July 21, 2009

Joe Jackson’s Partner Has Sketchy History

Posted: 07:01 PM ET

By Roger Friedman

(Note: Roger Friedman joins Larry tonight, 9pm ET)

Michael Jackson’s father, whom he feared and loathed, got to say whatever was on his, er, mind last on “Larry King Live.”

Jackson is bad enough on his own, but he brought along concert promoter Leonard Rowe. Larry did not ask Leonard about losing a lawsuit with singer R. Kelly last year and having to pay him $3.4 million in damages. Rowe also had to pay R&B Grammy award winner Ne-Yo $700,000.

Rowe has a sketchy history at best. In 1998 he launched a lawsuit against the William Morris Agency, CAA and other group claiming racism as the reason he couldn’t promote more concerts. On December 30, 2005 ,after losing the case and appealing it, Rowe was finally crushed by a federal appeals court judge. A year earlier, another judge, finding for the defendants, wrote: “plaintiffs raised no genuine issue of material fact and that no rational trier of fact could find for plaintiffs on any of the myriad of claims made in this action.”

Jackson and Rowe (who is certainly no relation to Debbie Rowe) proved to be a hilarious but sad duo on King’s show. Joe Jackson’s claim that he never abused Michael—after reams of evidence including Michael’s own heartfelt assertions, La Toya’s book, and plenty of eyewitness accounts—demonstrated his inability to reason fact and fiction. Joe Jackson also claimed not to know what’s happened to Michael’s body—still not buried in a final resting place after nearly four weeks.

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jackie patey   July 21st, 2009 7:26 pm ET

I have been watching CNN more as of late due to the death of MJ. I have been extremely disappointed in the inabilites of Larry King to conduct a respectul conversation with his guests. He accuses his guests of not staying on topic and he never does...just reads off his list. He is often defensive in his responses and is embarrasing to watch. He needs to be put out to pasteur. You need to have Anderson Cooper or someone with the same listening abilities and compassion to interview your interesting guests.
signed...embarrased for you.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 7:35 pm ET

As soon as I heard Joe Jackson say last night that he never abused Michael I had to turn it off. What a sick, lying, horrible man. And what a terrible father he must have been. Poor Michael!! The more we learn about his tragic life the more sorry we all are that no one seemed to have been able to be there for him when it truly mattered. If only we knew who to believe!

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 7:35 pm ET

NO YOU KNOW WHAT IS SAD...i'll tell ya LARRY KING'S behaviour towards JOE JACKSON and the JACKSON family...don't be so stupid...of coarse JOE knows where his son's body is buried....BUT DUHHHHH LARRY HELLO ANYONE IN THERE??? come on...use your head Larry why would Joe or any of the Jackson's reveal where Michael is...why??????? so some crazy lunatic fans can go and dig Michael's body up...come on Larry give your head a few shakes and stop making yourself look like a real a$$...and if you had any morals you would treat Joe with the same respect that you treat Jermaine and the rest of can't handle this job then go home and raise your kids!!!!!

Larry says to Joe did you get a chance to say goodbye to Michael???
ummm Hellooooooo Micheal died suddenly.....this wasn't a bedside death...

i got a question for you LARRY" what you got against JOE "to treat him the way you did...even after the family was generous enough to allow you to the memorial service.....your 2 faced....and you proved it!!!!!!!

Scott   July 21st, 2009 7:39 pm ET

I may get numbers wrong so .... AEG presold $85 million in Michael Jackson's promoted London tour. As he passed away before the start of the tour, how many individuals will not claim repayment of their tickets as memoires. In other words, how much revenue will AEG make on unclaimed tickets? Regards, Scott from westcoast Canada.

~cowgirl~   July 21st, 2009 7:40 pm ET

We LOVE the show Larry and we watch u all the time....but hubby n me sat on the sofa last night absolutely mezmerized by the public display of lunacy...those 2 men were poster kids for "GET AN EDUCATION" before u go on national tv,especially LARRY KING!! Are they on MEDS of any kind and were they self-medicating last night when they both made asses of themselves?? Just wondered...but good job with the interview,Larry..u were very kind...not nice to pick on the foolish,and u were a gentleman.
Holy crap...those 2 were somethin.
Thanks for all the entertainment,Larry...U rock!
God bless! ~Suzen n hubby from Oklahoma~

Rose   July 21st, 2009 7:43 pm ET

Enough about Joe Jackson and his associates. This is about Michael. I would like to know if the news-hungry media has located Jordan Chandler (now almost 30) – the boy who falsely accused Michael in 1993 and got away with a lot of money. There is more than enough overwhelming evidence that Jordan and his father lied to extort money from Michael. They should admit to their guilt.

Michael was pressured by his business associates to settle out of court with the Chandlers as they invested money in him and wanted a return on that investment. They didn't want Michael tied up in court for months defending himself. So Michael's insurance company paid the Chandlers millions of dollars to get rid of them and not because Michael was guilty. Jordan should clear up Michael's name. The Chandlers are blood-suckers, along with Gavin Arvizo and his mother from 2004 (Michael was acquitted due to lack of evidence).

Where is the media in following up on this? Do some investigative reporting and reveal the other side of this sordid issue. There are enough witnesses, documents and recordings to clear up Michael's name. These accusations helped to destroy Michael's life. We want to hear what was suppressed.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 7:46 pm ET

rose they would never do that...they found the laughing stalk in Joe thats what CNN wants

Roni   July 21st, 2009 7:48 pm ET

michele canada, I think Larry meant saying goodbye to Michael at the memorial. Other family members got to see him, make their peace...and it sounds like Joe did not. Actually, it sounds like Joe is very disconnected from what is going on with the rest of the family. He is clueless and I can't tell that he cares. Why was he calling fans to find out more instead of calling his WIFE or one of his other 8 kids? I think he has been distanced from everyone else.

Thank you Larry for this interview. I agree that those two men looked like complete idiots. And this was further proof that MICHAEL was a very honest person. Joe Jackson was/in into showbusiness...not into being a father.

Scott   July 21st, 2009 7:51 pm ET

It appears from media reports that MG could not adequately and sustainably fulfill MG obligations. My understanding is that AEG provided medical services to MG during recent months. If so, MG lost his life under the direct care of AEG contracted medical services. Seems odd! Scott

Luanne Ferragine   July 21st, 2009 7:52 pm ET

As much as I don't like listening to Joe Jackson, I watched the interview last night. Yes we all know that Joe was an abusive father. That is OLD news Larry. Many of the questions that you asked Joe last night he could not answer. Like where is Michaels body?? Come on...And of course the AEG is going to make Rowe look bad today and shame on CNN for making him look bad as well. We are not talking about what he did to others. He was talking about FOUL PLAY being behind Michaels death..WE know that the AEG was behind this. Larry you are one of the few good journalists left. You need to STOP all the questions about Joe beating Michael. That is the past. Michael spoke about it over the years. It is beating a dead horse. What you ALL need to get into now is Michael Jackson's DEATH... Start paying ATTENTION...RANDY PHILLIPS AND AEG are ... Read MoreRESPONSIBLE for Michael Jackson's ... Death!!! He signed for 10 shows ONLY and they made 50 shows. He didn't want to do any more. He rehearsed more and more. Dancing more than 12 hours a day. At age 50 he didn't want 50 SHOWS and never said YES!!! That is what CNN needs to start reporting on and STOP all the SMEAR talk. Take off wannabees like Jane Valez Mitchel, Nancy Grace and Diane Dimond, who like to talk just to hear themselves talk and who don't report the TRUTH. They report what they FEEL and what they think will SELL and bring ATTENTION to themselves. Put on more journalists like Walter Cronkite, true journalists who get to the TRUTH!!

Rose   July 21st, 2009 7:52 pm ET

Instead of wasting more air time interviewing Joe et al, I suggest bringing on guests to the Larry King show that can discuss intelligently how Michael was the victim of extortion. That would be more interesting to many viewers.

PattyJo   July 21st, 2009 7:52 pm ET

Larry, move on. You are better than this.

Drey Wingate   July 21st, 2009 7:54 pm ET

The Michael Jackson will definitely be the most controversial in history. There has been so much going on since the greatest entertainer of all-time passed away. From his children, legal issues, financial problems, the talk of drug abuse, relationship with his family, etc. The dirty media is going to do whatever is necessary to make Michael look like a person he wasn't. It is good to know we have reliable sources such as Larry King and Anderson Cooper to keep us posted on the real deal.

Ernestine   July 21st, 2009 7:54 pm ET

Thank you Larry for having Mr. Freidman on your show. As I said yesterday, Mr. Jackson and Rowe are con artist and should be exposed.

katie   July 21st, 2009 8:02 pm ET

I watched the Joe Jackson interview last night in the hopes that Larry would call him on his inablility to take responsibility for the pain he caused Michael over the years. I think Joe is the epitome of evil, he makes Joan Crawford look like Mother Teresa. It iritates me that Larry did not confront him on his bold faced lies. There is certainly plenty of documentation to prove it, i.e. Michael's interview with Oprah, LaToya's book, witnesses, etc. He clearly loves being the center of attention so why treat him with kid gloves?+

If you bothered to ask the question "Is Joe responsible for Michael's success" and he is given the credit for that, then where is the question for your viewers "Is Joe Jackson responsible for the pain and self-loathing Michael felt his whole life?" If you give him credit for the success he is definitely deserving of his son's downfall.

For Joe, quit blaming the media and take a good long look in the mirror and stay away from Michael's kids. They deserve a chance at normalcy.

Larry, I think you're great

MzKecia   July 21st, 2009 8:04 pm ET the show....please interview Henry Vacarro who has a load of The Jackson family items because of a business deal gone bad & he is now sitting on a gold mine.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 8:06 pm ET

Actually I have three comments to make in relation to Michael's death. First of all Larry, you have no business asking everyone if Michael and Debbie had sexual relations!!! That is NOT YOUR BUSINESS or anyone else's yet you keep asking everyone of your guests!! (Oprah also asked Michael if he was a virgin on her special!!!! How dare people think they can ask such personal questions – thinking because it was Michael they had a right to ask!)

I also don't like Larry when you ask if Katherine is too old to care for the children!! You are in your 70s and your 8th wife is how young? And your 2 latest children are not even tweens yet!!! Are you too old??

And lastly, some of the bloggers think that Uri Gellar was a friend of Michael's. I am not sure if this is true but Dr. Arnie Klein said on your show that Uri "sold" Michael out to Martin Bashir (introduced Bashir to Michael in exchange) for $200,000!! IYet Gellar is acting like he MJ's his best friend. Both he AND Bashir should be held accountable for what transpired to Michael's reputation as a result, not that it would bring him back, unfortuately. But certainly that interview and the horrible trial are directly responsible for Michael being hounded to death.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:07 pm ET


of coarse JOE said good bye he was there with the whole family at the memorial chapel and grave....

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:10 pm ET

Mona Lisa Wessel

i could just kiss you right now............i really could

"""also don’t like Larry when you ask if Katherine is too old to care for the children!! You are in your 70s and your 8th wife is how young? And your 2 latest children are not even tweens yet!!! Are you too old??""""


Alda   July 21st, 2009 8:10 pm ET

Of course Joe knows where Michael's body is.I think it was a smart move from Joe not telling the truth. They have to keep that private.
Im curious to know if there is gonna be a decent program about Michael Jackson showing his humanitarian work he did when he was alive.I mean he dedicated so much time to this important issues in a global scale and has donated more then $300 million( more than any artist).I think people in USA really have to aknowledge his contribution to humanitarianism.It's about time.

Deb   July 21st, 2009 8:11 pm ET


May I please appeal to the Dad in you and ask if you could have been, perhaps, a little kinder to your guests last evening. While we may not necessarily like or agree with Joe Jackson, when really how many of us REALLY know him well enough to form an opinion,

I thought you were unnecessarily harsh with him. He is a father, as you yourself kept jabbing that point home to him, and I think you were a very inconsiderate host by interrupting him and the other man as much as you did. You say he was veering off the subject, but how can you say that when you didn't even let him had no idea what he was going to say.

It's not the first time I have become totally frustrated with how often you interrupt people. I see an entrenched pattern of asking a question to your guest, if you get a quick answer, you prod and poke to get more information (usually volitile or contrversial in nature–is that so you can get higher ratings?) and then when they try to speak you interrupt them, so then they stop trying to speak and go back to the short yes or no answers and that's not satisfactory to you either. I know last night must have been difficult for you, but you created alot of that difficulty yourself I feel.

Can you please remember that Mr. Jackson is a grieving father, he has been apparently shut out of his son's life for some time and now has to try to speak and act like a "normal Dad"....but is he, how could the father of the Jackson 5 be a "normal Dad"...and he told you what it was like trying to work full time and get his son's careers off the ground...I think he definately deserves alot of respect for trying,,,particularly in a society that frowns on successful black people more often than not. MJ shut many people–family or otherwise–out as he chose to for many years. Mr. Jackson is in the unenviable position of dealing with a son's death from the outside looking in now, and I feel very sad for him. Would you like someone to dredge up all the things you did and said to your children years from now, play back interviews that are years old, and form opinions about whether you are a good father who was doing the best he could, or some kind of beast...judging for themselves whether your words are truth or lies, and houding you for information that may be painful to relate, humiliating, or just none of their business. Really think about that, Larry, because it can easily happen to anyone with a high profile...How would you like to be treated the way you and other media sources have treated people who are your guests and strangers, essentially, to you? This is not the spirit of hospitality at all, nor of human decency, and definately not the spirit of human comassion. I think you pushed him and pushed him and he tried to avoid questions he did not want to answer...which was his choice don't you think....and when he didn't answer you kept prodding. It finally got to be more than he could handle and my heart really hurt for him and what you were doing to him on national/world television.

I may not have agreed with some things about Mr. Jackson that he said last night, but I know when grieving, the human heart can speak words that stem from pain and regret and very great sadness. It is not your business to go there.

Tonight looks to be another witch hunt after a father who has suffered a loss in a VERY public eye. Have pitty on him, please, Larry. Why don't you go chase Sarah Palin. I hear she's having some ethic trouble. Remember the old addage:

"With the measure you are measuring out, they will measure out to you."

Please don't let you show stoop to the trashy level so many talk shows have. I respect you still and think last night was probably just not one of your better nights. Hope it changes or you will have lost a fan.....

Be nice tonight, please.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:12 pm ET


Belgium   July 21st, 2009 8:13 pm ET

That Leonard Rowl person. Thas not what I said Larry... Let me tell you this...

Well whatever.

Victoria Anne Kayser   July 21st, 2009 8:14 pm ET

Please bring Jordi Chandler on the show. I think it would be important to interview him and find out what his response is to Michael's death. Someone who set out to hurt Michael.
Kind regards,

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:15 pm ET




Rose   July 21st, 2009 8:18 pm ET

I agree with Alda. We should know more about Michael's humanitarian efforts. Recently, when the Black Caucus in Congress had a moment of silent to acknowledge Michael's death, some lawmakers walked out. Idiots such as Republican Congressman Peter King said he would fight any move to declare Michael an American Legend and World Humanitarian in Congress. He aired his video on the internet with slanderous words against Michael. Obviously, the accusations and trial helped to destroyed Michael's reputation.

Why doesn't CNN do a more positive show about Michael instead of shows that continue to dig for dirt. Michael helped a lot of people, donated a lot of money and in turn, saved a lot of lives around the world.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:21 pm ET



Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 8:23 pm ET

Larry, why can't you and the media stop ridiculing MJ and his family. I don't care to hear bad stuff about Mr. Rowe. So what?? I think that Mr. Friedman dug up some dirt because what Joe Jackson and Leonard Rowe said was true.

Also, please ask Nancy Grace to stop showing the MJ dead and discussing the abuse allegations. I think us fans the Jackson family has had enough. My undrstanding is that Blanket is starting to have difficulty, which does not surprise me.

Sindyp38   July 21st, 2009 8:27 pm ET

I truely believe Larry, that you should do a show on this Dr Murray. I totally agree with Joe Jackson on the "FOUL PLAY" subject. I'm also surprised that no news station has investagated more into the 911 call. Has anyone attempted to find out why it took the doctor so long to call 911? I would love to hear a story that would bring up the subject that Micheal might BE ALIVE TODAY if 911 was called right away, not 30 minutes later and if CPR was giving the RIGHT way. Especially since Dr Murray's Lawyer has reported on national TV that the Dr was only out of Micheals room for only a couple of minutes before he went back in and found him not breathing and with a faint pulse. This is why I strongly agree that there was "foul play". Just imagine what it would do for your show to be the first to break this story were everyone one else whats to just focus on the negitive things.

Jacquelyn   July 21st, 2009 8:28 pm ET

LARRY knows he need to quit it. Joe and Leonard made Larry look a fool last night.

Jacquelyn   July 21st, 2009 8:29 pm ET

Roger Friedman Go jump in the lake.

EO, San Diego   July 21st, 2009 8:29 pm ET

@Cowgirl – LMAO - posters for Get an Education. Love it! I was thinking, I wouldn't want someone who can't put a sentence together managing my money– and I have nothing near MJ's fortune.


I know you have taken a lot of heat for the nightly coverage of MJ's death. Honestly, you are the only one along with AC360 who are really devoting time and energy to this. As a fan, I intelligently thank you.

The unanswered questions are swirling, and between rumors and conspiracies that are festering until the autopsy are concluded don't help. But you are trying to get information from those close to MJ, such as Joe (never gonna happen), Miko (is nice to have him there), Dr. Chopra (enjoy his passion against enablers), and Roger Friedman (you should have him back again).

LOVED Marcia Clark being there. Can't keep up with her hair color, but that is one smart woman. The attorney/Inside Edition gentleman (sorry, I forgot his name) is an even keeled intelligent commentator.

Angway... Thank you. No matter what they say, we who have watched you for years, will continue to do so and back you. Thank you.


Valmai   July 21st, 2009 8:34 pm ET

I don't think Larry needs to apologize for anything. He did his job, which was to ask questions that a lot of people wanted answers to and pointing a finger at him, his age, how many times he's been married etc, has nothing to do Joe and Leonard's relationship with Michael. Look at the whole picture, do some research then make your own educated decision. The thing is, we may never really know the truth and while Michael's life and death will be a topic to argue for quite sometime to come, it would be nice to let the man finally have some peace. I can't think of a better way to honor him.

Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 8:35 pm ET

Mona Lisa, I could not agree with you more about Larry asking about MJ and DR';s sex life. I remember that Oprah interview and MJ got quite embarrassed and even said that he was a gentleman and would not answer such a question. This stuff is ridiculous. And it is NONE of our business. This is their private life. That's what killed MJ being badgered about his private life.

Charlotte Hamlyn NS Canada   July 21st, 2009 8:38 pm ET

As I said he's lying as usual and I would be more sad if I stepped on a worm than he is and he can hardly keep from grinning knowing he's getting richer by the day.
He was so happy to have ROWE talk for him last night, did you see him smiling through that too?
I could go on all night, you'd have to be a total idiot not to see through his invisible shield he's wearing. He's soo...cold he makes me shiver!

~cowgirl~   July 21st, 2009 8:39 pm ET

wow...alotta folks "beechin" here,bout Larry n how he does his's a thought...if u dont like him,dont watch him...or post on his website...uh hello??
God bless all who read this..hope you have a beautiful,happy,healthy family life and no problems that would equate the Jackson saga...some folks shouldnt be sitting in isnt our job and none of us are lilly white.I voiced my opinion,which is those 2 dudes looked foolish and void of any serious education to me,but fortunately,we live in a free country..we're free to act like Joe Jackson n his boy wonder ,get on tv (if someone will have us) and make total buffoons outa ourselves...
we got young men and women that have and do sacrifice their very lives for ya'll to have the right to sit here n spit at one another or at if ur gonna complain,at least say a prayer for a soldier before ya "beech" too much,oky doky? Have a good night ya'll n God bless ya...~Cg~

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 8:40 pm ET

MICHELE, Thank you!! Right back at you! It had to be said about Larry's age!!!

And DEB I agree, Larry can be very rude – but it is not just with Joe Jackson. He interrupts his guests all the time!! But true, he is really doing this more than ever lately, as he seems to be so busy trying to get through his stupid list of questions rather than let his guests talk and see where the conversation goes (like a good interviewer and journalist would!!). Even if you don't like Joe Jackson, the programme should have been about him and what he had to say however outrageous, and not about the host giving him a hard time because he doesn't like him or agree with him.

And since Michael Jackson died (God rest this poor man's soul – he would be spinning in his grave if he could get into one) Larry seems especially intent on going into Nancy Grace mode lately more than ever as if he thinks he will get some big scoop. He just pushes and pushes and then says, "the viewers want to know" to make up for it. He did it to Jermaine at the Neverland interview after asking some stupid personal question.

Wow it feels good to vent!! I wish that Martin Bashir would be a guest on the show. That would be something! How guilty does that guy feel? There was way too much valuable air time wasted on guests like Miko "I don't know" Brando.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:42 pm ET


michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Jacquelyn July 21st, 2009 8:28 pm ET

LARRY knows he need to quit it. Joe and Leonard made Larry look a fool last night.


Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Martin Bashir does not need to be on. He has done enough damage. He needs to leave the Jackson's alone. I have already stopped watching all other news channels because of the biased coverage of MJ, but I will leave CNN if Bashir comes on.

In Miko's defense, I think he was being honest and respectful of his friend. Rather than speaking out negatively like Quincy Jones, and the others.

allen   July 21st, 2009 8:44 pm ET

What was great is to hear Joe telling Larry about slavery; really being beat. he was on his way to making a great point. He should have admitted to beating and disciplining his kids more poignantly. White America does not and cannot understand black America. We all got beat with something, Belts, extension cords, etc. It kept us from the penitentury. If not for those beatings which were not done out of hatred and evilness but outright love, we would have fallen victim to all sorts of things. Whites dont understand this because they have never experienced oppresion as a group. Whites want to demonize Joe and that is just the way they are, He did not spare the rod and all of his kids did not end up in prison. Isent that something? We have to beat our kids to keep them away from the traps that White America has waiting on them like drugs, and illicit sex etc.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 8:44 pm ET

cowgirl, we's havin' a discussion!! Not beechin'! 'Kay? Just we's folks havin' a vent. God bless ya right back!

