Rev. Sharpton Attacks Media Coverage of Jackson; Sharpton, Mariah Carey, Usher, Smokey Robinson Among Guests at Jackson Memorial Service Tuesday

Jul 6, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who will be one of the featured guests at tomorrow’s memorial for Michael Jackson, attacked the media yesterday for its coverage of Jackson’s death.

“I’m here because of the disgraceful and the despicable way [the media] is trying to destroy the legacy [of Jackson]," Sharpton said Sunday at the First AME Church in Los Angeles, according to E! Online. Sharpton continued, "You have had other entertainers that have had issues in their life; you [the media] did not degrade and denigrate them."

He then called for the U.S. Postal Service to honor Jackson with a stamp.

Besides Sharpton, other personalities scheduled to appear at Tuesday’s Jackson memorial are Mariah Carey, Usher, Kobe Bryant, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Brooke Shields, Magic Johnson, Berry Gordy, the Andrae Crouch Choir, and Martin Luther King III. Also scheduled to appear are Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson and Lionel Ritchie, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Reports say some of the artists in attendance will perform as well.

The ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.
For those not attending Tuesday’s ceremony, the event will also broadcast live on ABC, NBC, Fox and Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, E! Entertainment and TV Guide Network, with numerous Web sites scheduled to stream live as well.

–Sergio Ibarra


  1. So why do we have to listen to Al Sharpton. All he is doing is grandstanding (again) to be in the spotlight. He lost credibility with Tawana Brawley in the 80s. Ruined some folks lives and never apologized after it became known as being bogus. Stop covering him

  2. With all due respect to Rev. Sharpton, he just has it wrong. News-gathering organizations have been most respectful, not overplaying Jackson’s drug dependency problems.
    I lost all respect for Sharpton over the Tawana Brawley (sp) scandal in New York a long time ago. He is grandstanding, yet again.

  3. The Media to Al Sharpton: Go Away

  4. The Media to Al Sharpton: Go Away

  5. Well, when they dug into the Great Rev Jesse Jacksons past, he lost all credability. Now lets dig into ole Rev Sharpton’s past and see what comes out. And how about MJ’s old man touting his latest whatever on the redcarpet, while being asked about his sons death ! Remember: beware of those who point their finger the LOUDEST !!!

  6. Besides being a major embarassment as a public ‘figure’ himself, Sharpton’s basically got the whole thing ass backward! (surprise surprise)
    A little over two weeks ago, if and when Jackson’s name was ever mentioned in the media, it was as the butt of a joke or with a bend toward the now alleged degradation and denigration that he, unfortunately, brought on mostly himself. If anything, since he’s died, the media and all these so-called super star friends that wouldn’t have been caught anywhere in a room with him for fear of sullying their own image, have been tripping over themselves to honor and praise him. Hell, at least in my circles, no one would dare admit being a fan anymore (not that I ever was one myself), but suddenly people around the World are greiving? If Sharpton had any intellectual/emotional credibility at all, or at least half a brain, the obvious hypocrasy of THOSE actions would be what he’s shouting about. Honoring the man with a stamp??!? Just another disgusting attempt at attention grabbing grandstanding on his part, as J. Smith has said; shamelessly behind another man’s tragic death.

  7. Get over it Michael was very talented yada yada yada does not make him a god!

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