In my new Pajamas Media article, this morning, I look at one of the more overlooked lessons of Jackson’s death; The way the story got to us:
On the day Jackson died, I went looking in the mainstream media for confirmation about what everybody else already knew â€” and I found none. Fox, CNN, and MSNBC were all running the TMZ footage of the ambulance backing out of the Jackson property, and repeating information from other gossip sites. On newspaper sites, including the New York Times, it was as if the event hadn’t happened yet. For at least the first two days, the original sources for the hottest story on the planet were not mainstream.
I examine what that means, by way of some rather slippery defense of the MSM’s inaction, being put up by the LA Times.