Jacquelyn   July 21st, 2009 8:47 pm ET


Yes keep Martin away. You noticed how they are playing Bashir version of the interview with Michael and not the one where Michael praises his father?

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:48 pm ET




Brandy   July 21st, 2009 8:49 pm ET

Joe and Jermaine both claim to not know where Michael's body is. How can that be?

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:50 pm ET

cowgirl~YOU SIAD

""""some folks shouldnt be sitting in isnt our job and none of us are lilly white.I voiced my opinion,""""


Stephanie   July 21st, 2009 8:52 pm ET


I have to say that I agree with Mona and Deb.
I have watched your show for years and have also been frustrated by your frequent interruptions of your guests. I am also often amazed at how rude you can be. Last night was particulary painful to watch. Like a bad car accident. I was drawn to the tv. I don't know which was worse, your callous remarks and incredibly rude questions (with interruptions) or Joe and Leonards ridiculous responses.
I agree, Joe Jackson, regardless of what he might have done, is still a grieving father. Yes, he may be out of touch but he is grieving. Why would CNN or you put him on your show at this time? I just don't understand the media these days? You are cashing in on the pain of others. It's a shame.
And what was with asking the other guest if Debbie Rowe had sex with Michael? What business is it of yours? And who is she to reveal her "friends" personal business in such a way?
Why do you have these people on your show?

C'mon Larry. You have more class than this.

24 hour news stations are becoming the "Jerry Springer" of news programs.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:52 pm ET

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Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 8:53 pm ET

Yes, I do. I would love to see Tom Sneddon, just kidding 🙂

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:53 pm ET



Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 8:54 pm ET

Well, Adrienne, I wonder about Miko. Do you remember the first time he was on and Larry asked him, did you ever know about MJ/drugs/addiction, etc. when he was on with Deepak Chopra. And Miko says, Michael would take an aspirin for pain just like anyone else. And then Deepak said, No, I strongly disagree....

Um,,, an aspirin for pain just like anyone else? By "aspirin" did he mean 40 Zanax a night or Diprivan to go to sleep? I tend to think Miko was an enabler just like the rest of the entourage only he was around the longest by keeping schtumm. Just saying. I met Deepak Chopra and I think his global reputation speaks for itself anyway and I would totally go with what he says over a lot of the other people who say now they were "close friends" of MJ.

As for Bashir, I would really like to know if he feels any responsibility for crucifying Michael in that documentary in any way and how he feels about the backlash against him now. I hate him just as much as anyone but wow would I like to hear what he has to say. Everyone else who ever walked passed MJ in a hallway or parked his car or looked at him sideways has spoken out, so why not the man who many believe was directly responsible for the real spiralling out of control of MJ's drug use?

Belgium   July 21st, 2009 8:56 pm ET

I think Leonard didn't need Larry to make a fool of himself.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 8:57 pm ET


also keep in mind Mikko was Michael's long time trusted friend....Mikko is the first person that Michael would hide is problems from

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 8:59 pm ET

I totally agree Michele. Of course the family knows where Michael's body is!! AS IF they would tell Larry on national (no, international!!) television just so some nutjobs can go body-snatch it and try to sell it or something sick like that. I am aghast at the nerve and disrespect of these kinds of questions, especially when Larry must know why the family would say they don't know when obviously they do. Sheesh!

Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 8:59 pm ET

Mona Lisa, I like to look at the positive and I do feel that Miko has been a good friend to MJ. Maybe it just hurt to much to talk about it.

I Dont really care to hear what Bashir has to say. He did enough damage and whatever he would have to say would just open up wounds. He can deal with his grief with God. Furthermore, it is very disrespectful to the Jackson's and to the fans to have to listen to his rubbish.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:02 pm ET

Michele ...Mikko is the first person that Michael would hide his problems from,

BRILLIANT!!! WELL SAID!!! That is why everything that came out of Miko's mouth was truthful when he said "I don't know"!!!

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:04 pm ET

But then again, surely he must have had some clue ... his only job has been Michael's bodyguard according to his dad's biography, and this really disappointed Marlon Brando. Can Miko have been that blind?? I still can't help but think there had to be some enabling going on on his part.

Ooooh show's on!!!!

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:04 pm ET


michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:07 pm ET


I really do beleive Mikko is in shock at things he is finding out....i'm sure he has asked himself several times how could i have not seen this??

Valmai   July 21st, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Michele Canada

Larry King is not the first interviewer to ask that question on National TV. How many times was Michael asked the same question? My point is, do some research, look at the whole picture before you start pointing any fingers and judging people. That's the whole problem with people, they have to much to say on what they know nothing about.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Adrienne you have a point. He would open wounds. But Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchel are sure doing a good job of that already. They practically assassinate his character all over again every night AND show the terrible image of Michael from the ambulance. At least Larry doesn't show that. And yes, all the people who participated know who they are and will have to deal with their own God when the time comes. We do go on and on in these blogs, I know, and I feel bad when I think that the family probably cannot even turn on the TV or the internet with all the stuff that is out there every day. I need to be reminded of that, too. But I would just like to hear Bashir say he is sorry, and mean it.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Mona Lisa Wessel

"""still can’t help but think there had to be some enabling going on on his part. """"


michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:13 pm ET



candice   July 21st, 2009 9:13 pm ET

Joe Jackson is heartless he didn't seem upset over his son death he knows he abuse Michael and he knows Michael wanted nothing to do with him. He just has a coldness to him just look at his face and he couldn't even look into the camera. It's a sin that Michael suffer for what his father did to him. He knows what he did and he has to live with it until the day he dies.

Juli-Ann Kay, Casting Director Toronto Ontario   July 21st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Joe Jackson obviously has some sort of old age setting in... and yes he was probably not the best father... but he is not going to admit it on national Television... lets face it... The Rowe Guy... is trying to revive some grudge ... it's all normal stuff... but the the sad part is that Michael Jackson has died a death that he never wanted... and his kids have to live through this confusion. As far as a feature film.. I just hope they at least do this with some respect... so his kids can see some positive spin on their fathers life.

The doctor who didn't call 911 right away should have to answer to this... as this was obviously a mistake made either the night before or the morning of his death... as far people having control on him... well of couse someone or some people did... he owed money and they were trying to make money for him and on him.

His kids should stay with the Jackson family in some way... they are used to that sort of life... to take that away from them now is dangerous... and his family are the only ones who will make positive out of all this regards to their father... .

This is all common sense... I am a Casting Director and I know this... so it dosen't take a brain surgeon to figure all this out...

Juli-Ann Kay, CSA / CDC

Donna Scaglione   July 21st, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Can someone please let Ms. Chaney know that she has wrong information about Canadian Health care. We do get to choose our own doctors.

Rick Hutchins   July 21st, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Did Ms. Chaney fly over Alberta Canada on her way to Alaska and not actually understand our health care system? We DO get to choose not only our doctors BUT we also get to choose our specialist. Please, have her support Palin but not at the expense of Canada's health care program.

Diann   July 21st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

My deepest sympathies go out to the entire Jackson family at the passing of Michael, and especially to his children. To lose a parent at such a young age is heartbreaking. From what I saw of Mr. Joe Jackson on your show last night, he did not seem sincere at all concerning his son. Thank the Lord that the Jackson family was on stage the day of the memorial for those children, because what they need now more than anything else is family and they proved that on that day. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless you all.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Michele, You are right. Miko and everyone else. How could they not have known? I do believe Joe when he said that none of the family could get near him when they found out there was a problem. I do believe that those who did know there was a problem either looked the other way for $$ reasons or more likely, thought the doctors had it all under control because they were doctors. We will never know. I guess it all moot because it won't change anything in any way that matters. Michael will never come back.

I just feel so guilty that while I never ever believed any of the molestation accusations, I myself had largely dismissed him as an irrlevant freak for the past few years despite the fact that I grew up on Jackson 5 singles and Thriller and loved his music for those 20 years when he was in his prime. It took his death for me to remember and acknowledge why he was so great and to learn about all his unselfish humanitarian efforts and what a genuinely kind man he was. I was so messed up for three weeks and these blogs have really helped me get through my grief.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:18 pm ET


Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Michele you have convinced me where Miko is concerned.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Larry's wife is way young enough to be his GRAND-DAUGHTER my dear!

Sheila Borgese   July 21st, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Abusers usually don't admit what they've done, so Joe continues to live a lie.
My question is... I, like many, want to purchase tee shirts to proclaim my love for MIchael. Which organization's (SONY or AEG) proceeds will go to Michael's estate? I don't want to make some crooks rich. I want the proceeds to go to his three precious and beautiful children.
Thanks for asking this question, Larry. You are GREAT!!
–Sheila in Massapequa

Debbie Pearce   July 21st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Liz Cheney should get her facts straight about the Canadian and British Health Care system – We can certainly choose our own doctors and we in Toronto have two of the biggest Cancer Centre with Princess Margaret Hospital as well as the Sunnybrook Cancer Centre!
President Obama should keep on his track and fight for a fair health care system and use Canada's as an example. Keep in mind we can also purchase additonal health care insurance to for instance upgrade our hospitalization coverage and coverage to pay for our prescriptions either through our employer or privately. It is a great system that works!!!! I am surprised that the United States does not have an excellent healthcare system! Thank you.

belinda   July 21st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Larry, you have been unfair to Joe Jackson. You didnt allow him to finish his thoughts and you kept interupting Mr. Rowe. Joe is an elderly man that requires time to get his thoghts together. and do you and Nancy know the difference between a beating and being discipline with a belt. You need to keep Black in America going and yoiu all could learn something. We are very familiar with it. Michael was just one who internalize and resented it. I wouldnt change a thing about my belt whippings it made me who I am today.

Donna Scaglione   July 21st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Sorry folks, First time I added a comment to a blog and it turns out to be the wrong one. Heading over to the right one..

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:21 pm ET


also all these people that tried to help Michael have said if they interferred Michael cut them out and wouldn't speak to them for whats better ??? stay in touch or lose him for months...Michael was a grown man...not much his family or friends could do for Michael , when Michael refused the gates to be opened by security to let them got no choice but to walk away...

Valmai   July 21st, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Last post Michele. I am not here to argue or chat. I have given my opinion and if you don't agree with it that's ok. Everyone has that right last time I checked. You seem to be the vocal force here so I will let you get on with whatever it is your doing.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I am having trouble posting.

belinda   July 21st, 2009 9:26 pm ET

michele you are an idiot. If you are hooked on drugs because Drs. help you get hooked to keep you coming back for more to make their bank accounts fatter you are not in controll whether yoiu are a baby or a grown man. AEG and all those dr. murdered mj. He did not give himself deprivan someone else had to do it. All white people wait until blacks make mon ey and they figure out how to get it and strip them bare look at history of the black successful ones. Greed of the white man killed mj. AEG

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Sheila just search for the official michael jackson site and you should be okay. I cannot paste the URL in this box as it won't post for some stupid reason.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Whoah belinda calm down!! This is not about racism.

Rochelle   July 21st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I have to come to the defense of Joe Jackson. It pains me to do so being that I love Michael Jackson so much. However, Jermaine Jackson stated his father wasn’t that bad and that Michael was little more sensitive than the other siblings. Furthermore, none of the other siblings have come forth to side with Michael’s assertions. Usually when children are abused they become angry and abusive adults. I don't see that in any of siblings only a kind and gentle spirits always respectful to the media. Lords knows they have legitimate reasons to lash out at the media for all false reporting regarding their family, which ultimately killed Michael Jackson. At Michael’s memorial service Marlon stated, “They can’t bother you anymore.” R.I.P.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:28 pm ET

And neither is it a forum for name-calling. No one here is an "idiot" so please stop that.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:29 pm ET


no you are...i'm not talking about doctors...i'm talking about michael not letting his family and friends past the security gate to help him

Juli-Ann Kay, Casting Director Toronto Ontario   July 21st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I also would love to be in a room alone with the guy who did that interview with him... and then made a fool out of him... I won't even mention his name he deserves mention as far as I am concern... he made money off the interview and did it a MIchael Jacksons expense... Michael Jackson was and is not molester... and if we are going to go that direction then the parent should have been on trial as well... why were they having their kids hanging around him ... would they have let this go on with a normal man of that age... "NO" they wouldn't ... they did it because they thought their kids would get something out of it ... and when it didn't happen the way they thought... they followed the money wagon and started this rumor and everyone else jumped on board... Michael was wrong on one account and that was he lived a life of fantasy... and thought everyone knew that he was harmless... he voiced it on a T.V. interview and that was the end of him... and I think he knew it after it was over.... that was what put him over the edge.... I am not saying he was perfect... but none of us are.... we all have our quirks... he just happen to be the most famous man in the world and people made money off his... I am just sorry he died the way he did... and I am sorry that he couldn't see that there were people out there that did not feel badly about him.... sad that the memorial has to happen after death... if he had seen it ... it would have changed his life to the good again.... but it wasn't to be.

PS.. I have ever written on a Blog before ... but for Michael Jackson I would do it again and again... and I am a normal person with kids and have nothing but common sense.

Thanks for giving me a place to vent...

Juli-Ann Kay, CSA / CDC

Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Belinda, I agree that AEG is involved. I felt that all along. I also feel that Mr. Rowe has some good points. No one is asking this but why was John Brancha brought back??

Eva   July 21st, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Ms. Cheney – Canadians DO get to choose their own doctors...I am a Canadian – we ARE able to pick our own doctors. Get your facts straight!

Berta   July 21st, 2009 9:30 pm ET


GALA   July 21st, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Dear Larry,
Could please someone teach Liz Chenney manners how to speak in public – her attitude has made me feel sick. Thank you

Larry   July 21st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Please get all the facts on how our health care system works in Ontario Canada before you make your comments. You do not have your facts correct on our health care, waiting times, choice of doctors
We definitely get to choose our own doctors, you dont wait in emergency for care you dont wait for cancer treatment.
My wife had a kidney transplant at absolutely no cost to us She use to be on dialysis at absolutely no cost to us She is a cancer survivor at absolutely no cost to us It goes on and on

Larry Reid
Collingwood, Ontario Canada

Dia   July 21st, 2009 9:32 pm ET

That Cheney woman is rude. She may have had some interesting points; however they were lost with her approach.

belinda   July 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I wonder why larry didnt ask debbie rowes friend how many plastic surgeons she has had, her face was a mess

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Mona Lisa Wessel

its ok i'm been called for more worse then an idiot before....lmao

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Juli-Ann Kay, CSA / CDC

I think MJ's death has put many of us in the same boat. I never blogged this much in my life and I am of a certain age and not normally interested. But I think the subject is one which unites us and I think for this reason we all are entitled to our opinions and sharing them on these blogs, esp. CNN because normally there is no name-calling, makes us all feel able to make sense of a senseless, needless death. You are welcome here.

belinda   July 21st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

goodbye berta its not enough until we convict the murderers!

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Michele, doesn't matter. That is why I like blogging on CNN because normally people are respectful no matter how much they disagree with other. And I don't think you are an idiot. 😀

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Perhaps it is because I am also a Canadian. 😀

belinda   July 21st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Mona lisa I call it like I see it!

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:37 pm ET


why thank you ...your my new bestest

ray lanoue   July 21st, 2009 9:37 pm ET

i am a canadian and i cannot believe that the american people dont believe in health care that we have in canada no-body in canada does not have a doctor i do not have to worry about going to a hospital any time of day or night and worring that i can not afford it and i do not believe that the poor people in the u.s.a would believe that sure sometimes we have to wait for operations but we do get them if you are an american you can not afford an operation you dont get it we get EVERYTHING i would not trade your system for any thing in the world thank god born and raised in canada thanks

L Johnson   July 21st, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Larry, please stop your guests (especially Liz Cheney) from dissing the Canadian health care system. It is true we have our problems but I wish Liz would allow herself to dream of a day when ANY citizen of the US could go to the physician of his or her choice at any time no matter what the issue and be seen and at no cost. Get a grip Liz, you have no worries, you're wealthy; but imagine a world where you didn't have to be wealthy to get immediate healthcare. Our system isn't the best in the world but it's very close and I pride myself on the fact that our system does not cater to the wealthy or the insured well-to-do, it's there for all of us. Argue with that, my friend. Cheers, Louise

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:39 pm ET

OK belinda, but would you mind calling it without namecalling it please? 😀

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Thank you Michele. 😀

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Larry has not yet mentioned Michael once tonight!!

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:40 pm ET

ummmmmmmmmmm have we lost jacquline

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I like Debbie Rowe.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:41 pm ET

lol mona maybe he feeling guilty???????? NOT.....

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Oh he just said he is going to talk about reactions to last night's show after the commercial! LOL!

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Here we go .....

Jan   July 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

when are the Jackson's going to put a sock in that old man's mouth. He sounds like he is just looking out for the$$$'s.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET


Juli-Ann Kay, Casting Director Toronto Ontario   July 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Can someone tell me how to stop all the blogs from coming to my emal.. I think I checked a box ... help

belinda   July 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

You are right, it is not about racism, mj was loved by many races , he was a uniter, however, I dont take back what I said, now you do the research. We cannot go forward until we look back at the problem and ev en to the point of white people saying joe abused mj, the dont know the black culture to say that we think discipline with a belt is normal, most anyway, michael just internalized his that is what made it abuse to him and to his right, but to villianize joe is wrong, if it werent for him mj woulnt be anything! Why not villianize debbie rowe for abandoning her children, receiving money twice. she should be in jail because baby selling is a crime! Now she wants more. what do you think about that?

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:48 pm ET


Barb   July 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Joe Jackson is not saint: However he has lost a child. He did make a good point , If Michael was so healthy why did he require a DR to be there overnight? Why did he die?

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:49 pm ET


linda   July 21st, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Please do not have Joe Jackson on again. He is a negativity that needs
to go away from the public eye. His allegations about Michael's death
need to be listened to though.

belinda   July 21st, 2009 9:51 pm ET

By the way, I travel a lot, havent been to canada but I love all people even some white ones but i have to say what's on my mind .

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 9:53 pm ET


Bruce   July 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

It's just my gut, but something is not right about Joe Jackson.

Michael   July 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

I wonder why it is that the Jackson's won't be recognized as American Royalty, like the Kennedy's.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Belinda, Debbie does not want money. She wants to play more of a role in the children's lives and she wants to make sure Joe is kept away from the children. She does NOT want money otherwise she would have been paid off by now. She only wants the previous agreements in place to stay. She still has parental rights. I do not think she sold her children – the more we learn about how close people could get to Michael when he wanted them to and how he kept people away when he wanted that, I wonder how much choice she really had. Remember he took Paris right out of Debbie's womb practically. After he cut the umbilical chord while Paris was still covered in placenta he took off with her. He said that himself. Right after the trial Debbie got parental rights and he whisked the children off to Bahrain.

Juli-Ann Kay, Casting Director Toronto Ontario   July 21st, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Mona Lisa Wessel... Thanks

Audrey   July 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Originally, it was stated that Michael Jackson calapsed before one of the children, but now it is being stated that he died in his sleep. What is the truth?

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET


Linda Walker   July 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

In reference to your show today 7/21, I do not believe any of the words
Roger Friedman is stating. He was not in the Jackson family household and did not witness with his own eyes what the relationship was between Michael Jackson and his father. You Anchors, Commentors on the various TV show do not understand or know the Black family and Black culture. It really sickens me the way Joe Jackson is ridiculed and talked about in a negative fashion. He raised 9 children who are successful and positive individuals, and I am sure love their father. "Get a Life" talk about some white folks –
who are always murduring their own families

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I think Bruce that it is clear that like the guest said, Joe has absolutely no self-awareness and it seems pretty clear he never has. And belinda, abuse does not just mean whatever issues you may have about a belt. The emotional abuse Joe imposed on Michael was far more damaging than the beatings. And I know many black people who were not beaten with belts by their parents as a normal occurance in a black home by the way.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:03 pm ET


Juli-Ann Kay, Casting Director Toronto Ontario   July 21st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

michele canada
Thanks for letting me know how to do that... WOW... I had so many email.... thanks again... never blogged before.... not good at this

Juli-Ann Kay, CSA / CDC

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

She did Michele!! She had parental rights and she has often said that when she had visiting rights there were often problems and she was not able to see them. She is no saint I am not saying that. But he often would not let her see them when she had a right to apparently. And she did see them but I have heard that she was never introduced as their bio-mom. They must know that now, though.

Kevin   July 21st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Larry, I hear all the media and the noise about Michael Jackson but I on the other hand respect Joe as a Father to Michael. NOw, true Michael did say Joe beat him but He also said he would not change a thing to the Rabbi. Now we all know that one problem they have is repecting their father and not calling him dad and calling him Joe. I also believe that someone did kill michael and it had a lot to do with the shows he was doing. I believe a lot of people were trying to get involved and they rather kill him if they was not getting a piece of the pie, than to let him and others make all the money!! there are hidden drugs people use to kill others and the Mafia uses it alot. Michael was connected just look at the lawyers he had and who they represented. You and I both know Joe is the one with all the drama because he is Black and he raised his kids not the way some white fathers do. The bible do say spare not the Rod spoil the child. Michael was not spoiled he was loved or he would not have made it the way he did. His father could have just left him long ago if he didnt love him. So enough with the media drama from all of these that want to know but dont! YOu Go Larry!!!

Kevin E

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

But hey, things have changed and he is dead! Certainly she has changed, too. I would, too. Everyone's roles and priorities change when someone in the family dies.

Marie   July 21st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Leave Joe Jackson alone!..There is always two sides to a story. Joe Jackson raised 9 kids on two jobs and after working he created the Jackson Five. I trust Joe Jackson, and I certainly dont believe he abused Michael Jackson. I hope his family members would stand up and stop the vilifying against their dad.He reminds me of my Black American family members. Some groups of people would like to analyze specific types of families without being truly honest about how families during the early 50's, 60's and 70's raised their kids. To be honest, my dad would spank his boys if they were bad at home or in school. Before you throw stones at Joe Jackson, shine the mirror on your family.

