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Tabloid Fodder?

July 14th, 2009
03:46 PM ET

I did a search for 'Michael Jackson' on Google News and it turned up more than 250,000 stories. Headlines included: "Michael Jackson's body moved from crypt", "Which God did the King of Pop believe in" and "Jackson wasn't ready for comeback: father". According to the U.S. Project for Excellence in Journalism, at its height, coverage of Jackson accounted for 60 percent of all news programming, with Iran coverage dropping to 7 percent. It's a statistic that didn't pass Anthony DiMaggio of Illinois State University by. He goes on to say "the mass media’s fixation on celebrity news necessarily desensitizes Americans to political news stories. Americans who consume greater amounts of celebrity news inevitably end up spending less time following political news".

Do you still want to hear more about Michael Jackson? Or if you want us journalists to just shut up about it and let him R.I.P.? Do you agree with DiMaggio that, actually, its a very serious matter because there are other, more important, stories that deserve our attention right now.

Also today, don't miss the next installment of our series on organ donation. We tell the incredible story of a young girl who's broken heart mended itself, literally. Her doctors were forced to remove a heart they had transplanted into her. They were amazed when her original heart started working properly again – on its own. Miracle of medicine? Or miracle of nature? Keep sending your thoughts on my last blog.

See you tonight at 9pm London time.

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