If you don't have cable or satellite, don't worry. You still are going to be able to watch Michael Jackson's funeral. Published reports indicate ABC, CBS, and NBC will all carry the services live Tuesday morning.
As I noted in an earlier post, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric broadcast live today from the the Staples Center, which will be the site of the funeral. Can you imagine Walter Cronkite doing the same? Maybe Dan Rather, but never Walter Cronkite.
While the CBS Evening News took 10 minutes to get to another story besides Jackson's death tonight, it waited until almost 20 minutes to even mention today was the deadliest day for U. S. soldiers in AFghanistan during the past year. It waited until nearly the end of the program to report on the death of Vietnam War architect Robert McNamara, and then limited the report to only one minute, completely eliminating any possibility of putting that death into context, and revealing the critical role McNamara played during a pivotal point in U. S history.
Unbelievably, after devoting only one minute to McNamara, and about the same amount of time to the historic arms agreement signed today between the U. S and Russia, CBS returned to the Jackson story to end its newscast.
And that final story was the only one that actually shed some insight into what was happening. Long time political reporter Jeff Greenfield, who deserves much better than this story, noted that one of the reasons why the Jackson story is so big and continues to get bigger, is the media.
We are telling the world that Michael Jackson's death is important, Greenfield pointed out. Sadly, Greenfield came across as the one voice of sanity in an ever-escalating orgy of media overkill.
Earlier commentary- http://rturner229.blogspot.com/2009/07/jackson-coverage-indictment-of-our.html