Jacqueline/Toronto, Ontario CANADA   July 21st, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Can we please not discuss Joe Jackson? As far as I'm concerned that shop is closed. Michael forgave him. If he can do that I can too. I want cold hard facts on how he died nothing more. Leonard Rowe means nothing to me. He can talk out of the side of his neck until the cows come home.

Ann,Virginia   July 21st, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Joe Jackson is a money hungry,lying,abusive scumbag.Let's see...I think that just about covers it.Somehow I wish he could be cut out of gaining one red cent more off of his dead son.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

I just think that Debbie is always portrayed as so black and white, and two nights ago when her friend Iris was on, Larry was again pushing about the sex thing and trying to make Debbie out to be so one-dimensional acting surprised that she was a real person and could actually be nice and kind.

IMO, if Debbie Rowe wanted money, she could get ten billion dollars right now for an interview with any network never mind what she could get for a book deal. I don't think whatever she signed to keep quiet before Michael died would be valid now so she could write her own check.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:11 pm ET



michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:12 pm ET

your welcome juli ann

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:14 pm ET

Right again Michele, right again. But in her case, I am giving her the benefit of the doubt on this one. I just think she would have been paid off ages ago if it was just about the money. I could be wrong but I want to think the best of her. I sent her a sympathy card after Michael died. I wonder if she got it....

Well, it's bedtime for me. Thank you everyone for this lively chat. Larry can sure get us talking!! We have to thank him for that. Good night all!! Good night michele, wherever you are!

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:14 pm ET


Arefat   July 21st, 2009 10:17 pm ET

i am amused with this type of interviews and line of questions : Always pushy , most of the time insensitive . As a father and a family man how woud you react if you are asked these same insensitive and irrelevant personal questions during the time of mourning? It is so nonsense . just stop it!!!

Jacqueline/Toronto, Ontario CANADA   July 21st, 2009 10:18 pm ET

I don't trust Debbie Rowe either. How much money does this woman need anyway? I wish Michael went about this differently and not deal with these idiots.

Lois   July 21st, 2009 10:19 pm ET

I am sure that MJ would not have liked all this bickering and attacks on his family and his children, who the father is, who isn't, who's blanket's mother, etc. We have to give them some peace and privacy to sort this out. Where is the love people?

To quote Michael Jackson from his Privacy and Why You Wanna Trip On Me songs:

Ain’t the pictures enough, why do you go through so much
To get the story you need, so you can bury me
You’ve got the people confused, you tell the stories you choose
You try to get me to lose the man I really am

You keep on stalking me, invading my privacy
won’t you just let me be
‘cause you cameras can’t control, the minds of those who know
That you’ll even sell your soul just to get a story sold

I need my privacy, I need my privacy
So paparazzi, get away from me

Some of you still wonder why, one of my friends had to die
To get a message across, that yet you haven’t heard
My friend was chased and confused, like many others I knew
But on that cold winter night, my pride was snatched away

Now she get no second chance, she just ridiculed and harassed
Please tell my why
No there’s a lesson to learn, respect’s not given, it’s earned
Stop maliciously attacking my integrity

Why You Wanna Ttrip On Me

They Say I'm Different
They Don't Understand
But There's A Bigger Problem
That's Much More In Demand
You Got World Hunger
Not Enough To Eat
So There's Really No Time
To Be Trippin' On Me

You Got School Teachers
Who Don't Wanna Teach
You Got Grown People
Who Can't Write Or Read
You Got Strange Diseases
Ah But There's No Cure
You Got Many Doctors
That Aren't So Sure
So Tell Me

Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Stop Trippin'

We've Got More Problems
Than We'll Ever Need
You Got Gang Violence
And Bloodshed On The Street
You Got Homeless People
With No Food To Eat
With No Clothes On Their Back
And No Shoes For Their Feet

We've Got Drug Addiction
In The Minds Of The Weak
We've Got So Much Corruption
Police Brutality
We've Got Streetwalkers
Walkin' Into Darkness
Tell Me
What Are We Doin'

To Try To Stop This

Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Ooh Stop Trippin'
Yeah Stop Trippin'
Everybody Just Stop Trippin'

Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Stop Trippin'

Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
Ooh Stop Trippin'
Yeah Stop Trippin'
Everybody Just Stop Trippin'

Stop Trippin'
Stop Trippin'
Stop Trippin'
Stop Trippin'


Kathy O   July 21st, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Larry, have you seen the Geraldo interviews with MJ? He says his
father was a genious, he retracts earlier statements, that Joe is a
warrior and he is a warrior like his father!!!! Why don't you show that
interview instead of the Martin Bashir interview???

Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 10:21 pm ET

I love it Lois.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:21 pm ET

One last comment Michele, okay ... you got me to think twice about Miko, so I will remain open-minded about Debbie. I hope I am right though. But okay ... watch this space. I am sure we will run into each other again and after the decisions are made, we can compare notes and discuss it. 'Kay? Bye now! 😀

Jacqueline/Toronto, Ontario CANADA   July 21st, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Kathy O

They won't show that video with Geraldo because there will be nothing negative to discuss. You know how the media spins things.

Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Kathy O, those interviews are wonderful. He talks about god and everything. Geraldo even talks about what a great dad MJ is.

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:23 pm ET

LOIS you haven't been reading the blog. No one bickered about anything you mentioned. Before you attack, take a moment to make sure you have a reason to.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:23 pm ET



Adrienne   July 21st, 2009 10:24 pm ET

so true Jacqueline. But then again,they are being so supportive of MJ with the abuse he got from his father.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:25 pm ET


Mona Lisa Wessel July 21st, 2009 10:21 pm ET

One last comment Michele, okay … you got me to think twice about Miko, so I will remain open-minded about Debbie. I hope I am right though. But okay … watch this space. I am sure we will run into each other again and after the decisions are made, we can compare notes and discuss it. ‘Kay? Bye now! 😀


Kathy O   July 21st, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Larry,,,,you did a whole show on Walter Cronkite! Can't you at least
try to be like Cronkite and report the truth and only the truth? Don't
give in and please read MJ's words from Lois! Bravo Lois!!!
Never truer words written or sang MJ!

Jacqueline/Toronto, Ontario CANADA   July 21st, 2009 10:32 pm ET


Exactly. No one discussed it the first time Michael mentioned it on Oprah. The media's response to that was questioning if he had vitiligo or not. No one cared enough the second time when he told Martin Bashir. They focused on Gavin Arvizio and the allegations came after. It's too late now and I'm not buying it. My concern is how he died. Period.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Jacqueline/Toronto, Ontario CANADA


Kathy O   July 21st, 2009 10:35 pm ET

I grew up in MJ's era we are 4 years apart, I grew up in the Midwest
and I got lots of spankings, which I deserved! I am sure Larry got
spanked too! Joe and Katherine did their best.
At some point you can't blame your parents for the way you turned out
but I still would like Larry to show MJ with Geraldo in that interview where
Michael said he is very much like his father, a warrior, just like Joe!
Have a great night! Come on Larry, show that interview and have Geraldo on your show, totally different words from MJ than Martin showed
and check out MJ's camera footage of the Martin Bashir interview,
Martin Bashir is a liar!!!!!

Jacqueline/Toronto, Ontario CANADA   July 21st, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Howdy Michele Canada!!!!!!!!!!

Mona Lisa Wessel   July 21st, 2009 10:38 pm ET

I mean to say to LOIS apart from talking about Joe Jackson – who is the SUBJECT of this blog in case you didn't notice – no one is "bickering and attacks on his family and his children, who the father is, who isn’t, who’s blanket’s mother, etc."

That is what I meant. I had my computer off and I had to turn it on again and write this. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

Yes, Michele, I am sure there will be many surprises ahead. But PLEASE not Ryan Seacrest!! God no!!! That fake smug smile is already way too over-exposed and talk about someone who is in love with himself!!!!

I just realized that last night was the 40th anniversary of the first real moonwalk and Larry bumped a show on that for Joe Jackson.

Good night all!

Jacob   July 21st, 2009 10:38 pm ET

I believe joe did abuse michael jackson.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:38 pm ET

kathy...hell i got my ass kicked as a child to.....does that mean my parents don't love me or i don't love them....i doubt larry got his ass kicked...look at him...8 sense of mannerism....

Colette   July 21st, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Larry, it is obvious that you sought to discredit/malign Joe Jackson and Leonard Rowe with your rebuttal guests 7/21/09. Startling in 2009, the disconnect/saga still continues in regard to what it is to be African American..the struggle to succeed...
Ironic and sad you disguarded the obvious fact that three weeks before MJ's death who, "sat at the table," trying to assist his son? Telling. If Joe Jackson was such a dysfunctional parent, why did Micheal call upon him? AEG in the end will be found to be an active party to the destruction of universal gift; seek true knowledge of African American culture.

Lois   July 21st, 2009 10:39 pm ET


I am blogging in general terms to the MEDIA....not at the bloggers directly.

Jacqueline Toronto, ON   July 21st, 2009 10:39 pm ET

I can't believe the nerve of Martin Bashir to make any comments pertaining to MJ after he died.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Jacqueline/Toronto, Ontario CANADA July 21st, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Howdy Michele Canada!!!!!!!!!!

howdy neighbour

Kathy O   July 21st, 2009 10:42 pm ET

LOL Michelle!!!! You are right maybe time for Larry to step down

Jacqueline Toronto, ON   July 21st, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Where is my comment? Testing 123. Testing??

Luda   July 21st, 2009 10:44 pm ET

one problem they have is repecting their father and not calling him dad and calling him Joe

Michael said when their father became their manager Joe didn't want them to call him dad but Joe... The boys didn't have the choice, it was imposed to them by Joe himself.

Jacqueline Toronto, ON   July 21st, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Not to make fun of Larry but that thing he does with his bottom teeth is sometimes distracting. LMAO! It's like he's getting ready to take out his dentures with his tongue.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:47 pm ET

lmfao Jacqueline u offically made me spit my tea out

Luda   July 21st, 2009 10:47 pm ET

the accusations and trial helped to destroyed Michael’s reputation.

...And Soul....

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:48 pm ET

yea i think so to kathy.....he needs to go home and spend more time with his kids

Jacqueline Toronto, ON   July 21st, 2009 10:48 pm ET

Michele – ha ha! Sorry about that.

Lois   July 21st, 2009 10:49 pm ET

ADRIENNE – thank seemed to have figured out what I was trying to say 😉

Luda   July 21st, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Adrienne: My undrstanding is that Blanket is starting to have difficulty

I don't doubt that Paris & Prince will have Debbie Rowe to fight for them, but I worry for Blanket, only Michael could protect him from we know what... hope Janet will ....

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:53 pm ET


""""""""Michael said when their father became their manager Joe didn’t want them to call him dad but Joe… The boys didn’t have the choice, it was imposed to them by Joe himself."""""""""""

truthfully i can understand like a bussniess deal...but at home they prob called him dad....but because they were on the road so oooo much calling him Joe prob became a full time habit on the road and at home....think about a nickname you might have for your friend... example.... friend of mine real name is sherry...from a early age we called her chipper....she is now 35 yrs old and we still call her chipper....any one calls her sherry we look lost ..who is sherry,,,,lol

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 10:55 pm ET

want to also ad....i don't think they called him joe out of disrespect....i think it just became a habit

belinda   July 21st, 2009 10:58 pm ET

mona lisa fact check Debbie got 20,000,000 the first time and an unknown amout during the triak.She also said publicly and at the trial she did not want the kids, Have you seen her outbursts lately? keep the kids away from her, a money hungry white woman who admitteed she was only the vessel used to bring them here. Joe is old and cant hurt a flee. He is also practically out of most of his childrens lives. She is trailor trash who gave up her kids long ago, another white opportunist biker mom. God help those kids. She didnt want them now until gloria alred. nancy grace who never believes anyone innocent, and the media and dermatologist edge her on. They dont even know her! Piss on her!

Rene T. from CA   July 21st, 2009 10:58 pm ET

completely agree with roger friedman's comments about joe and leonard , they were really two sad and comical characters at the same time. leonard is definitely a strange fellow who one is not surprised to see that he had a shady pass. i ithink michael did send him that letter or at least wanted to, but perhaps was pressured by his overbearing father not to, as i think michael must have realized that this guy was a character. he seemed extremely pushy, and larry king handled the interview brilliantly forcing him to stay on topic and answer the questions instead of making it a circus act.

poor michael if these are the two characters that are supposed to be speaking with his best interest in mind. he was surrounded by too many people who were just out for themselves, and this is confirmed in their behaviour after his death as well.

michael was a good person, and was innocent.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:00 pm ET

i agree belinda...i think Deb is using joe as an excuse to get more money...i bet you my last dollar

Angela Henry   July 21st, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Leonard seemed like nothing more than a fast talking fellow, who thought very highly of himself.. sad people

mJ rest in peace.

JAMIE   July 21st, 2009 11:02 pm ET


My mother (God rest her soul)raised 10 children basically by herself, and yes we got hit with belts, extension cords, whatever. We all grew up to be good law abiding citizens that are making good contributions to world.

Some of my brothers like MJ believed that my mother was too strict, but I am glad that she cared enough to make me think about me to be strict. It kept me in-line even when I grew up and was out on my own doing the right things.

BP we have to understand that the media is trying to take a BM and make him look BAD because he raised the baddest entertainer in the world. NO parent is without fault, no parent is perfect, back then they did what they know.

Like Joe said they beat and abused the slaves, then when we turned around and whipped our children in somewhat the same manner on our children we are later accused of beating them???

I wish that MJ would have spoke with the media before he died and let them know that he loved his father because that is what the Bible says. NO matter what he loved his father. His father was walking with him every day at the trail,even though he walked hand and hand with his mother he still had his father not far away.

BP please don't feed into this media mess trying to put another black man down.

If you check the history of the other large singing families whose names I won't mention, you will see where the lack of their father in their lives found them to be not lucky as the Jacksons, even-though the talent was definitely there.

Also no one ever talks about the Osmonds father and how Donnie later reported how even-though he hated the stage his father still forced him onto it day after day. No one ever challenged the Osmonds parents and their form of discipline, they only praised them for doing a good job by raising a family full of entertainers.

Also people don't understand how strict the Jehovah Witness religion is. There up bringing was strict mostly because of their mother's religious beliefs. Joe told ABC that he was working two jobs and didn't spend as much time with MJ as Katerine did, and that Katherine disciplined him more.

Some kids need to be whipped and some kids don't, but to make a law that says you can't hit your kids creates the problems that we have today with our Black kids.
Also the Bible tells you what happens when you spare the rod, you spoil the child.

When I was a child me and my peers thought that the Brady Bunch show was so ridiculous to put their kids on punishment, WT@ is that?? I was glad that my mother hit me and got it over with, forget about a week-long punishment.

There are lots of parents that don't know how to love their children the right way, but what is RIGHT, WHAT IS NORMAL??
There is no such thing as NORMAL????

We do what we know and the Bible says you can tell a tree by the fruit that it bears. I look at my siblings and I am glad that my MOM did what she did.

MJ problems, believe came from the burn, Deepok told Larry how MJ felt like he was deformed after the burn, if you look at his life things really began to change for him after that in the worst way when it came to his appearance.

Those doctors played a role in it too. They didn't help they just wanted the money, they didn't really care about MJ's insecurities only the money. I could go on and on about this MJ case, but I refuse to put another BM down to do so!

I don't believe MJ was tortured, slaves were tortured Please stop listening to the media and the over sensitive MJ when he talked to Oprah, and Martin Bashir.

MJ was a spoiled little one with lots of character. He was a leader when he was only five. You can tell that he was the one that they spoiled. As his brother said he ran from most of his whippings. I have an older sister that my older siblings talk about how she ran from my mother constantly making her tired and not really able to give her the whippings that she set out to give her.

When MJ friend Deepok asked MJ would he want to change his childhood for the fame he quickly said NO!

The bible says to much is given, much is asked.

To me the media nor the government has no right to tell you how to raise your children, as long as they are not causing any problems for the community and become tax paying and law abiding citizens. It takes a whole village to raise a child and not the media and the government.

Most of the child act laws were created from the animal rites, and implemented after the animal rights act was years into place.

Most of the media that's talking about JOE need to check their own homes out first.

They tried to drag Katherine through the media first but they couldn't so they went after Joe.

Most black children in the inner poor cities are being raised by their sick, crippled, and blind grandma's with nowhere near the resources nor money that Katherine has, yet no one complains nor tries to help.

Most white people back in the day were raised by a Mammie??
Whats the average age of a Mammie and what is the definition of one, yet the media doesn't question this.

Anything to put a negative spin on a BM and his family.

Like my niece told me the other day the media was so mad especially the WM because they are loosing their place in news with all this attention on Obama, Sotomayor, and now MJ!!!!

Overall this man Joe raised his kids and created a life for them and their children that is better than the one he had. That should be any parents objective and wants for their children and heirs to follow.

JOE IS THE GRANDFATHER whether you like it or not. If MJ didn't want his children around Joe he would have made it loud and clear in his WILL. please believe that.

Talk about someone that should be kept from the children and it should be Debbie Rowe, there is no way the courts should allow some one that sold her children to be a part of their lives now. She should be banned from them forever, she is definitely not a mother in any kind of way.

Pat   July 21st, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Joe Jackson’s Partner Has Sketchy History

After last night’s disgusting show with scumbag Joe and con man Leonard, it was refreshing to see the two guys Larry had on tonight. There is nothing Joe could possibly say that would change my opinion of him. When he’s not lying about his past behavior, he’s claiming that Katherine beat Michael more than he ever could. What a p-o-s!

I wish the media would stop encouraging him.

Regina   July 21st, 2009 11:03 pm ET

In regards to the Joe Jackson interview, Larry I think you stooped to a low level. Last night's show was about ratings. You basically asked him questions that have been sensationalized in ALL of the tabloids and other media websites. The questions you asked such as, "Are you taking the children on a world tour next year?" "Where is Michael's body buried?" These are the same questions that are on the tabloid sites and featured as magazine cover stories. You fed into the media circus.

First of all, why is everyone wanting to interview Joe Jackson? Everyone knows that Michael went to great lengths to distance himself from Joe during his adulthood. Everyone knows that he and his wife Katherine have lived separate lives for years, because of his adultery. That's nothing new, so why bother making him look like the villan, or the idiot father? Everyone knows that his whippings (I'll call them that, because I was raised in the South), were extreme in some cases, but I don't think he intentionally meant to beat his children to death. He wanted to invoke fear, and that's what he did. Several parents do not spare the rod. My mother was the disciplinarian, and she did not. Now, I will say his form of punishment was not always appropriate, in regards
to whipping them while the Jackson 5 rehearsed. VH1 has been showing the "Jackson 5, An American Dream" in heavy rotation, so if you haven't seen it, that will shed some light on Joe Jackson.

On the other hand, Joe has other flaws he has made obvious to the world: he doesn't interview well, and he doesn't have a good command of the English language. Keep in mind, this man is 80+ years old, and it appears that he may not remember everything he has said in recent interviews. I really think you wanted to catch him slip up, and Joe caught onto that and was getting frustrated with you Monday evening. I doubt that Joe will be involved with the grandchildren, because he keeps his distance from Katherine. He lives in Las Vegas where he can be the center of attention. He doesn't have time to be a real grandfather anyway.

It amazes me how everyone is coming out of the wood works and saying that they were friends with Michael, when it is apparent that some were just mere acquaintances. If these people were his friends, why didn't they intervene ans force Michael to get help?? Why didn't they sit him down and say he needed to get better for his children??Truth be told, Michael's problems did not begin and end with Joe Jackson, some were his fault alone. He did not take control and stock of his life like he should have. No one forced him to get more than 20+ plastic surgeries, no one forced him to take the prescription meds, he chose to do this on his own. It was just that people gave him want he wanted to appease him. He was able to be manipulative with his star power. His issues began before the Pepsi commercial in 1984, something was wrong during his childhood. Did Joe Jackson contribute to that? Some, but not all. I think he had a psychological condition that was not diagnosed, but no ever thought or spoke about it.

Why not interview his financial advisors since his finances was in the red. Where are the people that stuffed their pockets before paying his bills for him, where are the people that let him overspend and continue to dive deep in debt??

No one will ever know the truth about MIchael's personal problems, which were both financial and psychological, but please interview some people who can give some facts, and not just speculation.

Angela Henry   July 21st, 2009 11:04 pm ET

i agree too about deb using joe to get more money. very sad, but i also do believe it is a shame for joe to sit their and deny that he beat MJ when even his own brothers confirmed that they too were beaten.

Deb just wants money.. that is all any of them wanted from MJ.

Luda   July 21st, 2009 11:05 pm ET

Kathy O: Martin Bashir is a liar!!!!!

When Bashir made the video about MJ he had told Michael it was to give a better image of Michael , but when it came out it was quite the opposit... Michael felt betrayed....

Tony Sorenson   July 21st, 2009 11:10 pm ET

Let's not disregard or minimise Michael and his own siblings admission that they felt abused. if someone else is beaten and feel that this is okay that is their perogative, but to be beaten to perform and because you don't get dance steps right is ridiculous.

joe is a loser, and he shouldn't deny what he did. he was controlling and did a lot of damage to Michael. IF this was the best he knew at the time, then the least he could do is own up to it which he did previously on air/on the record and now he is flat out lying. They should run the tapes where he admits "beating" him.

Michael never denyed loving his father, but he also would not deny or condone his father's abuse. the bible does not tell us that abuse is okay, and i will not dismiss someone's feelings from their abuse, nor will i try to justify his father's behaviour by trying to point the finger just at Pepsi.

