Katie Couric interviewing Stevie Wonder during CBS News coverage
After yesterday’s incredible Jackson extravaganza (the likes of which we may not see again in our lifetime), it’s time to take a look at some analysis of the coverage.
B&C reports on how the news media struggled to strike the right balance in Jackson’s narrative between his legacy as a cultural icon and the more controversial moments of his very public and troubled life:
In the surreal run-up to Jackson’s extravagant public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, television anchors struck a more balanced tone, acknowledging, if not quite scrutinizing, the more problematic aspects of Jackson’s life.
“A lot of people think he should not be getting the attention he is,” said Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum.
The AP’s David Bauder takes a look at the sheer scope of the coverage from such an odd collection of media outlets:
[ABC, MTV, Fox News Channel, BET, and ESPN News, for example] all carried at least part of the Los Angeles ceremony on Tuesday, a mix of music and remembrances capping an extraordinary dozen days of coverage since the pop star’s death from cardiac arrest on June 25.
It was a celebrity send-off unique in scale, unifying TV networks in a manner not seen since the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Millions of people watched worldwide on TV screens or on computer through Web sites such as TMZ and Hulu, although a backlash simmered among people who wondered whether it was too much for an entertainer.
But what about all that lost ad revenue?…