JOURNALISM is defined as: writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts/description of events WITHOUT ATTEMPT AT INTERPRETATION (writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest.
COMMENTARIES are simply that…IT’S SOMEONE’S OPINION.
Today, although there is SOME semblance of justice, we truly believe when the media stops sensationalizing Michael Jackson’s life and death to the frenzied masses…and, SHOWS TRUTHFUL UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAN, then and only then will Michael Jackson receive true justice.
That experience draws masses of Fans together for the common purpose of sharing Michael truths and working to continue his messages for the world…a dedicated mission that moves forward, empowered beyond Michael’s passing. The diversity and creativity of groups around the globe only gives proof to Michael’s belief in THE PEOPLE and their power to make change in the world.
“We unites us, increases our strength; it picks up our burden when you and I are ready to let it fall. The truth is that you and I would have given up long ago, but WE won’t let us. It is too wise. ‘Look into your hearts,’ it says, ‘What do you see? Not you and I, but only WE.”
In the world of today, WE find our strength in one another…our answers in Michael. There is much to be done. PAYING MICHAEL FORWARD means taking our words and our creative projects into the world to silence, once and for all, the myths and lies and accusations. Bullying done by the media is loud and constant and forceful.
“EVIL TRIUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING.” Edmund Burke
I find myself now, four years after I began, seeing the unprofessional, uncontrolled and unethical media gearing up for Michael’s civil trial. And, once again, MICHAEL WILL BE ON TRIAL. I am hearing all the old lies and half-truths as teasers and written on the internet and, once again, a search for truth is not the issue. The Diamonds and Graces greet with relish their five minutes of fame as they rip Michael open like a bag of birdseed. And, I wonder…is it time to play the RACE CARD. What other reason could there be? If you know the man, if you want to know the man, then your education on the subject would give you the truth. But, these women and their colleagues don’t deal in truths. And now, they even will go after Michael’s children. In my entire life, I have never heard of another person whose biological parentage is at issue. HAVE YOU? These people have tried with every ounce of their being to paint Michael as weird, strange, a black man trying to be white, a child molester and plastic surgery addict, broke…and now, to add to the list…a drug addict, an alcoholic afraid to go on stage. IT ALL MAKES ME WANT TO SCREAM. They call all the people who speak out for Michael, ” Rabid Fans”. Anyone refuting their lies and telling the truth is a fanatic. In my studies I have found absolutely no truth in their stories…and, I ask myself…WHY? That is when I finally come to the RACE CARD. I have just seen a documentary telling of Thomas Jefferson’s studies of black slaves and vitiligo and the origin of WACKO JACKO and it made me cry. People stricken with this disease were used as circus freaks. When the two London tabloids coined this phrase for Michael…THEY INTENDED IT TO BE RACIST!
And so, I sit here today, writing to you and crying. Crying for a man who wanted to try to heal the world through music and love…crying for a man who gave of himself and his fame and fortune toward that effort. I am crying for Paris, Prince and Blanket because I don’t want them to have to go through what their Daddy did. I am crying because instead of talking about this unparalleled talent and career, this unparalleled success, this giving and caring heart, this man who spent a lifetime trying to save the planet, this loving and caring father, this man who tried to rescue children from poverty and hunger, from abuse and violence and give us all magic and wonderment…we are about to try to endure another MEDIA LYNCHING.
AND THEN, I LOOK AT THE LIST ABOVE, THE LIST OF LEGIONS OF PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER TO MAKE A CHANGE, and I know I want to stand up and share the truths I know and speak out for justice.
STUDYING MICHAEL JACKSON…JOSEPH VOGEL UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER 2012
“Well, the mills of God grind slowly, but, they grind exceedingly small. What was due to happen is happening at last. Michael Jackson is returning to us in his full glory and splendor. I am talking about Spike Lee’s film devoted to the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s BAD album…the re-release of the album itself and the response to both events are getting in the media and among the general public. Frankly, the most satisfaction I derive from it all is the expression on the faces of Tom Sneddon, Diane Dimond, Nancy Grace and Maureen Orth and their ilk, which I can easily imagine at seeing Michael’s coming back at them in so formidable a way and from every direction they look. Even if our petition against Sneddon does not reach its primary goal of having Sneddon investigated for his malicious prosecution of Michael Jackson, Sneddon and his media girlfriends are nevertheless doomed now to a torture of seeing the giant figure of Michael Jackson rising on the horizon and approaching them in gigantic steps. And this is no longer Wacko Jacko they used to squeak about before, but Michael Jackson, the most influential artist of the 20th century whose music is the power that was misunderstood and whose life story is now called the engrossing life of a creative genius. The shift in the media and public opinion is so amazing and so relatively quick (in comparison with the two long decades of his trashing) that this change alone deserves to be recorded as another landmark event on the road to Michael Jackson’s place in eternity.”
This morning, I await the news from Newsweek Magazine…a new issue that APPEARS to be a tribute. But, I will tell you, I have been gutted too many times with magazines that use Michael’s beauty on the cover to sell, and then completely destroy him on the inside. I am encouraged by the fact that David Nordahl and Michael Bush are featured. But, I must tell you, I have that anxious feeling inside me that I have experienced too many times. I do, however, believe in the NEW MEDIA…you and me. We work everyday to PAY MICHAEL FORWARD…doing hours of research and never stopping until the myths are erased.
“THERE’S NOTHING THAT CAN’T BE DONE IF WE RAISE OUR VOICE AS ONE.” Michael Jackson
THANK YOU, MICHAEL. THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOICES AROUND THE WORLD. THE MARATHON OF TRUTH CONTINUES. JOIN ME IN IT.
thank you reading this and crying too. I love michael and want justice too.
Wonderful article, Jude. Here are a couple of efforts you missed in your list:
Words and Violence Curriculum at Voices Education Project (dedicated to Michael Jackson and Lady Diana Spencer). This is an educational curriculum to help teach children that words can heal … as well as destroy. I made a small contribution to the curriculum in the form of a case study entitled The Caricature which is linked from my blog at With a Child’s Heart.
With a Child’s Heart
Oodles of love
With a Child’s Heart