I have to admit I have been somewhat sickened by the way media has reacted to the documentary on Michael Jackson.
Here in New Zealand we have seen print journalists writing articles which come just short of condemning him based on what? Surmise.
We have heard radio programmers remove his music from their playlists based on what? Surmise.
I refuse to give my personal thoughts because really, they have no relevance. The only things which really matter are the facts. So what are they? Well, there are many but two which really stand out,
1) Michael Jackson was charged on 14 counts and found not guilty.
2) The FBI investigated him thoroughly and found nothing to build a case on.
Given the above, why are we seeing journalists writing, basically defamatory articles about him & why do radio programmers remove his music? Do they have some inside scoop which the FBI doesn't?
If not, they need to base their writings & decisions on facts and not unproven allegations.
Now, if the allegations are proven to be correct, go for your life, write what you want, play what you want. But until then it would be nice to think that media were responsible enough to NOT lead people to believe something which is unproven.
The other side of this is that, if the allegations remain unproven, those that have written & acted on them are going to come out with quite a large amount of egg on their faces.
The really sad thing is that, from what I have seen, a lot of media are using this documentary and the hype around it to simply push their own wagon. Pretty despicable thing to do when the man is dead.
This company has been researching our listeners as to what THEY would like us to do. If the results are that they want us to continue to play his, undisputed genius music, then that is what we will do, up until the point that the facts change.