Give me a break, his father tormented him physically and verbally/emotionally by calling him big nose and making fun of him.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:11 pm ET


"""""""""Also no one ever talks about the Osmonds father and how Donnie later reported how even-though he hated the stage his father still forced him onto it day after day. No one ever challenged the Osmonds parents and their form of discipline, they only praised them for doing a good job by raising a family full of entertainers."""""""""""

perhaps cause the osmonds aren't black......CNN is looking like they got something against the black jackson family

Luda   July 21st, 2009 11:14 pm ET

Michele Canada

Yes, yes I agree, it's just that Kevin seemed to say that the boys were not respecting Joe, I just wanted him to know that it was not a lack of respect, it was not their idea... in fact, on youtube, in a home video of Michael with janet we can hear them calling Joe dad... I should have been more specific...

Jacquelyn   July 21st, 2009 11:16 pm ET


Katherine probably did. Joe had 2 jobs and it was on the wife to take on both roles as mother and father.

And why was it refreshing to see those to guys on tonight vs Joe and Leonard. Hmmm, let me guess Whites Vs. Blacks maybe? You noticed how Larry let those two finished their statements but continually cut off Joe and Leonard.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:17 pm ET


Kathy O   July 21st, 2009 11:17 pm ET

How does Liz Cheney know what US Americans are thinking? I think

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:18 pm ET



Beverley from OHIO   July 21st, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Martin Brashar betrayed Michael and is just an awful person.

I can't even get into Martin, but it was disgusting what he did, and it just shows that some of the media people just care about a story and themselves.

I also want to comment on the person who wrote that Joe is the grandfather and if Michael didn't want him around the kids he would have written it in his will. Michael did, that is why there is no mention of Joe getting a dime nor taking care of the kids-how much clearer could he make it. Abuse is abuse, and we can not start putting words in Michael's mouth. Joe is a low life, and just his interviews right after Michael's death show his true colours for anyone who had doubts.

He goes on the red carpet saying that he is fine, and starts promoting a new record lable two days after his son's death. I feel sick just thinking of this.

Joe did not make Michael. Michael was a talented spirit who worked hard, and who dedicated his life to doing good.
Michael congratulations on your hard work.

Kathy O   July 21st, 2009 11:20 pm ET

Americans don't know who or what to believe from our government or the media! Where are the Cronkite protegee's?

Luda   July 21st, 2009 11:21 pm ET

Adrienne: I remember that Oprah interview and MJ got quite embarrassed and even said that he was a gentleman and would not answer such a question. This stuff is ridiculous. And it is NONE of our business. This is their private life. That’s what killed MJ being badgered about his private life.

I agree with you. It's none of our business...It's like if people just can't believe he had sex with a woman... Why not? It's not because someone is shy that he will never have sex in his life... and those people if WE would ask them about there sex life they would all answer: It's none of your business...

Luda   July 21st, 2009 11:23 pm ET

Mona lisa: How guilty does that guy feel?

Bashir doesn't feel guilty at all....

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:23 pm ET



Kathy O   July 21st, 2009 11:24 pm ET

All of my Canadian friends pick their doctors!!! It's the lobbyists trying to stop it, they pay off our representatives in Congress!!! Come on!!!!
The Canadians also get their surgery when needed not a year later!!
The commercials (paid for) are lies to the American public yet again.
Bravo Carville, be quite Cheney!!!!

Jacquelyn   July 21st, 2009 11:25 pm ET


AEG brought him back after Michael fired him.

Pat   July 21st, 2009 11:26 pm ET

Jacquelyn, please don't pull any black vs white BS! I couldn't care less what color was on rebutting those two idiots from last night...JMO!!

I believe Katherine was an enabler to sit back and watch Joe beat his kids (or as HE previously said 'he whipped them), but for him to throw around those allegations was plain silly, once again in my opinion.

Doesn't this clown realize how much he is hurting her (their) chance of getting the kids?

Luda   July 21st, 2009 11:27 pm ET

Adrienne: I would love to see Tom Sneddon, just kidding

I just hope that Michael's ghost is haunting Sneddon.... just like in Thriller! (LOL)

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:30 pm ET

lol luda

i still wanna know which wife satisfed larry....stop chaning the subject Luda..its not polite to

Jamey   July 21st, 2009 11:33 pm ET

agree that larry and others should mind their own business about whether or not michael had sex with debbie rowe. even soledad o'brien stooped right before the memorial service began by saying that the kids were white and were they his, and could he really be a representatives for blacks when he turned himself white over the years (I am not quoting word for word). i used to be a big soledad fan, but now i realize that the media is thte media, and they are not anyone's friends. everyone should mind their own business about his kids and sex life, but i was specifically shocked by what soledad said considering she is biracial herself and after all there are so many mixed/biracial kids these days that how can one assume the kids aren't his. you know what i can't even go on i feel to sickened by what the media continues to do to him and i don't want to feed into it.

p.s. joe is doing nothing to help however.

Jacquelyn   July 21st, 2009 11:33 pm ET

Beverley from OHIO

Yes Joe did. If it wasnt for him Michael wouldnt be where he was today. Michael said that himself too, so no one cant deny it.

Stop blaming Joe, who cares what he did years ago. What you should be worrying about is who killed Michael now. Let me ask you, was you defending Michael when he was going under the false accusations of molestation. Was you apart of the devilish group that said he wanted to become white and called him all type of degrading names. And perhaps you want to say your a fan of Michael now because you are one of the people that is now feeling sorry because he died and you are realizing the error of your ways. In fact. WHERE WAS YOU ALL WHEN HE NEEDED YOUR SUPPORT THE MOST. Joe didnt kill his son. You all did for not believing in him back then.

elle   July 21st, 2009 11:33 pm ET

These two were funny alright. I felt sorry for both of them. Everything the two said was evasive and much of it did not make any sense. Joe needs to stay behind the scenes as much as possible because he is very embarrassing . If it weren't for the talent of his children, he would have remained in obscurity because he does not really seem to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. I am sure he did the best he could as he is who he is, and he is still the natural father of a beautiful soul who was Michael and thank God he didn't allow his talent to be ignored,
But he should now grieve for his son in private and stay off the airwaves so he and his family do not have to suffer anymore ridicule . The less we know or hear about Joe Jackson , the better! Besides , why keep questioning his parenting skills and style. what 's done is done and no matter how much he denies it, Michael himself , sincerely told the world it caused him a great deal of pain and suffering. Maybe the others were not as badly affected, but Michael was gentle soul and it deeply affected him. We already know this. So maybe we should close that chapter along with the allegations of child molestation from which Michael was found not guilty.

As far as the enablers in the drug abuse allegations, lets see what the toxicology reveals.

DL   July 21st, 2009 11:35 pm ET

I understand the idea when you say that children were spanked when he or she misbehaved. However, was Michael Jackson misbehaving when he didn't get a dance step correct and his dad beat him afterwards? I see that as a form as abuse because it is called intimidation of a very talented child. And therefore was not necessary because Michael Jackson was already very driven in his art to be the best singer/dancer he could be. Also, I think that perhaps, Michael Jackson wasn't sure if his dad truly loved him, I am just speculating, but Joe Jackson seemed very strict and may have never expressed to Michael that he was proud of him for his accomplishments or told him that he loved him. If that were the case then it is a form of abuse.

AnneM.   July 21st, 2009 11:37 pm ET

Agree that some of Larry's questions were a bit much, but I don't think one should blame Larry for Joe's inexcusable behaviour on his show as well as at many other interviews. Agree wtih the person who said that two days after Michael's death he was asked how he was doing and he said fine and was promoting a record lable, and not once did he do this but during two different interviews.

My suggestion would be for Joe to lose Leonard and to quietly grieve like Katherine, Janet, and Reeba, instead of being a clown for the media circus.

Would they please let Michael rest.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:38 pm ET


As far as the enablers in the drug abuse allegations, lets see what the toxicology reveals.


AnneM.   July 21st, 2009 11:39 pm ET

I don't think anyone is acusing Joe of killing Michael, or blaming him for past behaviour, I think we are discussing his current behaviour and saying that it shows how pathetic he is and confirms that he was one of the many knuckleheads that were not a positive influence on Michael. Agree about the doctors needing to be held accountable.

peace out.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Joe didnt kill his son. You all did for not believing in him back then.


Jacquelyn   July 21st, 2009 11:41 pm ET


You know as well as I do it will be an issue. Look at Bill O'Reilly and Peter King. The media is destroying Michael's name and the Jackson family name right now. You know why Bill keeps bring up the kids and saying they are white, because he dont believe a black family should have them. Do you really think custody would be an issue if this was not true. Also do you hear the media reporting about that White Man who adopted a Black child and was raping him repeatedly. Why are they not dragging his name through the mud? Why continually try to paint a picture of Michael Jackson being a drug addict and reflecting negatively on him. Why not bring up the postive images of him where he went to children hospital's everyday and gave bulks of money to them. There is prejudice in this case and if you dont think its not you are sadly mistaken.

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:45 pm ET

i agree jacquelyn....i said a few blogs up that i think Larry has a race issue with the know Larry was poilitely invited to the memorial service sat 3 rows behind them (i think) and then turned around and back stabbed the jacksons

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:46 pm ET


Esther Richardson   July 21st, 2009 11:47 pm ET

I agree with the others, that first of all the people who are taking time to write here are all genunine fans, and I have not seen one person accuse Joe Jackson of killing his son on this site, but I have seen a few wishing that he told the truth and would behave differently instead of feeding into the media circus. I think we are all fans here, and are wanting Michael's legacy to live on. Unfortunate that he didn't get the help he needed, and that he was at the hands of those doctors and the media, but he asked us to unite and to care about each other.

Luda   July 21st, 2009 11:49 pm ET

michele Canada: No one ever challenged the Osmonds parents and their form of discipline, they only praised them for doing a good job by raising a family full of entertainers.”"”"”"”"”"”
perhaps cause the osmonds aren’t black……

A lot of people seems to say that the only problem is that MJ was black and that it's the reason why medias tried to destroy him... there's other black artists who had success who never received the treatment the medias gave to MJ... One of the problem with MJ is that Michael Jackson was probably the biggest star on earth... and there's human who just can't stand the success of others... the Osmond never became as big, as international as Michael... the day he became a record-breaker they never stopped to try to destroy him... we should never underestimate what the jealousy of human can do...
it can be cruel...

Esther Richardson   July 21st, 2009 11:50 pm ET

I hope that the ones who falsely accuse him will come forward and publically clear his name. I hope the guilt will overtake him, and I completely agree that when he was alive he needed everyone's support becuase he was innocent and all he wanted to do was bring happiness and peace to this world.

RIP Michael, and good night to all of you!

Luda   July 21st, 2009 11:53 pm ET


That's a good one Michele!! LOL

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:53 pm ET

maybe Michael should have sang "puppy love" lol

Pat   July 21st, 2009 11:54 pm ET

Jacquelyn, I KNOW Racism in an issue when it comes to Michael and the media, whether it is his skin color, his children, etc, etc. My Point was Race was not as issue for ME when I said I was glad Larry had Roger and the guy from Insider on his show tonight after those two from yesterday.

And what’s with this who supported Michael, since when, during all his trials and tribulations? Is there some sort of fan contest going on?

michele canada   July 21st, 2009 11:58 pm ET


thank you....wonder if larry will answer it on national tv

Luda   July 21st, 2009 11:58 pm ET

Kathy O: All of my Canadian friends pick their doctors!!!

Yes.yes, in Canada people choose their doctors... they're trying to scare people....

Tif   July 22nd, 2009 12:00 am ET

NOt sure what is up with all the where were you when Michael needed support going on in here, or why people are being accused of saying that Joe killed Michael???? I am confused by reading all of this, but just want to say Michael we love you, and Joe please stop giving interviews the one last night with Leonard was embarassing. Larry didn't embarass you, you did that all by yourself, and one is accountable for their own actions.

I hope the family can have the opportunity to grieve and the media will leave them alone, and finally let Michael rest in peace.

I hope all the doctors are brought to justice and Michael's name will be cleared for once and for all.

Yes, I am a fan, and I have old concert tickets to prove it!

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:01 am ET

i choose my own doc....mind you some aren't the brightest crayon in the box

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 12:09 am ET


No, its no contest. But you have the real fans and the fake ones. When Michael needed the most support where was all this love and concern. Maybe if Michael would have saw all this he wouldnt have ended up in crooked people hands right now therefore having a beautiful soul taking from us.
Like I said everyone is bashing Joe when they were not before. I can guarantee custody, or Joe would not even be in discussion if it wasnt for the reason I stated earlier in my post.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:17 am ET

not to mention Jacquelyn Joe is in presense of his other 22 grandchildren and no one is crying abuse

Annie Narine   July 22nd, 2009 12:23 am ET

Too many criticisms against Canadian Healthcare, overall if you get sick on Candian soil you will be taken care of no matter what your financial status! Can this be said for Americans..Give President Obama half a chance.

Virginia   July 22nd, 2009 12:25 am ET

It would be beneficial and fair for you Larry to have a Canadian doctor well versed in our health care system speak and reply to Liz Cheney's lies and accusations!!!

Canadians have one of the best health care systems in the world. Canadians choose their own physician and specialists, many of whom lead in world research. I take great offence to Liz Cheney's false accusations, spreading fear and hysteria because she does not have the knowledge or took the time to learn the real facts!

I would love to have James Carville back again – here is a man that speaks clearly, succinctly and knows how to present an issue without being a rude, ignorant bully (ie. Liz Cheney)!!! Liz – you need to conducted yourself with some manners and know your facts!

E.J.   July 22nd, 2009 12:27 am ET

Hey, I don't think it doesn't make you a fan if you are not willing to minimize the abuse that michael verbalized and was confirmed by his siblings that he said was given at the hands of his father. i think that all who brought unjustices to Michael are accountable, however, I don't think that means that there should not be forgiveness or that one can not learn from their mistakes either. I am not here to bash Joe, but I will not deny the truth either.

Joe should be able to move on from something that was done so long ago, but I think he needs to be careful with how he beahves now and who he chooses to surround himself with and what he says.

What is the deal with these doctors, are they going to be charged. I mean this definitely was a homicide and they need to be held accoutable for this.

MJ we love you.

E.J.   July 22nd, 2009 12:28 am ET

Agree that so many didn't support Michael when he needed it, but also believe that was true not just with his fans but those closest to him that he really looked to and needed.

Oscar Cuzzani   July 22nd, 2009 12:33 am ET

It's a shame that all comments about Canadian Health care system is one sided.
I choose my doctor, get all lab tests free and pay nothing tor skin canc er t\rteatment. I have no regrets of a "socialist" system but we do regret how millions of Americansd are denied basic health care.
That some cancer patients need to wait, well, what about those guys in US that cannot even afford to have a blood test done.
C'mon, if a country cares for his citizens, then it makes a whole of sense to me to socialized medicine.
How about electronic medical charts? Hedre was implemnented in a few years. Cut cists and avoid duplication, fraud and drug abuse... Does itr riong a bell with recent stories about Mic hael Jackson?

Let's hope Obama has a faint copy to at least reduce the numbers od uninsured by half. Even that would be seen as shameful by Canadians! In a decent (industrialized, CIVILIZED) country will never allow this to happen. France, another example, UK another...
Pleasde do Change! It's not shamful to care for all, even if that carries being named (socialist, ouchh!!!)
even if that does not fit historically with your country.
US has always been in tghe foprefornt of science, but socially seems to lag behind.
Guys wake up!

veronique   July 22nd, 2009 12:33 am ET

Where was Pepsi when MJ needed them.. .... Seems to me they were the first to pack up and run the other way....

Do agree that so many didn't support MJ when he needed it and that things could have been drastically different had he received the respect, love and support that he deserved.

MJ you were a good soul and you deserved more. RIP in heaven.

Kaypee   July 22nd, 2009 12:36 am ET

I do think Miss Liz Cheney should not come to your show again, this is because she doesn't know how to communicate.She kept on cutting off Carville and I couldn't understand anything she said.She kept on interrupting Carville but said to Carville not to interrupt her.I do think we Republicans have very eloquent people to translate our views to the American people.I do think she is bad news, all that she did on your program was arguing with the Democrate she did not support anything she said with any facts or figures.Please Miss Liz Cheney we've had too much of a disgrace and we Republicans are ready to fix things for 2012 please don't mess it up.

Pat   July 22nd, 2009 12:37 am ET

I think everyone has a right to bash to Joe if they feel like it. It's not unwarranted, IMO. It's not just about him lying about beating Michael. A LOT of people were pissed with his actions following Michael's death where he took TWO opportunities to promote his record company. At that moment the fans and the media couldn't care less about his future ventures. Just last week when asked on abc what was his most memorable moment about his son Michael, he answered like a fan, "we lost the biggest superstar in the world." wtf, was Michael only a meal ticket to him? Actions speak louder than words!

As far as fans, I would say Michael's passing has seen a new found interest from some who probably were not interested in him before. I think that it is great.

veronique   July 22nd, 2009 12:37 am ET

Martin Brashair is a disgrace. This man has no remorse for the damage that he did to Michael. It was all about a story for Martin. What a creep, and to have the nerve that after Michael died to publically go on tv and say that now the kids will have a better life and normal life is just pathetic. He is a con artist, and obviously didn't see the tears of pain that Micahel's daughter shed because she missed her father.

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 12:38 am ET


And who is to say Michael was truthful in everything he said also. Alot of people say that suppose to be close to him. He sometimes loved the attention he get and would do or say certain things to get a reaction from people?

Like I stated before Joe was wrong if he called Michael ugly. Its one thing for siblings to say it but its a different thing for a parent too. And in my earlier posting I said all not just the fans. Friends too. All of these so call friends speaking out now that he is passed and 9 times out of 10 they probaby never supported him either.

sibia   July 22nd, 2009 12:42 am ET

I personally think that Joe is nuts. I really agree that Martin Brashar is a disgrace to society, and that he should hang his head in shame for being such a con. That was Michael's biggest problem was that he trusted people so much, and refused to believe that some people could be so terrible – so he trusted this poor excuse for a human and thought that it was actually a friend doing an interview, but Martin was just the same as all those other low-life, hanger ons who just wanted to get something from Michael and only cared about themselves.

I think if Martin did a lot to ruin Michael and it is time for him to apologize and shut up. I also think that Michael didn't have the support from much of the public when he needed it, and thte media was cruel to him, and he needed the people closest to him including his family to support him and unfortunately they were all our for themselves.

My prayers are with Katherine and his kids, and all who are grieving him..

Joe please stop doing interviews

Mary Boulineau   July 22nd, 2009 12:44 am ET

I just watched Liz Chenny and James Carvell.Never have I been so ticked!She totally took over, he was'nt allowed to finsh any thing with out the RUDE witchdrowning out what he was saying. He was a gentleman ,I'm not allowed to put what she is!I love Larry King and watch him every night he tried to give James a chance ,she just kept on.I hope he never invites her back.When a Republican cheats we are suppose to move on, after all they are the Moral Majority.On the other hand if it is a Democrat hey, lets tar and feather the sucker.Yes, I am a Democrat.Let's don't give Obama an opportunity to even try and fix the mess that was created after 8 years.My goodness he has had 7 months what's his excuse?

Lezlie   July 22nd, 2009 12:48 am ET

Larry, watch you religiously. I rank you, Anderson Cooper, Zaheed, Martin, Gerben as the stars of CNN. You report the facts, and only the facts and let viewers decide. We don't hear your opinions first, if at all. Larry, I have been disappointed lately.....especially with the Joe Jackson interview.

Joe, is limited, you know it and many others saw it. As a professional, where do you cross the line of getting facts vs. exploiting, Larry, you don't need it, you can get a fact based,quality story because of you are Larry King. You could have gained many points last night, by helping Mr. Jackson vs. going for juggler–ratings. You are above and beyond that..why did you do it?
Your interview with Carville and Cheney, why did you allow the continued disrespect of Liz Cheney? Are you a journalist or not?W e didnt know how much we missed the skill and professionalism of Walter Cronkite until he is gone.

The desire of CNN to destroy President Obama is unprecedented,

sibia   July 22nd, 2009 12:50 am ET

Hey Jacquelyn,

I don't think Michael was lying about his father, and I believed the rest of his family also confirmed this. He had no reason to lia, and in the same breath he admitted to loving his father. I do think his father did those things, but I don't think his father should have to defend himself against until the day he dies however. I think it is time to move on, but he should however try and just stay out of the media eye at this time when he is not going to interview as well, because that interview and previous ones have not made him look good, and have actually made him seem like he was more concerned with self promotion and his new ventures then Michael, as there were time he didn't even mention Michael just his new venture and introduced his business partner.

I agree completely with you about people only speaking out now and supporting him. It is a shame and makes me sick. Just like Al Sharpton said "Where were you yesterday". Easy to support someone when they were did, but just like Michael's song "Will you be there" many people weren't there in his trials and tribulations and now in his passing are praising him and saying what a nice person he was. Why didn't they say these things publically before it sure would have helped when the media was portraying him as as crazy person and there were allegations against him.

How come we didn't see the damage that the pepsi burn did to him, or have all the details about all the charities he supported and the good he did. What is Pepsi saying now?

I hope that Sheila Jackson keeps on fighting for him, and the bill she is debating will pass. Good for you Sheila you are awesome.

By the way, has Oprah said anything? Someone before said they thought that they had a falling out and that is why she has said nothing, but I don't know if that is true. I hope Oprah says something, because Michael did so much for everyone, and it sure would be nice to have people speak up for him.

sibia   July 22nd, 2009 12:56 am ET

Never blogged before, and as a first time blogger and huge Michael Jackson fan I want to say this was fun.

