeryMeanBastard says:

    #25 you are not famous actor or pop singer.
    No one will give a shit when you die.

  27. Leo says:

    This is a good reminder about how popular media reports/creates news content.

  28. Matt says:

    Matt, exactly.

    But still cant change the fact that MJ was a musical genius.

  29. Matt says:

    Leo, exactly.

    But this cartoon still cant change the fact that MJ was a musical genius.

  30. Leo says:

    Matt, Agreed. The illustration is a timeless piece about today’s “news” culture and not about Michael Jackson. It could have been published any other day and still be relevant.


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