July 1st, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Events surrounding Jackson's death starting to resemble his life?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The events surrounding Michael Jackson's death continue to become more bizarre every day - not unlike his life. On Friday - eight days after he died - they will lay out the King of Pop's body for a public viewing at Neverland Ranch.

It was initially reported that on Friday - 8 days after he died - Jackson's body would be on public display at Neverland Ranch. But this afternoon the family announced that's not happening and instead they say they're working on plans for a public memorial.

There are plans for a 30-car motorcade to carry Jackson's remains from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara County tomorrow. And, the family has a private service planned for Sunday. The mayor of Gary, Indiana - where Jackson was born - is trying to get Jackson's body sent there for burial.

Meanwhile here in New York, thousands of fans lined the streets of Harlem yesterday to be let inside the Apollo Theater - 600 at a time - to pay tribute to Jackson. Reverend Al Sharpton eulogized Jackson before showing off his own dance moves - which included him grinding with one fan on stage.

Then there are those weird interviews with Joe Jackson - Michael's father– in which he plugs his new record label after being asked about the death of his son.

All this makes it seem like those with a vested interest in making money off Jackson's passing are doing their best to keep the story going and milk it for every last nickel - just like the bloodsuckers around him did when he was alive.

And it's working: Jackson's music has shot back to the top of the charts since his death.

Here’s my question to you: Are the events surrounding Michael Jackson's death beginning to resemble his life?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Media Coverage
July 17th, 2008
04:59 PM ET

Why does Obama get more news coverage than McCain?


Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.(PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

When Barack Obama travels overseas to Europe and the Middle East, he won't be alone.

Obama's trip is becoming a media extravaganza. All three network anchors will join him – broadcasting their nightly newscasts from stops along his route. Also along to record Obama's every move, top political reporters from major newspapers and magazines. 200 journalists have asked to join Obama on the trip, although the campaign will only be able to accommodate about 20% of them.

Meanwhile, Republican John McCain has taken 3 foreign trips in the last 4 months, and not a single network anchor has gone on any of them. It's causing some concern among Republicans that the news media aren't giving balanced coverage.

They may have a point. The three broadcast network newscasts, which have 20 million viewers combined, spent about 114 minutes covering Obama since June, compared to 48 minutes for McCain. Obama has been on the cover of Time and Newsweek magazines 12 times in the last 3 years, compared with 5 for McCain. And in the last few weeks, Obama has also landed on the cover of Rolling Stone and US Weekly, along with interview of his family by "Access Hollywood."

The TV executives have lots of reasons for why this Obama trip is such a big deal: it's his first overseas trip since becoming the presumptive nominee, he's a fresh face in politics, the historic nature of Obama's campaign, and the overwhelming interest in him overseas. Those are all valid. But that doesn't mean McCain has to like it.

Here’s my question to you: Why does Barack Obama get more news coverage than John McCain?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Barack Obama • John McCain • Media Coverage
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