Have a good night to all of you. Take care.
Michael your legacy will continue. RIP

Alexis   July 22nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

I Love Michael jackson hes the best singer,dancer ever. i loveee him<3 hes also handsome (: michael i luv you

V.J. Johnson   July 22nd, 2009 1:01 am ET

I am irritated with the media on how Michael’s father treated. I think the media is being inconsiderate to a grieving father. Remember, Joe Jackson is a proud man of nine children that he and his wife raised. He deserves a little respect as a father, citizen, grandfather, and an elderly man at the age of eighty. This man had to watch/witness his son, Michael, lived a life without him, because of his overbearing ways as a father. I think Joe has been punished enough mental/emotional for the last thirty to forty years longing a relationship from Michael. Now, Joe has to live with the sudden death of his son in a silent agony to his grave. I do believe Michael would want the world to let this be. Michael was a giving and loving person. Eventually, Michael and his father would have made amends (time did not allow it). If we really concern/love Michael, we would let him rest in peace. We would honor his wishes. We would trust that his children would be love unconditionally by his family. Most of all, we will let his father live the rest of his days grieving/toiling within himself of Michael’s death seeking everyday/night (for what if?). Remember, Joe has to live with the fact of not getting the chance to make it right with his son; Michael left to soon and quick. Joe has all the right to wants to know why his son die the way he did? I think it is fair to say that is understandable. Do you think Joe could be feeling a tremendous guilt/pain/sorrow/anguish/trouble in his heart/mind and soul for letting his son down as a father? So why are we beating Joe Jackson while he is at his lowest emotional state of mind/heart? That is not our job to do, unless charges are coming forth. Then, let God deal with Joe on God’s time and in God’s way. Michael was Joe’s son before Michael was the world’s ICON/King of PoP. I love you Michael.

Erica MJ   July 22nd, 2009 1:02 am ET

Just sad about how many people are trying to make money off of Michael even now, and still won't let him rest in peace. Michael you were an awesome person, and it is sad that so many are still trying to use you for their gain including many of your family members.

Michael rest in peace. We always loved you, and always will.

Sad what they are doing to Michael and just trying to take everything out of him. Where are all the tribute shows honoury this legend.

You will always live on. Thank you for all you have graced this world with.

Julie H   July 22nd, 2009 1:04 am ET

A public apology to Michael for not keeping an open mind during his trial. I am so sorry I misjudged him. As for his father Joe - shame on you for trying to financially benefit from Michael's death. Do I believe he beat Michael and his siblings, Absolutely!!!

Alexis   July 22nd, 2009 1:06 am ET


Rachelle Clayton   July 22nd, 2009 1:06 am ET

Larry- I believe that Joe Jackson, has every right to believe that there was foul play in his son's death. Michael Jackson, has always shown the character of a giving soul and very sensitivity to others.

I really want to address the abuse accusation. As an Africian American, my father would have been around Joesph Jackson age. He also, was from a generation of people that believed that discipline was necessary to raise a child right. I believe, that Joe Jackson raised the Jackson family with discipline and loved.

He made the Jackson Five to be the best they could be. Yes, Michael, was young, but if you were to ask the older brother's about descipline, I'd bet , they would tell you that they appreciated Joe Jackson sterness.
We now are in the "time out" generation and most of these time outs for African American males end up behind bars.

M>T>   July 22nd, 2009 1:09 am ET

No judgement from me on the beatings Michael used to get, but definitely struggle with a father who promotes his next venture and doesn't mention his son who just died.

Joe is a grown man and should stop doing interviews, as this is not about beating him up or being unfair it is about asking him to be responsible for his actions now and not feed into the media.

Joe is Joe as far as I am concerned. I also believe that him and Michael already had made ammends for the beatings, as Michael was a forgiving and wonderful person, but I do agree that if time had allowed that there probably was more that Joe could have said beofre Michael's death, however, promoting your next venture two days after your son's untimely and shocking death leaves a lot for the imagination.

Rosie   July 22nd, 2009 1:12 am ET

Shame on all who are trying to make money off his death. Shame on many of his family members who are doing that. Shame on all the self-centred people who hung on to him, and even now refuse to let him go without something for themselves. Shame on Miko Brando for doing all of those stupid interviews including one on the same night he died and he claims to be his closest friend.

Michael never thought of himself, and yet was surrounded by so many who just thought of themselves. He was too innocent to see it, and to nice to try and beat it.


Corrina Bartuqazzi   July 22nd, 2009 1:14 am ET

Joe shame on you not for past mistakes that you may have asked for forgiveness for, but for current behaviour and mishandling of your son even in his death. HOwever, I believe in forgiveness always and for all, so hopefully Joe will smarten up now, lose Leonard, and do what is in the best interest of Michael and his wonderful kids.

Corrina Bartuqazzi   July 22nd, 2009 1:16 am ET

Saw someone else's comment about Oprah and I wondered as well if she had said something or at least released at statement??? Does anyone know????? Why wouldn't she????????

CJ   July 22nd, 2009 1:19 am ET

Larry king is terrible..the media is always tryna focus on BS instead of the REAl issue here..Larry keeps asking the same question about joe jackson abusing michael when thats clearly NOT the issue going on here..the question is Who killed Michael?! Wheres the doctor who gave him the drugs!?! why isnt he locked up right now? larry is so disrespectful to Joe, especially at this time. If it wasnt for Joe, we wouldnt have even known who michael was! nobody knows what really happened but Joe, michael and God..and only God can judge, NOT YOU!

GiGi Artega   July 22nd, 2009 1:40 am ET

I dont' believe that the only effective form of discipline is to beat a child, and I don't believe that if we don't beat children they will end up behind bars. However, I don't believe that Joe didn't love his children, but I do beleive that the beatings for Michael and the others to perform did have a negative effect on them as each one of them said, as they had no reason to lia about their father, especially since Michael said that he did love his father. Joe was wrong for what he did, but we don't have to play judge and jury now, but I do refuse to discredit Michael's and his other siblings feelings. I think they were intelligent enough to articulate it, and they should have the freedom and the right to say and mean what they said about Joe, even if others may have been beaten and were fine with it. We don't even know what their beatings entailed so how can we compare the discipline we may have received to theirs or justify the father's actions.

I think Joe just needs to clean-up his act now, and I agree that we need to find out what is going on with the doctors as they are the real criminals here.

Ernesto   July 22nd, 2009 1:44 am ET

I don't think anyone is trying to ruin Joe's reputation, I believe that he is a big boy and is doing that all by himself by doing these silly interviews, and promoting his next venture immediately after his son's death. That just made me sick and sad at the same time, and he continues down this path which is really making me feel like he doesn't care about much more than himself, and I say that not to judge his private actions but to just speak about his public actions.

Where is Dr. Murray and will he be charged is my question???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

simba   July 22nd, 2009 2:05 am ET

Miko Brando, Lou Ferrigno, and MJ's musical director all state that Michael was in good shape and good spirits, excited about going back to work. And the tech rehearsal footage (it was not a dress rehearsal; MJ wasn't dancing full out, but just enough for the stage manager to set the light cues) seems to bear this out.

But others are going to great lengths to convince us that MJ was a "living corpse", gulping down thousands of pills per month, unable to function without vast quantities of drugs. Jamie Lee Curtis (?!) writes a blogpost about MJ's inability to deal with his addictive personality, and ignoring the fact that she's no physician, and doesn't know what the hell she's talking about. Doctors flout Federal HIPAA regs and reveal the most intimate details of MJ's medical conditions, on international television. And how does one person take $100,000 worth of prescription drugs? Instead of billing him, the pharmacist should have alerted the DEA.

Who stands to benefit most if MJ is portrayed as an out-of-control addict, instead of a patient with a severe pain-management problem? Gee, I'd say it's whoever took out a life insurance policy that pays only if the insured dies of a drug overdose. Fill in the blank.

Nobody can get a prescription for Diprivan, and it can't be self-administered. It was found in MJ's house. Yet we're supposed to believe that there were no medical personnel at fault – just the out-of-control addict.

It's like Joe said, everybody stole from MJ. Even now – don't buy anything from AEG with MJ's likeness. They weren't giving him a cut of the souvenir money, even though it's standard in the industry for the STAR to share in the profits.

Destroying MJ is a profitable industry. Uri Geller got his $200,000 for urging MJ to trust Martin Bashir. Bashir was just a middling UK television presenter, but by portraying MIchael as a child molester, he got himself made the host of NIghtline! (You can't tell me there weren't dozens of American broadcasters way more qualified who wanted that gig.) I truly believe that, if it were not for Bashir's hatchet job, Michael would be alive today.

The mainstream media has decided that Joe Jackson is the villain of this piece. So much easier to blame his actions of decades ago for MJ's death, instead of following the money to see who's getting rich off him today. (If Michael hated Joe so much, why did he often refer to him as a genius? Why did he live with Katherine and Joe long after he was a multi-multi millionaire, able to afford any living arrangement he desired?)

So don't blame old Larry – he's just doing his part. They just couldn't stand to see Michael living in a paradise like Neverland, owning the Beatles' catalog. This is Latoya's broken clock moment – for once, she's right. There were a lot of folks in on this take down.

Wema   July 22nd, 2009 3:59 am ET

I don't know how America define child abuse either physical, emotional or verbal. American children cannot be beaten by parents because once you do it the children can sue you. I don't know also to Michael how he finds that what his father done to him and to the rest of his siblings were in any way and any how was a form of child abuse. I don't know but as far as I know American children cannot be shouted, scolded or maybe even beaten! Why blame Joe Jackson? He done a great job and that is bringing Michael Jackson to the world!.............

Wema   July 22nd, 2009 4:17 am ET

Let's say if I get my belt and hit it on my child butt 5x – is this considered a child abuse?...My child is playing his DS for 5 hours and he is already neglecting his homeworks. Likewise, if Michael Jackson always tried to escape from his studio practice and just want to play the whole time. Joe as a father has a right to spank them in a way that they can learn his lesson. I don't think as a child MIchael never experienced playing. He had 8 siblings to play with. He had his cousins. And also while practicing he can play too. They used to be poor children and singing was the only resources their family can do to survive. Every poor kids had experienced a sort of child labor. I myself already knew the hard realities of life at the young age of 8. I used to help my parents by helping them in our store and in our business. There was nothing wrong with that. I can work, play and study all the at the same time. And I used these experiences to become a better person now. Michael Jackson never complained of what he had as child. He was even thankful with his father strict style of disciplining them. Michael did have a choice during those time because they were poor.

Norma Jean Thompson   July 22nd, 2009 4:40 am ET

July 21, 2009

I am sending this to you because I know you are fair and honest. I first started sending President Obama emails in April, referencing how fast he was moving and he needed to slow down, give more thought to his bills, and stop the printing of the money-presses. I forwarded copies of the below letter to the House of Representative, Senators, all Fox13News Anchors, CNN and several other officials. Sometimes I will hear Fox13 News bring up issues I surfaced; the cost of President Obama’s Czars Staff expense, once Hannity said perhaps we need a new president, over and over they mention how fast President Obama is trying to pass as many bills as possible. Perhaps, his initial thought was that he would show everyone how efficient he could be, but it is now kicking him in the rear. I have sent the below letter to my email colleagues and asked them to forward their comments to all their friends and most importantly, to their representatives. The internet is a powerful tool.

The reason I am sending you this is, I have always been a Democrat, but did not vote for President Obama. He is too liberal, too radical, too inexperience; nonetheless, he was elected. I often wonder if ACORN determined his election since they were going all over the place picking up people, taking them to the polls and I am sure the Union folks were very much involved in getting Obama elected. I plan to do everything I can, legally and respectfully, to try to get President Obama fired for mismanaging our money and when you read the below letter, he cannot possibly go another 3 ½ years in office. This has nothing to do with Parties, but this man does not act like he loves OUR Country and is trying hard to take us towards Socialism.

Many Democrats want job security and are easily intimidated by President Obama. With as many Americans upset over his spending; the way President Obama constantly tries to apology for America, saying we are arrogant and not one nation under God; his choice on the selection of not very reputable people…all this is very disturbing to millions of us. He truly embarrasses many when he goes abroad and yes, he does speak very eloquently, but one can sense, he is not proud of his country. I believe Mrs. Obama said this was the first time she felt proud to be an American. Can you imagine her having the gall to say this? Also, it does not take a rocket scientist to know when the National Anthem is played, one should show respect by placing their hand over their heart. President Obama did not do this at the very first; too much influence from Reverend Wright.

Respectfully and Sincerely,
Norma Jean Thompson

Dear Mr. President and To All Those This May Concern:

It's the Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier, not the politicians,
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose casket is draped by the flag.

Mr. Obama, you are moving too fast again…you are trying to get your bills passed too quickly, with little thought to a solid and well-thought-out plan with positive end results. I heard your recent speech on your health plan and noticed you threw a carrot at the doctors by mentioning there may be less law suits. Don’t even go there, people die or are forced to live with horrid disabilities due to “mistakes”. The Government is not a jury; it is a jury that decide if it is the doctor’s fault or not and what compensation is fair according to each individual case.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and again, you are trying to pass your half-baked plans, i.e., like the Tarp Plan, the Stimulus Plan and many others without letting us know prior to having them signed and passed. Saying you are helping the auto business, when in fact we now own a large percentage of GM; trying to come up with another “expert” to monitor what executives should earn and what their bonuses should be, now what business is it of the government? Now, government wants to get into our health care. What else??? Your plans appear to have more and more government intervention; why are you doing this?

During your campaign, you said that during your reign, “We the People” would know what was going on in your administration, indicating there would be transparency on what our Government was doing with our money. But, more and more; this is not the case. As a Senator running for President, you made so many promises and this is why you conned the people into voting for you. But as President, it is evident almost on a daily basis that you lied when running for the most important office in Our Country. I am a Democrat, but did not vote for you. You were too much a tele-prompter reader and while you are an eloquent speaker; there were so many things and radical individuals supporting you, I knew then, something other than what you were promising was going to happen if you were elected. You have proven this to be true in so many of the things you are doing as our leader.

I love Our Country, the United States of America. It saddens me to see it suffering, to ask China for money, perhaps too soon, did get our printing presses running, but did we really need the trillions we borrowed? Reference your Stimulus Package Plan, I do not see things changing, just a lot of numbers and talk, talk, talk. Again, trillions borrowed with little thought or definite plans on how the money would be used. This makes us, our children, their children, and who really knows how many generations will be stuck with this debt. If we do not have money in the bank, we should not be writing checks, has always been my philosophy. But, what do you do, borrow it and have no clue where the money is going, but you did say Joe will make sure it is spent well. Will not even go into the closing of Guantanamo, again no plans; just close it and then what?

Those presses must stop! We are in a bigger mess than we have ever been in and people are tired of you constantly saying, “We inherited all these problems” from the pass administration. This is in your ball park now and you cannot keep blaming former President Bush for your short-comings. It is you that is borrowing money and our unemployment keeps going up and up, yet there are studies’ being made on how much time it takes a turtle to cross the road? There are prisoners making signs, when we have so many people on unemployment. Prisoners do not have to worry about where their next meal is coming from nor will they have a place to sleep, do they? THIS IS GETTING OLD FAST AND YOU HAVE ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE LESS THAN 6 MONTHS? My opinion and that of millions of other Americans who love their country feel it is you, not former President Bush, who is taking us down the toilet.

Why do you and your administration HAVE TO rush through the hundreds of pages that both parties did not have a chance to decipher, understand, give their input, have some discussion and then decide if they wanted to sign your bill? These bills are being rushed through during the wee hours of the night with your Czars as witnesses…WHY? You did say there would be more government jobs, didn’t you? Well, for every Czar you hire to advise you because of your lack of experience, they each need a staff and office equipment, so who is monitoring how much of our money is being paid to all these new-hires? Who is overdressing their expenses? When will your outlandish spending stop or at least slow down so we can see some positive results?

I try to stay up with all your speeches, so I can hear them myself and then make my own decision, but I missed one. I read you gave a stirring speech concerning the history of Muslims and our relationship with them, pleading with them not to commit violence against Christians and Americans, that we must understand and embrace our differences. You supposedly made it clear that we are not a polarizing nation that just tries to force policies, beliefs and freedom on others, but a nation of care and compassion; certainly, not a “self-interested empire” of crazy right-wing, gun-loving veterans. Why do you feel you need to speak for us? All people do not use guns for crime, it is not the gun that commits the crime, it is the individual. We, the people, have the right to own a gun to defend ourselves against those that are crazy, like James Von Brunn who entered the museum in D.C. and shot Stephen T. Jones. Brunn is the crazy one, now is he a right-wing gun-loving veteran? That was such an obvious comment that you are so far left and is was not your first negative comment you have made against the right to bear arms.

I was so embarrassed to hear the words that came out from America’s Top Leader’s mouth during the G20 Summit; when you kept apologizing for the way we acted and how other countries perceived us. We, “The People of America” are not arrogant and you do not need to apologize for me or others. True-Americans do not appreciate someone talking down our great and most wonderful country, apologizing for America, while American soldiers have always and will always continue to defend the oppressed countries and to date, we, America, have been praised by the oppressed. Our soldiers continue to lose their lives so that others can have their freedom, not just in America, but throughout the world. For you, our President, to apologize for us instead of praising America’s efforts to insure humans are treated like humans and not animals was not well-received. Also, for you bow to another country’s leader, was inexcusable. We were embarrassed to say the least. Now, what was up with that?

My intent is not to be disrespectful, but since you work for “We the People”, me for one, then like you fired the CEO at GM for mismanaging the company, then can we, your employers, fire you for the incredible and out-of-line over-spending you and your administration have burden our country with? This is not good management, is it? Call it being “fired”, call it impeachment, call it charges for improper management of our Country, call it what you may, but can we do this as your employers? I, like many, cannot fathom 3 ½ more years of this type leadership, can you?

You are forcing state governors to take Stimulus money, when you tell you they do not want or need it. What is happening to Democracy as we know it? Governors should be able to govern their own states; after all, their people elected them and they know their needs. You are the epitome of a micro-manager. Even our own Our Vice President admitted your administration really does not know where every dime of your Stimulus Plan is going…same goes for the Tarp money. Are you re-spending the Tarp money banks are paying back? Should you not pay back China this money?

Now, you want to pass this Health Plan and want it done yesterday. WHY THE RUSH? Should all parties not read it, understand it; make comments and suggestions before just arbitrarily signing something SIMPLY BECAISE, “THE PRESIDENT” wants it signed quickly? You have surrounded yourself with people you feel are experts and they should not have the final word. America has and will always be, “We the People”. Because the Democrats have the majority; does not mean they should all back your bills.

I have always, like millions of other Americans, had great respect and admiration for the Kennedy name. The name carries personal integrity, strong moral character and adherence to ethical principles; therefore, I was dumfounded and shocked when Senator Edward Kennedy supported you for President. Perhaps his decision was based on your blessing of being eloquent, articulate, and a powerful speaker; but in essence, without your tele-prompter, you are just an ordinary speaker. Senator Kennedy, President Obama is not in the same league as your brothers, and I am disappointed in your selection.

Remember who said this? “ is not God Bless America, but God d… America” How can you tell us that listening to Reverend Wright’s sermons against America did not influence you? You kept going back. How could you have sat there and listened to this gentleman yelling obscenities against Our Country? Was it 20 years you attended this congregation? So, you were not captivated with his teachings? When I listened to him talk, I got chills up my back, so much hate. If he hates America so much, I am sure he would be welcomed in Iran, I would be willing to buy him a one-way ticket to a country of his choice. Same goes for any other American that hates Our Country; if you hate it so much, go live somewhere else.

I felt compel to voice my opinion. Since you were elected as our President, and my intent is not be disrespectful, there has been nothing but talk, talk, talk of the incredible and unbelievable things you are doing. So many books are being written about you…again, talk, talk, and more talk. There is more and more unemployment and what will happen when unemployment money runs out and people still do not have jobs. Your promise of not taxing those who earned less than $250,000 was just another lie. That time is here and taxes are going up for everyone in one way or another. What about Medicare, are you going to dip into it just the way our Social Security funds are depleted because so many before you went in and out of it whenever they chose to. Yes, we will all have to pay taxes, but you know, I think this is only fair; everyone should pay their fair share. EVERYONE. Why take it out on the rich. I am sure they or their ancestors worked hard to earn their money, so why should they pay for the lazy but healthy that are on Welfare? Our future taxes would not be what they are going to be if you had first come up with solid plans and then work those plans. Again, lack of experience.

There is a lot of talk about you and the ACLU, why should they and Congress not pay taxes? Also, did I read it correctly that you are allowing gays that work for Civil Service to have husband/wife benefits, but NOT all gays? How can you give yourself the authority to do this? I have to have read it wrong, because then what happened to equality for all? You have started to say, because I am the President a lot; so you think this gives you the right to take our country down the toilet. I say no.

You are living like of a king, so I assume Mrs. Obama is now proud to be an American, correct? There are the millions of “We the People” out of work, are eating beans, some are committing suicide, they feel lost! I, like millions of my fellow-Americans, agree our President, you, is trying to take us towards Socialism. Since you took over, all you want is more and more Government involvement/intervention. We have lived in many countries where government rules and slowly they take more and more control of personal lives. When we finished our assignment in some of those countries or countries we visited, we were so happy to come back to the most blessed country in the world, AMERICA.

If we do not have the money, why commit our souls to China? Why not be honest with us so that we could tighten our belts and come up with ideas that will bring us through the rough times we are experiencing. We are smart, much smarter than Mr. Geithner, who you selected to spend and oversee OUR money. The man is not very good at following the law, is he? He did not pay his back-taxes until after you chose him for his position. Anyone else would have been imposed a penalty or gone to jail. He never makes eye-contact during speeches; this makes me nervous.

These so-called Czars you are hiring, and who by the way, supported your campaign with large monetary contributions, are costing us, the tax payers, more money by having to pay their wages. It is because of your lack of experience that you are surrounding yourself with these so-called specialists, that you feel will cover your inexperience? I hear it every day, how unhappy we the people are; why do you not hear our cries? You are too busy being a movie star. I have never seen a President make so many commercials. Do you not have a country to run?

