Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8:14 AM

CNN Peddling “Fake News” about Michael Jackson’s Death

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

The ‘King of Pop’ was found dead in his home under mysterious circumstances. What did Michael Jackson’s children and trusted staff witness prior to his sudden death? Did his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, cause Jackson’s demise? Some suggest Jackson took his own life and others claim he was murdered by those who thought Jackson’s worth was more dead than alive.

(CNN, February 24, 2017)

This is from the promo for tonight’s episode of the new HLN series, How It Really Happened. The problem, however, is that the questions it poses have already been answered, or are unanswerable, beyond any reasonable doubt.

Specifically, the sensational trial and conviction of Dr. Conrad Murray make any contention that Michael died “under mysterious circumstances” patently specious.

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday to four years in the Los Angeles County jail – the maximum sentence allowed under the law – in the death of Michael Jackson. …

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter three weeks ago after a trial in which prosecutors successfully argued that Murray’s reckless use of propofol to help Jackson sleep, without proper monitoring equipment, led to the singer’s death.

(CNN, November 30, 2011)

What Michael’s children and staff witnessed is already a matter of public record, and has no bearing on the fact that he died from an overdose of propofol. As the attending physician, Murray was clearly responsible. And frankly, whether he, Michael, or someone else administered the fatal dose is not only irrelevant but unanswerable, beyond any reasonable doubt, at this point.

Which brings me to CNN’s insinuation that Michael killed himself, or that someone murdered him because he was “worth more dead than alive.” Trust me, there’s nothing new here either.

After all, even I insinuated as much years ago. Here, for example, is what I wrote in “Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, Is Dead,” June 27, 2009 – just two days after he died.


Michael was considered a shrewd businessman who reportedly earned over one billion during his lifetime. Yet he was such an unconscionable and irresponsible spendthrift that he died almost half a billion in debt.

Reports abound that he fed his habit in recent years by contracting to perform, collecting hefty advances, and then resorting to all kinds of ploys (often involving hospital visits) to avoid getting on stage. Indeed, despite reports of him rehearsing for his big comeback series of concerts, I am convinced that, having collected a hefty percentage of the advance ticket sales, he had no intention of actually performing.

It shall remain one of the greatest ironies, if not mysteries, that, for a man who claimed to be happiest when performing, Michael did so much during the last years of his life to avoid being on stage. His last concert performance was in 1996.


And, more to the point, here is what I wrote in “Michael Jackson: Worth More Dead than Alive,” October 28, 2010.


It was widely reported that Michael was more than $500 million in debt at the time of his death. In fact, he seemed headed for bankruptcy. For no amount of revenues from concerts and record sales would have been sufficient to pay off his debts, while keeping him in the expensive, fantasy lifestyle to which he had become so blithely accustomed. This was especially so given informed predictions that he would not have been able to complete all of the ‘This Is It’ performances that were supposed to earn him a little reprieve. …

This, alas, is the road to financial ruin Michael was on when he died. Then, of course, there’s the laughing stock he was becoming for using cosmetic surgery to turn himself into a (living) Madame Tussauds wax work.

Therefore, when one juxtaposes these grave facts with the fact that his estate has generated over $275 million since his death, there can be no denying the timeliness of his death. More to the point, though, nothing confirms that Michael is worth more dead than alive quite like Forbes reporting on October 25, 2010 that:

‘Thanks to a lucrative catalogue, hit film, and album sales, the late king of pop earned more in the last year than Lady Gaga, Madonna and Jay-Z, combined.’


I redoubled my insinuation that he killed himself in “‘Xscape’! More Pedophile Charges Prove Michael Was Not ‘Gone Too Soon,’” May 14, 2014, and “MJ: ‘The Kid Is Not My Son’ (Nor Is the Girl or the Other One),” October 23, 2015.

The former refers to posthumous accusations of child molestation, which painted Michael as more diabolical than any pedophile priest. He reportedly spent hundreds of millions to keep this perverted side of his life “In the Closet.” The latter refers to what he must have known was the looming and inevitable day of reckoning, when even his (bullied) kids would demand an explanation for his lie about being their biological father. A lie, incidentally, that was all the more egregious in light of his celebrated claim that it doesn’t matter if you’re “Black or White.”

Nothing is more pathetic than watching his siblings on TV going on about how these kids look just like Michael – seemingly unaware that surgically or cosmetically altered features (like his pointed nose, bleached skin, and long wig) cannot be inherited.

(“52nd Annual Grammy Awards,” The iPINIONS Journal, February 1, 2010)

One can easily see why he might have thought a permanent sleep was preferable to being held to account for these and other “Off-the-Wall” aspects of his life. This would’ve been so especially if he prepared for this “consummation devoutly to be wished” with the following man-child prayer of absolution:

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

If I should die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.

(New England Primer, 1784 ed.)

But I readily admit that all of this amounts to nothing more than idle speculation. Which is why it smacks of the very kind of “fake news” Trump accuses the media of propagating that CNN is peddling it as investigative reporting.

Meanwhile, I don’t “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” but who would’ve thought an upstart like Rihanna would already be reducing Michael’s platinum legacy to mere bronze?

With ‘Love on the Brain,’ Rihanna joins Madonna (38) and The Beatles (34) as the only acts with at least 30 Hot 100 top 10s all time. …

Rihanna breaks a tie for third place with Michael Jackson, who tallied 29 top 10s, as a soloist.

(Billboard, February 21, 2017)

So much for being “Invincible” – eh?

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