Jun 26, 2009

Michael Jackson’s death: a media timeline

Michael Jackson's death -- how the media reports of his death unfolded on Friday morning.

10 June: Reports that Michael Jackson’s 50-show comeback concert tour — to pay his debts — was under great strain due to ill health. Telegraph says:  “If you have shelled out for Michael Jackson’s comeback at the O2 next month, you have every right to be feeling a little bit nervous right now.”


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14 thoughts on “Michael Jackson’s death: a media timeline

  1. Mark Lambert

    I just did a search via Google Images and could not find any photographic evidence of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett ever appearing in public together.

  2. Eloise Keating

    Expect to see all of Michael’s albums and DVDs in prominent sale positions this morning in Sanity music stores. About an hour after Heath Ledger died we were given directions to move all copies of his DVDs to the front counter so all customers could see them – this was an email directive send to every store. I’m thinking that the news about MJ (even if it is not true) will cause even faster reactions in retail stores everywhere. Nothing like a famous person dying to get people to spend their money..

  3. stevenhurley

    g’day, i must correct a glaring error in your timeline:

    8:50am: ABC 774 is chatting about the Connex contract. Haven’t they heard Michael Jackson’s died?

    unfortunately you must have tuned in late and missed raf epstein’s obligatory chat with the still half asleep, doyen of oz rock celebrity; molly meldrum

    the best 2 minutes of current affairs journalism this year!

  4. Jane Nethercote

    Steven, thanks for the heads-up. Evidently tuned in too late. Have corrected timeline accordingly.

  5. Frank Campbell

    Even BBC World has been monopolised by Jackson. Only the Weather Channel had its priorities right. Showers in Hobart.

  6. Chris Owens

    Uri Gellar says he is devastated by Michael Jackson’s death. Surely he could have seen it coming.

  7. David Sanderson

    It is fascinating (and, paradoxically, more than a little boring) to see how quickly the media turns from deriding a freakish phenomenon to hailing an unparalleled musical genius. What a bunch of moonwalkers.

  8. David Sanderson

    As illustrated in many movies (I have the attempted assassination of the mayor in ‘Miller Crossing’ in mind) there is nothing like ‘seeing off’ your assassins to confirm your grip on power. Rudd has well and truly dug himself in for the long haul after this weeks events. Turnbull may be on the pension before Rudd relinquishes the prime ministership.

  9. Kristen Smith

    While having a go about getting Jeff Goldblum wrong you might want to fact check ‘Al Sharpton outside LA Hospital’ he was outside the Apollo theatre in Harlem

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