You and your administration cannot keep blaming former President Bush for everything. You are on your own now, it is not Mr. Bush that turned on the money printing presses and is spending our money on little-thought-of plans. Take the Stimulus Plan that was comprised of hundreds of pages and yet you did not give neither the Senate nor the House sufficient time to read it, understand it, and most important, discuss it before you signed it. If Mr. Giethner had any input, what else can I say? It is embarrassing to ask China to lend us money; money that we may not have necessarily needed. Some will question if failing to pay taxes in the past should disqualify Mr. Giethner from his position. Some critics may say it is like the fox guarding the hen house.
These issues are not really valid as to the qualifications of the man for the job; they do however score political points for those who oppose you. The real question here should be is our tax code so complex that even someone as smart as Timothy Geithner could not understand and therefore failed to pay his taxes? This is a man that went to Dartmouth College and then later went to Johns Hopkins University. He has worked for the US Treasury Department, the International Monetary Fund, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and has been the Vice Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. Bottom-line is this man made a huge mistake by not paying his taxes and yet was rewarded by being handed such a powerful position. Something wrong here….again.
You are moving too fast, there are many telling you this, but you choose not to listen; after all, you are the President. Mr. President, want to do EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW, with no thought to the expense we incur. Talk, talk, talk is all I hear about how unhappy Americans are and I feel their hopelessness in thinking they are not able to change things. This is sad, very, very sad.

The government is and will always be "We the People"; this is what our Constitution states. I do not want to share my income with someone that is not willing to work; again this is Welfare. I lived in a poor neighborhood where Welfare was prominent and two generations later during a visit to my old neighborhood, the children of the children that were on Welfare then, are still on Welfare now; does this not tell you something? I, too, am a minority, but we never asked for Welfare. My parents told us it would take a lot of hard work and it would be difficult, but we could and would make it out of the neighborhood we lived in, if we were willing to work hard for it. My parents are gone now, but I know in my heart, they would be proud of our accomplishments. I am not impressed when others say; it took a lot of work to get where I am. Millions of us have traveled the same road, but it is not necessary to keep saying it over and over again.

Welfare should be allowed for the elderly, the disabled; it was not intended to support the healthy that are taking advantage of the System. Welfare needs serious realignment; there are too many on this Program who are perfectly healthy, but would rather pick up their monthly check and let others pay for their life. Get those lazy butts out and make them work. I remember, as a child, going to the grocery store and seeing what people using food stamps were buying; they ate better than us. I, as a child, thought boloney was like steak. The rich should not pay for the so-call poor. If people are healthy, they should work; perhaps take some of the jobs that those sneaking into our country illegally are taking. Make those healthy Americans who are on Welfare get out and work. We had to, why not them and we never took Welfare money or food stamps? If the rich are rich, I am sure they or their ancestors worked hard to be where they are, would you not agree? Not all of them just inherited their wealth; many have had to work very hard to get to where they are. A good example is Oprah, whom millions admire.

You are changing America as we know it. “We the People’ need to stand together while we still have the right to do so. We need to find out from the representatives that are suppose to be looking out for their state, what can we do to impeach you for not doing YOUR job; after all, you work for us, right? Very simple, you should be fired. Your mindset in moving forward at such a fast pace is evident in your failures and your failures affect us. You, Sir, do not speak for me when you tell the world we are not a Christian Nation…how or rather why should we be allowed to let you bring us down. There are millions of Americans and only one of you. Surely, there is a legal way to have some control over our leader? America has always and will always be a Christian Nation; ONE NATION UNDER GOD. Reverend Wright is alive in your heart, Mr. President. He hates America and damned it, remember? He may be lying low now, but is very much alive in you.

I did send you, Mr. President, an email on how embarrassed millions of Americans must have been, during your meeting with the President from Brazil. I expressed my embarrassment from your unprofessional comment that some Republicans would like to see you get lost in the Amazon; this was very immature. We should not let the World think we are a divided country; the words that come out of your teleprompter are not my words or that of others. Sometimes your comments are immature, unprofessional, uncalled for, and surely do not speak for all the people of the United States of America. Your teleprompter needs to be screened by members of both parties, before you can say you are speaking for America.

In my email, I said I did not vote for you, and if Hillary or McCain had won, we would not be in this mess. Hillary has more experience, is more mature, but, unfortunately I guess Our Country is not yet ready for a woman president.....almost, but not quite. She put up a good fight. In fact, the race was close. As far as Mr. McCain, people were so unfair to him; the media kept bringing up his age. Sad, sad, sad. Perhaps we should poll what people think of our President’s unprofessional comments that clearly indicate there is a grave division within the parties. Your comments, AGAIN, are not in line with what "We the People" believe.

I SAY IT IS TIME FOR "WE THE PEOPLE" TO WRITE TO OUR REPRESENTATIVES RECOMMENDING IT IS TIME TO THINK ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT OF OUR PRESIDENT. We are doomed if we do nothing. Mr. President, you are more a follower, this is evident in the way you surround yourself with so many specialists, called Czars or the “Mob”. I lost count on the many times I said to myself during the campaign; he needs more experience and six months later, you and only you, unless Mrs. Obama gives you her input, are failing us due to lack of experience.

How many of our representatives are truly looking out for “We the People”, instead of their job security. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST WE DO? IT APPEARS NO ONE IS LISTENING TO US AND EVERYTHING OUR LEADER IS PLANNING TO DO TO "OUR COUNTRY" looks like we are on a path to destroy America, as we know it. Surely, "We the People", if this still applies, can do something other than just listen to others talk, talk, what is the answer? Surely, we will not let this President run his course of being our leader for the next 3 ½ years?

I was interested in the Hannity Special on the 100 items identified to be funded by the Stimulus money. PEOPLE, it is our fault; we need to stand up for our rights. IT IS TIME FOR "WE THE PEOPLE" TO WRITE TO OUR REPRESENTATIVES RECOMMENDING IMPEACHMENT. You Democrats are in control, and should be ashamed of yourselves for condoning what is happening. We are doomed if we do nothing... heading straight toward Socialism. President Obama gets so many of his foolish ideas from Europe and other countries. Why should we be like them? My husband and I have lived in many countries and America is still the best. For those that constantly slander our country, they need to go live in some other countries and soon would find how fortunate they are to be an American.

Our careers took us abroad for 27 years and whatever name they wish to call their health plan, we have experienced it, and it is horrible. All you do is wait, wait, wait, hoping to see a doctor. Doctors get exhausted and patients wait and wait and wait to get care. President Obama you are so far left, are trying to do too much, too soon, without any thought to the end results. STOP THE SIGNING OF NATIONAL HEALTH PLAN FOR ALL.

HONORABLE REPRESENTATIVES, HOW DO WE DO THIS????? Why not just say "NO MORE!” We need more time before moving forward with this. There needs to more thought put into this and President Obama needs to listen to the people, not the suck-ups that are not doing a good job at representing us. This has nothing to do with being a Republican or Democrat, it is just not right that we have no say so in the decisions being made for us. We are not children.

I am being as honest as I can and hope President Obama does not send out the militia to shut me up. I always speak the truth, so I will continue to voice my opinions and help those that are not strong enough to try to do something about this incredible mistake made by electing this very eloquent teleprompt reader. I totally agree with Fox 13 News broadcasting...”WE REPORT, YOU DECIDE”. Why can the 100 items that are not necessary and that Hannity announced not be taken out of the Stimulus Budget and let’s give that money back to China? Why are you forcing states to take the Stimulus money if they do not want or need it? Give it back to China. Let’s cut our indebtedness to them…believe me; we are going to be really sorry on our Government’s decision to have asked for that loan. What are the loan stipulations? What is penalty if we pay the debt back sooner? Does any regular American know? Where is the loan agreement published?

President Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change...However, then we did not know it would be radical change. I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now. You campaigned on bringing people together, something you have never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, President Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming and when it comes, you will never see the same nation, America, as we have always known it. Is this what we want?

This is only the beginning; please use the power of the Internet to get this message out. Talk it up at the grassroots level. Tacky Pelosi called it turf level. She is in trouble now for her insults on the CIA and FBI, so what does Obama do, sends her somewhere to take attention away from her unprofessional and criminal comments. Her wanting to make the interrogation pictures public cannot be condoned; President Obama can put a halt to this by simply signing a bill to make the photos classified, but does or did he? SAVE OUR SOLDIERS WHO ARE OUT THERE DYING FOR OUR FREEDOM, why should Pelosi get her way? This is un-American. Her wrongdoings will be shoved under the table, nothing will be done against her, and she will proceed with her “happy life”. Another injustice.

I believe there is bad in anyone; this is a choice one makes. I do not hate Muslims, Catholics, Baptists; I do not hate other countries, just deeply disagree with the countries that suppress their own people. People should treat others the way they wish to be treated; is this not in the Bible, Koran, or whatever each country believes. Why all this killing? President’s Obama statement, “We will extend our hand, if you unclench your fist” sounds good, but do we expect this will ever happen? There is so much hate in the world; we better make sure we have our lives and affairs in order, because whatever you choose to call your God, THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD. He will get tired of us making all the wrong choices and being intent on killing one another.

Then guess what? We will all just disappear, that simple. America is the only country that comes close to wanting peace, think about it. We send our sons, fathers, nephews, nieces, wife, mothers to fight for someone else’s freedom, yet people like Reverend Wright damns us? Why does he hate America, yet chooses to live here? When you, President Obama, went to listen to Wright’s sermons for so many years, were your ears closed when he preached? I just wonder.

We should have the ability to address and reverse the dangerous course/direction the Obama administration has begun. We can make our voices heard! If some of our representatives are not listening to their people because of job security, I have news for them, they will not be re-elected. What can we do as citizens to keep America the great country it has always been? Someone out there has to hear my words and show us the way. This is why we have the House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats…sounds like a lot of people, but we are suppose to be one nation, so why are we falling apart?

Is it true that dozens of Air Force personnel, embassy personnel, security staff, and other staff had to stay over for the extra shopping/sight-seeing day in Paris at the cost and expenditure of tax payer dollars? Meanwhile, millions of Americans have lost their jobs and are going through such rough times. Despite our circumstances they still expect us to fork over tax dollars to pay for Mrs. Obama’s extra day stay in Paris? Does anyone know who picked up the tab on these expenses? Was it President Obama, the First Lady, or us?

One last item, Minorities—

We need to show more sympathy for these people.
* They travel miles in the heat.
* They risk their lives crossing a border.
* They don't get paid enough wages.
* They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
* They live in crowded conditions among a people who speak a different language.
* They rarely see their families, and they face adversity all day ~ every day.

No, I'm not talking about illegal immigrants ~ I'm talking about our soldiers! Doesn't it seem strange that many Democrats and Republicans are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but hesitate to support our troops, and are even threatening to defund them? We cannot allow cutting any defense program. We need to always be prepared not only militarily, but with whatever modern technology is necessary to defend Our Country.
Remember 911? Terrorists tried to destroy us before 911; but succeeded in accomplishing the loss of massive lives on 911. We must always remember the 911 victims, they will never be forgotten. But I know there are terrorists living among us now, just as the ones that took part in 911. They are here now and with the many countries that hate us so much, they will try again and again. Talk to your representatives and stand-fast in insisting we have the military strength we need as well as the defense programs in place. This is not where we need to cut the budget. I live my days fully, love life, love people (all people), and pray daily for God to watch over our troops and Our Country. I am not trying to invoke fear, just saying that we should have a “say-so” when it comes to someone messing with protecting our borders.
President Obama, listen to your people and that is all of us. The legal folks can look into the legalities of firing you for your failure to better manage Our Country. Just one very last item, why just let ABC report and even worse, only report what you approve. Is this legal? Again, I do not know, just tired of all the talk and the world losing respect for America for reasons that are known by all. How can you support Iran and call this latest uproar by students that are tired of their leader, that they are just expressing their opinions. To the world, it seemed they were not just expressing their opinions, they were being suppressed, killed, and were anxiously awaiting a positive comment from us that preach Democracy. Other countries responded strongly, yet you did not, until our Secretary of State advised you of changing your tone to reflect strength. Another, “too late” for this one. Sad, would you not agree?

You keep saying, “We elected you…”, but that was based on the lies and false promises you made. The mistake here was, people believed you. Sad, but it may not be too late to replace you with one that we can really say from the bottom of our hearts, this is our LEADER and “We the People” support him/her to represent OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Respectfully and Sincerely
Norma Jean Thompson

Amanda van der Pol   July 22nd, 2009 5:36 am ET

With regard to Larry's interview with Liz Cheney, she is most incorrect in her statement that Canadian's were not able to choose their own doctor. We in Canada have a national Health service that is free to all citizens and we are certainly free to choose our own general practitioner!

jenny   July 22nd, 2009 5:44 am ET

What can Isay? Joe Jackson did not look very honest to me when he spoke. He was not speaking from the heart.The other guy was talking more about Micheal than him!!
I think he did harm MJ, but not in an abusive waym but an emotional way. If he was reallyt cared about MJ, why didn't he know about his son's drug problem? Why is everything being discussed now, when it is too late, as MJ has passed away?

bim   July 22nd, 2009 5:50 am ET

joe jackson is a genius. he was behind micheal's success, people should respect him for that.

badrooster   July 22nd, 2009 6:03 am ET

who cares about michael jackson no-one cared about him 4 weeks ago now nobody cant stop talking about him doesnt our country have more problems than worring about good ole mj?stfu about him hes gone,lets worry about the people who our suffering now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 6:08 am ET

i've lost all respect 4 LARRY & his style of journalism, he is sooooo biased & i hated the wa he was tryin to put words into Joe Jackson, it SUCKS really & soooo unprofessional. i believe Joe, he did what he did out of love, he wantend the best for MJ & MJ became that... the best, i also know who the real bad guys are.

Oluwatoyin Mustapha   July 22nd, 2009 7:50 am ET

I just want to appeal to Jackson's family, that they should please buried the guy. When he was alive he face a lot of trouble but now, he's gone, they should let him rest in peace with the Lord. I Love Micheal and l still love him.

jenny   July 22nd, 2009 8:20 am ET

Let him rest in peace, how can he when everybody is going and on about him, I him and will always, why are they always raising issues, especially on the Larry King show, it is getting out of hand, all his MJ coverage. I also believe Joe was a good parent, there is no perfect parent, and we know he was not.

Ernesto   July 22nd, 2009 9:01 am ET

someone mention that Jamie Lee Curtis was blogging about Michael's problems. i am wondering since when she is an expert on addicitive personalities/addications or better yet how closely she actually new MJ. She should keep quiet because I am sure she doesn't know what she is speaking about, and no one asked her for her two cents anyway. Can't she let him rest.

I don't condone Joe's behaviour now or before and if Michael or his siblings felt abused then I will not take that away from them. I can not measure what beatings they got or how that made them feel to be beaten and then have to go on stage. I do agree that these days you can not even speak to a child loudly without people looking at you, and that many people need to discipline their unruly children, but I don't necessarily agree that beating is the only way, and I will not put words into someone else's mouth or take away the pain that someone may have said they felt that beating caused them. I am not hear to judge and scrutinize his feelings, but I also don't necessarily don't know that Michael actuall used the word abuse, but I do think he felt emotionially scarred by this from what he and his sibiling said each about their own beatings, and I also think that they were inteligent indivduals who were able to ariticulate what they meant and therefore it is not my right to justify or minimize what Joe may have done to them.

Anyway Joe is not on trial here. Hopefully he will stop giving interviews unless he actually cares to talk about Michael, and he will get a better business partner then that character leonard.

The real question is when are they going to charge the doctors?

Vallary   July 22nd, 2009 9:03 am ET

All Joe Jackson sees is the money train. That is all he seen in that family and they have made him money. and he has lived very well off of it. Now it is time to leave Micheal alone. I have never in my life seen so much coverage, There will be a final Judge for Joe Jackson and let him deal with him. Take care of the kids protect their future like Micheal wanted and leave it alone.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 9:19 am ET

Martin Bashir and the rest of the media destroyed Michael Jackson. Michael was a sensitive, caring, gentle soul. What gets to me is how since his death, Nancy Grace, Jane Velez Mitchell and Diane Dimond are so concerned. Please! It's a little late. These people are really sick; they can't leave him alon even in death. Of course, they want to know where is body is–they're vultures. Obviously, they didn't get enough of him when he was alive . I laugh when I hear Nancy Grace refer to vultures circling MJ's body looking to make money. What did she and her counterparts do, the same thing, except hey did it for ratings.

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 9:24 am ET

LARRY i cnt believe u & your so called "industry insiders", what does that Friedman of yours & the other one knw abt the Jacksons?, who are they to bad mouth Joe? i cnt believe CNN is giving u time and resources to desplay yo FOOLISNESS, shame on you LARRY, give Michael Jackson & his family the respect they deserve. why do u take sides? who is behind your shocking behaviour Larry? its for us viewers to make our own opinion, u owe Joe an apology Larry. my prayers are with Joe Jackson & his entire clan.

Terry, TX   July 22nd, 2009 9:25 am ET

New Flash Mr. Jackson and Mr. King....Michael Jackson was a junkie, practically bald, 112 lbs with over 200 needle marks when he and friends knew all about it....he bleached his skin to look white, he cosmetically engineered his face to lose black features and had children using white sperm and white embryos....what a freak! I am sick of the subject....celebrities suck. By the way....again he is dead.

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 9:27 am ET

Terry, TX

You know whre you can go right?

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 9:29 am ET

Linda from New York

They get on my nerve. Especially Nancy. Now she is worried about vultures going after MJ's money. Oh please. They all need to shut up.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 9:35 am ET

You know Terry, TX
No one is interested in your negative comments about Michael Jackson, Did you read any of the other entries before you started to type or what. You didn't realize this was blog where people are discussing their love for Michael Jackson. You need to just stop with badmouthing Michael Jackson. He was a smart, unselfish, kind, gentle person. Michael's fans know what he was all about and we certainly don't need people like you who obviously know nothing about him coming on here and making stupid and ignorant comments.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 9:36 am ET

I don't see a place to put my comment for last night's show, so here it is. I think it was very distasteful. First of all,I respect Mr. Morets legal and reporting skills, he has shown no respect for MJ or his family. I was a bit peeved when he hosted the show with Miko and badgered Miko with questions about MJs death. How rude. Secondly, I don't know much about Mr. Friedman, but what I do know I don't like. Personally, I think that the media does not want anything good to come out of the death of MJ, they just bring up all the bad stuff. Mr. Moret even has been reporting on the Pepsi Commercial to bring up the oxygen chamber thing, something that I feel really taunted MJ. Back to Mr. Friedman, I think that Mr. Jackson and Mr. Rowe had their right to speak and I believe that most of what they said was plausible. I don't believe MJ was dirty, but what Mr. Friedman claimed MJ did was dirty– sending a letter stating he did not want any contact with MR. Rowe, that was dirty. Furhermore, I saw that letter on Radar Online, to me it looks forged. Mr. Friedman was pretty rude to dig up dirt on Mr. Rowe, he is doing what the media has been doing to MJ all those years. Mr. Rowe is just trying to state his case. Also, Mr. Friedman had no right whatsoever to discuss specific details of MJs abuse from his father. That is very cold. Now that is hate not just to MJ but to his family and devoted fans. My question for Mr. Friedman, why would MJ write such a hateful note to someone. I consider telling someone that you do not represent me my personal and professional affairs and if you need to contact me contact my manager to be pretty hateful. I don't believe MJ was that hateful. He was all about love. I think that AEG wrote that note and had MJ sign it without his whole knowledge. I would like an investigation into that.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 9:40 am ET

Terry, thanks for sharing your opinion. We get your point. Now please leave. 🙂

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 9:44 am ET

Linda from New York, I am so sick and tired of these so called reporters who now all of a sudden report on MJ. The one I haven't heard from is Maureen Orth. I guess she is working on some tell all story for Vanity Fair. They need to get a life. They destroyed MJs life, now they are destroying their families lives, too. It's pretty cold to wonder where someone is buried. When or if the Jackson's want us to know, they will tell us. Isn't Ken Sunshine still for working for them. Show some respect to the family and the devoted fans!!

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 9:47 am ET

Adrienne July 22nd, 2009 9:36 am
i agree..... DISTATEFUL is the right word to describe last night's show.

Belgium   July 22nd, 2009 9:52 am ET

Michael always used the abuse for his use of "prescription" drugs. I know, he had many other reasons. That Leonard Rowe caracter, come on what a fool!

Hey before everybody starts attacking me, sure Michael was a great entertainer, song and dance man, he called himself "King of Pop".

What I regret is that in the end what he did with his life what "dumb".
When a person has 3 children one has to take responsibilty and get HELP for ones problems!!!

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 10:01 am ET

Did you guys hear that Sony paid 60 Million for the rights to MJ's rehearsal footage. They are planning to release it into theaters sometime in October. The family is suppose to get 90% of the profits.

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 10:06 am ET

Linda from New York

Yes I heard. They know if they didnt give the family anything it would be an uproar. And people would boycott the film. Michael Jackson's fan would not support these companies if they robbed or killed him. What you think about that?

Luda   July 22nd, 2009 10:07 am ET

Annie Narine: if you get sick on Candian soil you will be taken care of no matter what your financial status!

...and you won't get in debt!

Emily   July 22nd, 2009 10:08 am ET

Hey Larry
On the topic of Joe Jackson method of disciplining his children – have you ever stopped to wonder why there are certain cultures deeply rooted in the African American's experience? Well, in my view, alot has to do with the historical path these people as a whole have trodded; from traditional foods eaten, to family structures, to overall economic status, values, spirituality & faith, entrenched ideals of physical beauty (@ the core of personal inferiority), even community division, colour discrimination, and Larry, this extensive list goes on and on... ALL can be sadly, yet undeniably traced back to the historical experiences of these people; we don't like to face the reality, but indeed it's LEGACIES of a despicable enslaved past. We as "white" America have to start giving public recognition to the fact that slavery, more than any other single event has shaped the cultural mentality of the African-American!

So, traditionally, how African Americans tend to do alot of "whipping the butt" can be traced back to some of our very own ancestors whipping enslaved Africans into submission and discipline – how easily we forget and at worst, fail to make such a CONNECTION! I'm young yet have made this overall legacies-connection, it's high time that folks of your generation Larry, own up publicly to the connections of the ills of the past. So, that connection is possibly among the core reasons why older African Americans like Joe Jackson disciplined in such a way – it was simply what was passed down to him from one generation to the next through the passage of time. Larry, you may still find it hard to fathom, as you may argue that our nation is some six or so generations removed from the actual atrocities of slavery, but IMPORTANTLY we have to acknowledge that these LEGACIES palpably and painfully linger in some form or the other to this very day. Alot of African American households have been adopting other styles of disciplining kids now, BUT, how dare we fail to understand and recognize how we ("white" America, through our ancestral heritage) are every bit responsible for how the African American culture has been morphed. Back to Joe Jackson now. So, although it seems almost incomprehensible, inhumane and cruel, Joe whipping his kids into discipline should be a bit clearer to you now Larry. Was this disciplinary approach ideal? I think NOT. But try to understand the root and legacies that morphed this approach in many of the lives of African Americans. Start making the connections today!

SHERRY DANCHIK   July 22nd, 2009 10:10 am ET


Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 10:10 am ET

Linda from New York July 22nd, 2009 10:01 am
WTF!!! the family shld get at least 99.9% of the profits considering that sony treated MJ badly never really cared bout him IMO

SHERRY DANCHIK   July 22nd, 2009 10:17 am ET


Katherine   July 22nd, 2009 10:21 am ET

Larry doesn't owe Joe an apology. Joe is a piece of ......! He got what looked like a text during the interview and laughed. He most likely does not know where Michael's body is as he would probably sell it to the highest bidder. He is a poor excuse for a human being. Larry did just fine. Joe and his sidekick on the other hand are just jokes

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 10:23 am ET

Sometimes it is still hard for me to believe that Michael is gone. Alot of people say that his fans need to get over it ; they just don't understand how we felt about him. He was like family to us. I along with all of Michael's other fans will always love him and miss him.

Luda   July 22nd, 2009 10:30 am ET

Adrienne: MJ sign it without his whole knowledge

If MJ was as addicted as they say, there's a lot of chance that he was without his whole knowlodge....

There's one thing Mr Rowe said I tink he was right: "we're in good health, do we have a doctor at home???" If Michael needed a doctor at home it's because he was not well... So why AEG keep saying he was in good shape?....
But a man who is addicted as much as they say he was could not dance like MJ was dancing on june 23... so much questions....

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 10:36 am ET

Malaika Afrika
I was surpised that the family would get 90%. As greedy as Sony is, I thought for sure they would try to get more.

Mary U from Ohio   July 22nd, 2009 10:39 am ET

Larry and the Media and all you others that are so called friends of Michael's.. STOP THROWING STONE at the JACKSONS.. You say Joe abused Michael. What are you doing?
Lets talk abuse. Larry and everyone else you Mentally and emotionally abused Michael. How.. Kept asking Michael on every interview about .. these were your question... Michael ...Why is your skin white. don't you like being black.. Why did you let kids come to Neverland Ranch? What did you do to you nose, how many plastic surgery have you had. Why you married Lisa Marie. You are a Freak. It makes me sick that Michael kissed Lisa at the awards. You are Wacko-Jacko. did you molest that kid? Why would you pay a huge amount in a Settlement? Should i go on. ..You put Michael against the wall a threw stones, Rocks & Boulders at him. Opera and Geraldo were the only ones that Made Michael Smile and feel comfortable on an interview. With them we got to know Michael. All you others make Michael feel less as a person. you made him not want to do anymore interviews, and put him in hiding from the public. Still today the Man is dead what did you do to JOE Jackson. You asked What about Michael Surgeries. What about the Molesting. Not once did you ever ask Michael what is you Favorite Book? or any thing good. You abused Michael... GOD>>> I hope the Jackson's put you on the Stand and ask you What you did to Michael. Judge not and you will not be Judged. ....Judge and you Shall be Judge.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 10:42 am ET

Martin Bashir is definitely an opportunist and he humiliated Michael for his benefit and from what I've heard Michael's former friend Uri Geller set hit up. He sold out Michael to Martin Bashir for a reported $500,000. I remember watching that interview and cringing. I couldn't believe that Michael had given him so much access into his life. Michael looked liked he didn't know what was going on, I mean as far he was innocently answering all of Bashir's questions and I think he allowed Bashir's people to follow him around for 3 months. Right after that Bashir got an anchor spot on 20/20. I have not watched 20/20 ever since.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 10:43 am ET

Malaika Afrika July 22nd, 2009 6:08 am ET

""""""""i’ve lost all respect 4 LARRY & his style of journalism, he is sooooo biased & i hated the wa he was tryin to put words into Joe Jackson, it SUCKS really & soooo unprofessional. i believe Joe, he did what he did out of love, he wantend the best for MJ & MJ became that… the best, i also know who the real bad guys are.""""""""""


michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 10:46 am ET

Terry, TX
July 22nd, 2009 9:25 am ET

"""""""""New Flash Mr. Jackson and Mr. King….Michael Jackson was a junkie, practically bald, 112 lbs with over 200 needle marks when he died….family and friends knew all about it….he bleached his skin to look white, he cosmetically engineered his face to lose black features and had children using white sperm and white embryos….what a freak! I am sick of the subject….celebrities suck. By the way….again he is dead.""""""""""


michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 10:51 am ET



michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 10:53 am ET

Katherine July 22nd, 2009 10:21 am ET

"""""""Larry doesn’t owe Joe an apology. Joe is a piece of ……! He got what looked like a text during the interview and laughed. He most likely does not know where Michael’s body is as he would probably sell it to the highest bidder. He is a poor excuse for a human being. Larry did just fine. Joe and his sidekick on the other hand are just jokes""""""""


Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 10:53 am ET

Michele canada
Please don't lower yourself to Terry, TX. standards she doesn't deserve any more attention from us, do you guys agree. Lets just ignore her. She's an Idiot.

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 10:56 am ET

Linda from New York

Hey Linda, did you see my comment I posted earlier. What you think about what I said. You think people would boycott if they find proof all parties was involved. We all love Michael but should we continue to support AEG or Sony if they did it?

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 10:57 am ET

I agree. Terry wants attention, and she knows people will respond once she bashes Michael.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 10:58 am ET

Malaika Afrika July 22nd, 2009 9:24 am ET

"""""""LARRY i cnt believe u & your so called “industry insiders”, what does that Friedman of yours & the other one knw abt the Jacksons?, who are they to bad mouth Joe? i cnt believe CNN is giving u time and resources to desplay yo FOOLISNESS, shame on you LARRY, give Michael Jackson & his family the respect they deserve. why do u take sides? who is behind your shocking behaviour Larry? its for us viewers to make our own opinion, u owe Joe an apology Larry. my prayers are with Joe Jackson & his entire clan.""""""""


Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 10:58 am ET

Jacquelyn, Are you saying that they are giving the family 90% to cover their butts??I love MJ and his music. I am still very tearful with his loss, as it is a part of me that went with him. But, I honestly, dont know if I go and see this movie. I still feel that AEG is responsible. I want that question answered about that letter. That baffles me.

Also, to the poster who made the comment about how MJ could leave 3 children. I don't believe he did this to hurt them. I honestly believe that someone else was involved. He loved those children so and those children loved him. As Jermaine recently said, I hope we see the truth soon, not later.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 10:59 am ET


michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:00 am ET


michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:01 am ET

i wish they hurry up with the results and settle this once and for all

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 11:02 am ET


michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:03 am ET


your right Michael would have never done this to hurt his children

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 11:15 am ET


I think they are doing it just for that. Once the proof is officially out there, they will not see any of my money.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 11:16 am ET

I just want to say that I really enjoy writing on this blog. I love the fact that we are here supporting each other. I know that we all feel a little lost. I looked forward to sharing with you guys everyday. Thanks
Jacquelin: If they do prove that AEG was involved–I will be torn–I would love to see Michael on the big screen.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 11:19 am ET

Did you guys hear that NBC wanted to buy the supposed MJ special at the end of August for 10 Million?? There is NO WAY EVER I would watch that. #1 MSNBC bought the Bashir documentary. #2 Maureen Orth( aka Tim Russerts widow) hated MJ and called him a pedofile even on death. Even said that she initially thought his death was a publicity stunt. I will continue to boycott NBC and MSNBC.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:21 am ET


Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 11:22 am ET


I heard it this morning. That is a shame. Why are they not airing the unedited version with Maury Provich? They are still trying to destroy Michael Jackson. But that will never happen.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:23 am ET


Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 11:24 am ET

Jacquelyn, thanks for the MJJCommunity website. Are you planning on watching Oprah on the 30th??

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 11:28 am ET


You Welcome.

Yes I will watch and she better not make Jordan look like a victim. Because you know if she does she would have one of the worlds worst backlashes of all time. Michael's fans will not allow that.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:31 am ET


michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:35 am ET

can someone send me the link about the oprah show on the 30th...i didn't get a chance to read it

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 11:36 am ET

michele canada July 22nd, 2009 10:43 am
i had no idea it was such a struggle being black & successful in america, LARRY showed me last night, m glad m in africa.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:39 am ET

its not just america ...all over the world...race is becoming more unsettling...i don't give a rats ass..if your purple yellow green...color should not be an issue in this world........

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 11:42 am ET

Jacquelin–what MJJ community website?–
wait Oprah is having that Liar on–I agree she better not make him look like a victim. I still haven't forgiven her for not making any comment about MJ's death.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 11:42 am ET

Jacquelyn- do you think it is true?? He would have had to be 17 years old to do that.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 11:44 am ET

Linda from NY– supposedly Jordan Chandler the father of MJ children( Paris and Prince Michael)

I haven't forgiven Oprah either. That was pretty rude.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:47 am ET

Asked whether he was compensated for his services, he said: "I would rather not talk about the dollar amount, but... yes, I was financially rewarded by Michael. Kids look a lot like me, but I am not their father. Michael raised them, not me."

hmmmmmmmmm i would like to see a recent picture of jordan

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 11:47 am ET

Linda from New York July 22nd, 2009 11:42 am
Oprah is having who on her show? i also cnt believe Oprah never said anything bout MJ's death? sad

Ernesto   July 22nd, 2009 11:49 am ET

What's up with Terry bashing MJ, in poor taste yes. Joe was ridiculous on the interview as he was receiving text messages, and the other interviews he did he was busy promoting his new business. Leonard appears to be a character and a half, and Martin Brashir is just a creep. He is completely responsible for Michael's downfall at that time. He is a user and cares about no one but himself. What a creep.

They should film the footage that was done with Maury, the problem is that Maury is not a reputable journalist, if Oprah had done it it would have received the respect that it was due and exposed Martin Brahar for the snake he is. Who interviews a big staf and then airs that interview and on the same night does a live interview with Barbara Walter bashing the person that they interviewed – what a creep that Martin is.

What is this with Oprah doing a show. Has she even said anything? I mean he helped to pave the way for her, and I haven't seen her say anything no statement, not even a one liner. What show is she doing? Her silence is disappointing me.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:52 am ET

Malaika Afrika

oprah is having jordan chandler on her show....and i bet you my last dollar....mark my words ...jordan will never ever ever in front of millions of viewers admit he lied....

1. he can be counter sued
2. it would make his life living hell
3. his father would kill him
4.oprah would give chandler 50 million to lie and say michael did do it....


Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 11:53 am ET

Oprah is having Jordan Chandler on July 30th. They claim is the sperm donor. of MJs kids( Paris and Prince Michael).

Julianna 88   July 22nd, 2009 11:53 am ET

People need to realize that the media is no one's friend everyone is just out for themselves, the biggest and most sensational story that they can get. they are out for their own career, and they don't care who they hurt or destroy.

Where is Oprah, and what's up with Obama as well as I think he could have said more and recognized Michael's contributions to the USA and all of his humanitarian work, instead of distancing himself from an innocent man. Obama did not have to attend the funeral, but recognition for this man who was publically humiliated yet gave so much through his music, money, and kindness would have been nice.

MJ we love you. RIP

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:54 am ET

we all should get in touch with Maury and ask him to air it???????

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 11:55 am ET

I don't like Oprah either. I felt when she initially interviewed MJ she asked questions that were really none of her business. Her blogs are loaded with tons of protests from people who are made bc of no statement about MJ.

Julianna 88   July 22nd, 2009 11:56 am ET

I can't believe Oprah. SHe is just as bad as everyone else. How pathetic is that. She has said nothing about Mike and takes the time to have this loser on her show. I will never watch Oprah again. Very sad day that Oprah would behave like that, but I have to say I am not surprised after all she didn't even take the time to say two words publically on his passing, and yes she needed to say something publically because he opened the door for people to feel comfortable watching her on tv. Pathetic. Shame on you oprah.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 11:57 am ET

oh i din't know about her blog...lmao thats how much i pay attention to her

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 12:00 pm ET

WHAT?????this is unf--------–g believable. I can't believe she would have him on her show talking crap. For ratings sake, I believe the Media will do anything. I use to think Oprah was above that, but if she does this, I will lose all the respect that I have for her.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:00 pm ET


can you direct me to the blog

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 12:03 pm ET

michele canada July 22nd, 2009 11:52
i dnt watch her either, she thinks she rules the world, she shld stay the hell out of MJ's business, what does she knw anyway bout family when she doesn't have family herself? she is evil and jealous of pple who are better than her, i cnt stand her

PoPo Lee   July 22nd, 2009 12:04 pm ET

Larry, I think it was a waste of your time and money to have Michael's father and Marlon Brando's son on your show. Neither of these men was willing to disclose the truth. Joe Jackson just lied lied lied all the way through. I have never seen him shred one tear ever since Michael died. I found Joe Jackson's presence disgusting.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:04 pm ET

MSN Indonesia

Oprah ratings lowest ever‎ – 17 hours ago
While the week of July 4 was packed with repeats, MJ coverage


michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:06 pm ET

Julianna 88 July 22nd, 2009 11:53 am ET

People need to realize that the media is no one’s friend everyone is just out for themselves, the biggest and most sensational story that they can get. they are out for their own career, and they don’t care who they hurt or destroy.


Julianna 88   July 22nd, 2009 12:07 pm ET

I hope that is not true about Oprah having this man on his show, but if so I will never watch her again. Why do others feel better about themselves when they destroy others. What kind of creep is this Jordan guy anyway. He should be sued.

Why can't people just leave Michael alone. Even if he wasn't the biological father who cares.. This man was a human being who harmed no one and just wanted to live his life, which included being an awesome performer and helping others. Why do people have to tear him apart – the media is no one's friend and are just cruel.

Oprah shame on you if this is true, and where is your statement about Michael as he opened the door for you. She has said nothing, and anything she says now is long overdue so it wouldn't mean anything. She could have at least released a one liner through a publicist.

I was disappointed with Obama saying more about Walter Cronkite then Michael as he was a positive citizen who gave so much to the USA and the world.

Oprah say it isn't true.

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 12:08 pm ET

Linda from New York July 22nd, 2009 12:00
u will lose respect 4 her??? H...E...L...L...O.... i lost respect 4 that b.i.tch a long time ago, she is sooooooo-ul fake & thinks she is god or someting, to hell with her & her f.cking show

Melody Lynne   July 22nd, 2009 12:10 pm ET

I think oprah is in reruns for the summer, but surprised she hasn't said anything about his death.

sad to see what joe is doing he should be quiet and should not be promoting his new business deals, or receiving texts when doing interviews.

martin is a creep and a low-life

love to all MJ fans.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:11 pm ET

ditto Malaika Afrika i stopped watching her when i saw her trying to produce fake tears

Melody Lynne   July 22nd, 2009 12:12 pm ET

agree i lost a lot of respect for oprah a long time ago she seemed to have sold out and started to think that her voice was the only one to be listened to.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 12:13 pm ET

You are right Malaika, I was trying to be open minded.. Okay–I did lose respect for her when she made no comment when Michael died.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:14 pm ET

jacquelyn call maury's show and ask him to air the tape.....

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:16 pm ET

i'm lmfao ....because Michael even tho he is gone...he is making headlines allowing fans to turn against reporters for him

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:21 pm ET



Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 12:27 pm ET


Isn't payback grand?!!! 🙂 The media is going down.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:32 pm ET

your so right...

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 12:36 pm ET

The reports saying Paris is the one suffering a great deal by locking herself in her room and writing letters to her father and the other two are sad as well. Why can't the media just leave this family alone? And debbie needs to go away period

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:37 pm ET

well that says it right there HOW MUCH THOSE KIDS LOVED MICHAEL

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 12:43 pm ET

Julianna: I agree with you about Obama. He lost my vote. I didnt vote for him in 2008,I was seriously considering voting for him. But, not after his comments about MJ. No one has a right to say someone had a tragic life. That sounds to me like an insult. Furthermore, Obama did not want toconnect himself to MJ because he wants to have a squeaky clean image. Newsflash, MJ never did anything wrong. As long as I live I will never forget that OPrah interview and all the questions that came about afterward that he did not have that disease. That is unforgiveable. AT the time, I worked with someone who knew someone who had it and it made all the more clear. I wish the media would leave the Jacksons alone. I regards to Oprah, she should be ashamed of herself. I don't care if it is true or not. This is very disrespectful to the family and to the children. These children have had enough. Oprah should have just said her condolescences. MJ does not need anyone to clear his name. He did nothing wrong. DID YOU HEAR THAT. mj did nothing wrong.

Jacquelyn, yes the media is going down.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 12:47 pm ET

That is so true!! They say that Blanket is asking a lot of questions. It wa sreally cold when either CBS or Inside Edition made a comment/joke about the fact tha the kids haven't been seen with their veils. Then they made a comment about the jackson's religious belief and the fact that JWs believe in reincarnation and that this is providing some solace for the kids bc they believe they will see daddy again. Well the media is making some joke out if it in regards to to the strangeness of MJ. Mj was never strange. People did not like his ideas and such. Nothing was wrong with. What people don't understand they judge. There is nothing wrong with being a JW. I know people who are JWs.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:48 pm ET


No one has a right to say someone had a tragic life. That sounds to me like an insult.


michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:51 pm ET


Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 12:53 pm ET

Amen!! That was said by many people. Mr. Obama was insulting. I could never say that to someone. Someone had the gall to call in today on one of the talk shows and they were talking about taxing marjuana and said that no one should be able to get drugs like the way MJ did. This is so cruel. They are making him out to be a major druggie. Those poor kids. They really need to stay with Marlon or Rebbie totally away from the spotlight. These children will be scarred no doubt. Thank you media, thank you very much!!

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 12:58 pm ET

talking about taxing marjuana and said that no one should be able to get drugs like the way MJ did.



Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 1:19 pm ET

I don't think Mr. Obma meant that as an insult at all. I also think he was talking about all the accusers, rumors. I also remember him saying his has MJ songs on his IPOD.

Melody Lynne   July 22nd, 2009 1:28 pm ET

I was very disappointed with Obama. Pathetic that he didn't have the courage and decency to pay respect to Michael who gave so much to the USA and to the World. Shame on Obama.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 1:30 pm ET

What I meant was that Mr. Obama had to be pressed into making a statement. I felt he was backpeddling.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 1:38 pm ET

you know what i just a a eeerie feeling that oprah will cancel the 30th show in fear of the backlash she will get and her ratings going down the tube

Truth   July 22nd, 2009 1:49 pm ET

This pair (Joe and Lenell) went to a gun fight with a knife. AEG and Sony will obliterate their characters....

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 1:49 pm ET

If she does cancel, then she needs to make some sort of a statement. As I said, there are a lot of bloggers that are very unhappy with her. I am not an Oprah fan, but I was shocked that no statement was made.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 2:02 pm ET

bet she pays jordan XXXX number of dolloars to lie

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 2:06 pm ET


but the bullets will fly soon

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 2:29 pm ET

Michele Canada- they just had Jermaine on he was interviewing with a French tv station. He is very distraught and is begging that the media leave Michael alone.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 2:38 pm ET

oh wow.....wish i could have seen that

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 2:41 pm ET

It was so sad. He is in tears and everything. I feel so sorry for that family. Iknow now is not the time and place, but I really hope that the family once everything settles down that they seriously consider filing slander suits against certain media outlets( i.e. Vanity Fair and the author Ian Halsperin, and others) who continue to defame MJs name and reputation. It is horrible.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 2:42 pm ET

can you poat a link of any sort to show an article or video of ti?

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 2:43 pm ET

on the news now the police are in texas looking for manslughter evidence on conrad murray

Joan Mc Arizona   July 22nd, 2009 2:54 pm ET

I am not a fan of Joe Jackson. I will give him some credit for raising 9 children who grew up with good character and none of whom landed in prison.
He is a crass ill cultured man with undoubtedly limited intellect and sophistication but he did help some of his talented children reach stardom. Come on... parents of his generation were much more coproral in punishments than the 21st century parents. My dad used a belt and polo whip on me. Do I resent it. You bet. Did I grow up with good values and character. You bet. Did I belt and whip my children? Not on your life. This fact does not totally make Joe Jackson a monster. An uneducated, crass, barely civililized philistine maybe but not a monster.

Melody Lynne   July 22nd, 2009 2:56 pm ET

is oprah back from reruns. I don't see where the july 30 show is listed anyone have a link? I thought she was on reruns, is she coming back just for this – pathetic.

i hope they put away conrad.

Rosario O   July 22nd, 2009 2:58 pm ET

Martin B is a b, and Oprah would suck if she did that interview. I think that oprah stuff is a rumour as I don't see any listing for the show, but I am no longer an oprah fan.

Joan Mc Arizona   July 22nd, 2009 3:02 pm ET


JOHN O. RAMOS FROM OHIO   July 22nd, 2009 3:02 pm ET

I agree with all on Martin being a disgrace for a human with what he did, he is a slimy con artist. It is up to us to send the media a message by not watching shows like these, and not even listening to what Jordan has to say.

Too bad Oprah and Obama dissed MJ, but this shows their true colours.

Conrad needs to be put away.

Love to all the MJ fans, and hopefully the truth of his character will shine and that his legacy will live on for his children. MJ was an awesome and gracious person who cared more about others.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 3:03 pm ET

oprah winfrey

stamos   July 22nd, 2009 3:06 pm ET

peace to the who's oprah comment.. i echo that. who is she anyway if she can't give MJ a little respect and make a statement a private one says that she was too embarassed and wants to save her own reputation. a private one would be cheap if she said anything at all. hope that there is a good reason why she hasn't said anything, but if she did the show then i think we would know the reason. not a fan of hers, but have a hard time believing that even she would stoop so low. leave that crap for barbara or jerry.

miranda98   July 22nd, 2009 3:08 pm ET

joe and leonard were a comedy act on that show. i thought i was watching just for laugh. joe can't be serious. promoting your cheesy business deal and taking text messages during interviews about your son. joe stay home and get some sleep.

eddieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee   July 22nd, 2009 3:09 pm ET

i think jermaine should stop taking interviews as well, because i am tired of his self proclomation that he was mj's backbone and his voice.

the media should layoff mj and the family, and the family should stop doing interviews and seeking the media.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 3:11 pm ET

i can't watch it not available..but some of u might be able to get it

tracie mura   July 22nd, 2009 3:12 pm ET

wonder if MJ will ever get the peace and respect he deserves. media should layoff but we need to do our part and not give in and read or listen to the stuff.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 3:13 pm ET

Dr. Conrad needs to be put away. He killed Michael.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 3:14 pm ET

Michele Canada– I saw it on CNN Headline News. They had AJ Hammer providing that clip. I bet it will be on Showbiz Tonight.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 3:17 pm ET

I agree with Linda. Not just his license either. I believe he knew what he did. What kind of a person would leave and not counsel the family. I know when my parents passed away on both occasions the medical staff either talked to us or asked a family member if they wanted us to be talked to. This was just cold.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 3:43 pm ET

ya k now that conrad has had lots of time to throw out evidence

Luda   July 22nd, 2009 3:46 pm ET

Who is Maury Provich?

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 3:49 pm ET

He sure did have lots of time; but you know what michele, you can't erase paper trail.

shazelle Santana   July 22nd, 2009 3:50 pm ET

I find Larry King rude, interruptive, sarcastic, many things. Joe Jackson and Leonard did not put together their thoughts clear enough, although we all pretty much know what they were getting at I believe.

The trial with the second child was not just thrown out bc of lack of evidence, but bc they suspected the family of being sneaky and out for money, which they found her to be guilty of trying to commit fraud with the welfare system.

I wish the media would set about clearing his name also because there are many people who are so afraid of those charges that they have stated that children never lie, and that regardless of the children/and or/family stating they lied, they will always believe that they were the victim and that they have just been payed off again to say they lied.

I guarantee you, this has set up a syndrome. Michael was just the first. Many more will come. Difference is, most men aren't as easy to take advantage of like Michael, but once that accusation comes out, many more will be crucified for money.

Dana   July 22nd, 2009 3:51 pm ET

What a coincedence.... Debbie Rowe, Leonard Rowe????????????

Luda   July 22nd, 2009 3:55 pm ET

“I would rather not talk about the dollar amount, but… yes, I was financially rewarded by Michael.

Come on! can we imagine Michael giving that boy money and worst asked him to be the father of his children after he harmed MJ with the trial in 1993???

Come on!

Dana   July 22nd, 2009 4:14 pm ET

who was that woman you had on your show the other night sticking for Debbie Rowe trying to convince the world that Debbie is a good person who loves her children and Michael... do you know how ridiculous she sounded anybody with even 1% of intellegence knows Debbie cares only for $$$$$$ and thats it. How much does debbie pay these people to lie on her behalf so she can continue to extort money from Micheals family. If she really cared about Michaels children and this so-called love for him than get on national Television and convince us. she won't until her millions are in her bank account than she will because she can than say "I LIED ABOUT CARING' HAHAHA.

Rose   July 22nd, 2009 4:14 pm ET

Last night on Larry King's show a guest said they knew of a caregiver who worked at the Jackson home in the 1970s. She witnessed Michael being beaten by Joe. Joe also locked Michael into a dark closet until he could "do better". That must have been terrifying for him and may have led to sleeping problems.

That is abuse. Not just discipline. Michael did not exaggerate or lie. He was abused by Joe.

Dana   July 22nd, 2009 4:18 pm ET

Mr. Friedman,
You are certainly right that debbie rowe is no relation to Leonard Rowe she is worse

Rose   July 22nd, 2009 4:21 pm ET

Debbie Rowe's friend on Larry's show should be banned from the air for her awful, awful plastic surgery. She's hard to look at. Old Vegas showgirl make-up too. Sliced up, re-constructed face with a cheap butcher. Ouch! Nothing she said made sense, especially about Debbie "caring". Give me a break.

angel   July 22nd, 2009 4:26 pm ET

i knew michael's death was a "HIT" from the moment I heared about it.No matter how much you want us to believe otherwise.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 4:30 pm ET

The media needs to back off MJ already, Michael was human. There are so many people out there that are addicted to prescription drugs, it’s not even funny. They are trying to portray him as a hard core drug addict. I remember when Elvis Presley died, there was alot of media coverage, but nothing compared to Michael (of course we didn’t have all these cable channels at the time). I don’t remember the media calling Elvis a drug addict. They always made sure to say that he was addicted to prescription drugs. Why do they have to consistently say that Michael was a drug addict. What about his family, his children-They don’t care. We his fans know the type of person he was, what he was all about. We don’t need anyone to tell us lies about Michael, we know the truth. We love you Michael.

Luda   July 22nd, 2009 4:38 pm ET

Rose: Debbie Rowe’s friend on Larry’s show should be banned from the air for her awful, awful plastic surgery. She’s hard to look at.

i must agree, the first time I thought: Even Michael looked better...

Victoria Ryan-Bailey   July 22nd, 2009 4:38 pm ET

Besides being an extremely cruel person, there is little different about Joe Jackson's parenting methods than most other households I know. True, Joe was mean and cruel to his children and probably to Katherine. But his method of whipping the children into submission and subjection is no different than other homes. It appears he always had an underlying motive - love and care for the kids ultimate success and well-being, or as Katherine once said, or for his own. He accomplished both goals to keep his kids out of the flack and to move his family out of poverty. The rest of his persona is pure and simple dysfunctionality.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 4:39 pm ET

It hurts so bad when they say these things. I don't want to hear anymore about the drug use. I feel so bad for the kids. I wonder if the media will listen to Jermaines plea. I can't help but take some of this stuff personally. We love MJ.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 4:41 pm ET

That's plastic surgery, I thought that was make up or a tan. 🙂

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 4:43 pm ET

Luda, my thought exactly.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 4:44 pm ET

Adrienne, I feel the same way. It really hurts. I agree with you, I hope the media listens to Jermaine.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 4:47 pm ET

I never listened to any of the stuff over the years. But, I will never forget being told by a co-worker that we were not to talk about MJ because he was a child molester. And I don't want to hear it now or EVER!!

tracie mura   July 22nd, 2009 4:59 pm ET

sad that so many are still trying to make a buck off of mj. someone like mj could never survive in this hard and cruel world. the media is rhotten, and he was surrounded by a bunch of low-lifes.

mj rest in peace, and I hope that they all will let you have your peace now and this circus will end.

conrad and all the other doctors need to be put away.

brashir should be held accountable to what a piece of work he is. he shows that there truly are evil and selfish people in the world.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 5:10 pm ET

Did you guys read this

"Dr. Murray is frustrated by negative and often erroneous media reports. He has to walk around 24-7 with a bodyguard," Chernoff said. "He can't operate his practice. He can't go to work because he is harassed no matter where he goes."

I would walk around with bodyguards too. Poor thing, he is afraid of Michael's fans.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 5:12 pm ET


lmfao...awwwwwwwwwwww poor baby

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 5:13 pm ET

Are you kidding me someone actually had the nerve to say that to your face. Someone said something to in my office, but not to me directly.. She said that she didn't understand all this coverage of Michael Jackson, he was a pedophile. I just looked at her because if said what I wanted to say and did what I wanted to do; right now I would be in Jail.

Truth   July 22nd, 2009 5:13 pm ET

Looks like Joe and his sketchy partner Lenell's allegations of "foul play" is unfolding with Conrad Murray's pending murder charges. The truth is the truth despite the unlikely pair that DID deliver the truth regarding MJ's health and welfare...Keep in mind that Murray was being paid by AEG!
Being paid $150,000.00 per month sounds like hush money to me.

Linda from New York   July 22nd, 2009 5:15 pm ET

All I need is one minute in a room with him.

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 5:16 pm ET

i think Bashir & Dr Klien shld be put away 2getha with this Dr Murray, i dnt understand why the police is focusing on one person when all these pple are guilty, u dnt hv 2 be a lawyer 2 see that they killed Michael

Luda   July 22nd, 2009 5:18 pm ET

Linda: Poor thing, he is afraid of Michael’s fans.

He didn't suspect the power of Michael!! (lol)

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 5:20 pm ET

Linda from New York July 22nd, 2009 5:15 pm ET

All I need is one minute in a room with him.

you and me both

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 5:26 pm ET

Linda from New York July 22nd, 2009 5:13
thank God the truth is finaly coming out now, i wonder how LARRY is taking it with the way he kept attacking Joe saying " Joe how do u know thr was foul play"? blah blah
i said it b4 & wl say it now, i believe Joe, i knw he did wat he did out of love 4 MJ & his entire family, becoz of wat he did MJ became THE BEST.... THE UNDISPUTABLE KING OF POP.

evita marcela   July 22nd, 2009 5:30 pm ET

I wanted to disagree with VIctoria who said that Joe Jackson raise his household no different from any other, and that this i not different from other households.

I quote: "But his method of whipping the children into submission and subjection is no different than other homes. It appears he always had an underlying motive — love and care for the kids ultimate success and well-being, or as Katherine once said, or for his own. "

I want to say that I was not raised that way, nor did I raise my children, and I think that it is ridiculous to say this and also say that this showed love. I don't doubt that he did love his children however, and I think he made mistakes, but if your children don't feel loved by the whippings then I don't think we have the authority or right to void their feelings or say they didn't say or mean what they said.

I don't think we need to sit around and compare parenting styles and I agree that many children are not disciplined today, but I don't necessarily think that whipping is the right thing. However, if you were whipped as a child and it had not effect on you and you are thankful for it then that is fine, but lets not assume this is what is right, goes on in most households, or that if someone says they were not fine with it that we can then say well it was no big deal and because we grew up that way it should be fine.

I have many friends who were whipped and they are not fine with it, however, like Michael they do not hate their parents and they wish to move on from this and regain their self esteem.

I believe that being whipped to perform is wrong, but i don't feel that Joe needs to be condemned for the rest of his life about this. I believe Michael forgave him and tried to find peace with that. I don't think the media needs to turn him into this really mean tyrant, although I agree that he is not helping when he does these really weird interviews and promotes himself and his business rather than discusses positive things about Michael.

JR henricks   July 22nd, 2009 5:32 pm ET

I wouldn't blame AEG for Conrad's actions – I think that is ridiculous allegations just like some that were brought against MJ. But I am glad to see that Conrad will be held accountable and should be charged. I hope they find all the others that were involved as well.

michele canada   July 22nd, 2009 5:32 pm ET

as much as i hate to say this...but that doc seems to confident he going to get away with murder...why....because he has had time to destroy all the evidence

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 5:38 pm ET

Linda, yes I am dead serious. I could not believe what I was hearing. But, I couldn't say/do what I wanted to, though.

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 5:41 pm ET

michele canada July 22nd, 2009 5:32 pm
NO WAY!!! he is definitely going away, with or without evidence.... wat he did the day MJ died is evident enuff that he killed him, dissappearing 4 three whole days & showing up later with a lousy lawyer who ddnt seem 2 have all the facts abt his client.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 5:44 pm ET

HLN just talked with E and Rolling Stone. I guess there is some article coming out on MJ. I really, really hope that the Jackson's take legal action. Some of this stuff is getting old. Rolling Stone was discussing the nose thing. That is so old and so cruel. I guess they aren't going to listen to Jermaine.

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 5:44 pm ET

i also wnt 2 see AEG/SONY dead & buried

Malaika Afrika   July 22nd, 2009 5:52 pm ET

Luda July 22nd, 2009 3:46 pm ET

Who is Maury Provich?

He is the real deal, pliz watch his Living with Michael Jackson Take Two on YouTube, pliz!!!

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 5:54 pm ET

Join the club. I have said all along that I thought that AEG was involved. I wonder how Dr. Klein will come out with all of this. I have had some suspicions with him all along.

CHRIS FROM NY   July 22nd, 2009 5:55 pm ET

I don't like the guy or what he had to say but who doesn't have a sketchy past? Everyone has done something real bad in their past. Stop judging.

Adrienne   July 22nd, 2009 5:56 pm ET

I always liked Maury. I don't know why he has that Jerry Springer type show.

Belgium   July 22nd, 2009 6:33 pm ET

Whow! Michael's dad was responsible for his drug abuse. AEG killed Michael, Dr. Murray guilty and Dr. Klein is suspicious. Doesn't anybody stop and think that maybe Michael brought some of it on himself. He obtained prescription drugs from out of state, in the name of people that worked for him.

He had REAL friends who cared about him but he would send them away at the gates of his home. Even his family. He just didn't want to hear about the fact that he needed to stop this distructive behavior.

These peoples did care about him a lot. And Germaine saying in an intervieuw with Matt Lauwer : "I would be very upset to hear Michael did drugs." Come on what a load of balony!

I hope for the children sake that all this will die down real soon. That they will have a "normal" live. I mean go to school, get a degree an stay of drugs. I hope that who will take care off these children will show responsibility.

I think I know Michael loved these children, but they could have been the reason for him to seek help.

nahnah   July 22nd, 2009 7:32 pm ET

d love joe had 4 MJ is not our major concern.cos as far as am concernd 80% if not 90% of d world luvs micheal nd wil luv him til end of time.wit dis he does not necessary need a fatherly in peace MJ.

Luda   July 22nd, 2009 8:04 pm ET

Thanks Malaika,

just one more question: That TAKE 2, was that Michael's idea and he personally chose Maury or it is Maury who proposed him to do that Take 2?

JR henricks   July 22nd, 2009 8:56 pm ET

Belgium, i think michael felt he needed the drugs, from the pain, insomnia, media pressure, false allegations, but yes I agree he asked for them but it wasn't like he was a junkie on cocaine.... In any case only a doctor who is out of their mind would agree to administering that stuff and out of a hospital are you out of your mind or what.

if someone is depressed you help them, and I don't think he had a lot of friends – real friends, because these others are busy on tv right after his death saying what a real friend they were.

just let the man rest. we all make mistakes, but for crying out loud he was only human.

Kai   July 22nd, 2009 9:02 pm ET

If more parents were like mine and "didn't spare the rod" we wouldn't have children threatening their parents to call the police when they get their ears pulled for lying, (this happened to a friends nephew) and we wouldn't have kids bullying or beating up their parents and I know this happens alot in white families (I am not black, I'm an asian american), we wouldn't have kids sitting around on their butts all day, watching TV, on the computer, texting, playing hand held electronic games, (my parents were mean...they didn't allow this) we wouldn't have rude kids in school testing the teachers because they are allowed to be testy at home w/o being disciplined, (my parents would have whopped me harder if they found out I was disrepectful in school). A big reason why we have so many out of control kids today can be as a result of the child abuse law (CAPTA). CAPTA has it's good points but many kids use it as a threat. CAPTA defines physical abuse as:

What Are the Major Types of Child Abuse and Neglect?

Within the minimum standards set by CAPTA, each State is responsible for providing its own definitions of child abuse and neglect. Most States recognize four major types of maltreatment: physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.

The examples provided below are for general informational purposes only. Not all States’ definitions will include all of the examples listed below, and individual States’ definitions may cover additional situations not mentioned here.

Physical abuse is nonaccidental physical injury (ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or death) as a result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing, stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap, or other object), burning, or otherwise harming a child, that is inflicted by a parent, caregiver, or other person who has responsibility for the child.2 Such injury is considered abuse regardless of whether the caregiver intended to hurt the child.

Physical discipline, such as spanking or paddling, is not considered abuse as long as it is reasonable and causes no bodily injury to the child.

I was born and raised in Hawaii in the 50's. There are many different races and cultures that live here in harmony. When I was growing up it was common for parents of these cultures to discipline their kids with the belt, paddle or strap or a slap with the hand and it was called "lickings" so I can associate how Joe Jackson disciplined his kids. Whenever one of my friends got into trouble we all knew that he was going home to get "lickings", lol.

Jacquelyn   July 22nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET


Friedman said that, and how do he know? Michael never said anything like that. Thats how rumors and lies get started and people fall for it.

Maureen (UK)   July 22nd, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Hi Larry,
There were two well versed lawyers responding to Joe Jackson and Leonard Rowe's comments on the show today. Could we have two lawyers looking at the other angle, as there were some serious concerns raised.
Leonard Rowe had a letter from MJ, asking him to represent him, but others had taken control of MJ's affairs. Joe Jackson said he was not allowed to see or contact MJ because others had control. This needs to be investigated. Were other family members and friends denied access ? Why were the people who MJ had previously sacked in charge of his affairs ?
Also, surely there would be a more recent will ? Again, people who MJ had sacked are in charge of his will.
Is there an "old boy's network", in the entertainment world ?

Mary U from Ohio   July 23rd, 2009 8:45 am ET

Larry and the Media and all you others that are so called friends of Michael’s.. STOP THROWING STONES at the JACKSONS.. You say Joe abused Michael. What are you doing?
Lets talk abuse. Larry and everyone else you Mentally and emotionally abused Michael. How.. Kept asking Michael on every interview about .. these were your question… Michael …Why is your skin white? don’t you like being black?.. Why did you let kids come to Neverland Ranch? What did you do to you nose?, how many plastic surgery have you had? Why you married Lisa Marie? You are a Freak. It makes me sick that Michael kissed Lisa at the awards. You are Wacko-Jacko. did you molest that kid? Why would you pay a huge amount in a Settlement? Should i go on. ..You put Michael against the wall a threw stones, Rocks & Boulders at him. Opera and Geraldo were the only ones that Made Michael Smile and feel comfortable on an interview. Only With them we got to know Michael. All you others make Michael feel less as a person. you made him not want to do anymore interviews, and put him in hiding from the public. Still today the Man is dead what did you do to JOE Jackson. You asked What about Michael Surgeries. What about the Molesting. Not once did you ever ask Michael what is you Favorite Book? or any thing good. You abused Michael… GOD>>> I hope the Jackson’s put you on the Stand and ask you ...What you did to Michael. Judge not and you will not be Judged. ….Judge and you Shall be Judge.

Valmai   July 23rd, 2009 9:29 am ET


Thanks for sharing this link. I have signed the petition and invited all my friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook to do the same. Martin Bashir is a poor excuse for a human being.

Mary U from Ohio   July 23rd, 2009 10:01 am ET

Malaika Afrika Thanks I am signing it to.

Jacquelyn   July 23rd, 2009 10:10 am ET

I am signing as well.

MARIA U   July 23rd, 2009 10:30 am ET


Valmai   July 23rd, 2009 11:07 am ET

Here is something I have discovered on You Tube this morning. I am not sure how long this has been going around, but thought I would post here and get a discussion going. There are a lot of people out there, who think that Michael faked his own death in order to escape his crushing debt and public attention. What do you think? Is this wishful thinking on the part of his fans or is there a basis for this rumor? I would like to add, that I am not advocating any conspiracy theories, I am only curious to see what people think about this.

MARIA U   July 23rd, 2009 11:51 am ET


IT'S REALLY NON SENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maria   July 23rd, 2009 12:43 pm ET

Larry, I felt shame for your interview with a man that has lost his son. As the intelligent man you are there were so many stupid and innapropiate questions: did you see the body, did you say goodbye, did you care? What is wrong with you? I don't like Joe also, but please!
Maybe you can give more emphasis on the psychological aspect of addiction so people can understand how it destroys families and peoples lifes.

Valmai   July 23rd, 2009 3:12 pm ET

To Maria U

I agree it's nonsense, like I said, I am not in anyway advocating the theory. Unfortunately some people are and like I said I was just curious about what others thought. I think those that believe in this, are deluding themselves.

Valmai   July 23rd, 2009 7:55 pm ET

This poem is a collection of words from Michael’s songs with some of my own thrown in. I couldn’t think of a better way for me to honor him and as this is from my heart, anyone who is not a fan of his and wants to hate on him, please have some respect for those of us who loved him. I hope you enjoy this tribute.

My Farewell To Michael

You were there, before we came
You took the hurt, you took the shame
Your heart was pierced by lies and doubt
They did not care, just how you felt.
But you are not alone
I am here with you
Though we’re far apart
You’re always in my heart
My life won’t be the same
Because you came and changed
The way I walked
The way I talked
You rocked my world
And knocked me off my feet.
There was something about you
Made me tale a look at the world
Made me change my views
Black or white, it didn’t matter
Didn’t want to spend my life being a color.
Your words were deep
And asked me to look
Deep inside myself
Whatever it took
I wanted to heal the world
Make it a better place
For us, for the children
For the entire human race.
But while you led with dance and song
Everything just started, going wrong
Allegations, speculations
Victim of brutality, victim of hate.
They tried to kill your name
Victim of shame
They raped you of your pride
Stripped you of your rights.
But do you remember
How it all began
It just seemed like heaven
So why did it end?
Now you’re out of my life
Don’t know whether to laugh or cry
Don’t know whether to live or die
And it cuts like a knife
That you’re out of my life.
So, another day has gone
And I’m still all alone
How could this be
That you’re not here with me
And you never said goodbye.
But I understand you had to go
And at your journey’s end I hope you know
I believed in you and loved you more
From far across the distant shore
Yes, I am here because you were there.
RIP Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Debbie   July 23rd, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Larry, you had an Inside Edition reporter on the night after Joe Jackson's interview on your show.

While I don't know a lot about Joe other than what I've read, I found it disturbing that this man from Inside Edition had the audacity to say that the reason Michael couldn't sleep was because of Joe.

Now, possibly his childhood still haunted him in regards to abuse, but has this man from Inside Edition ever thought about how the media badgered and harrassed Michael Jackson for most of his life! How they treated him unfairly, called him awful names, made false accusations? Could that possibly be the real reason Michael couldn't sleep?

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