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Letterman Blackmailed: Morning Reaction

Barrymore_10.2.jpgDrew Barrymore on CBS’ The Early Show: “I hope I didn’t start anything by jumping on his desk, I’ve always had fun there, it’s an unfortunate situation. I am no one to comment on it. I wish them the best.”

Donny Deutsch on “Morning Joe”: “We kind of have to draw a distinction between what happens in the workplace that is consensual and what is predatory … For us to put our heads in the sand where CEOs have relationships that can be love affairs, that can be productive … I am not here to defend the way David did it, but I think it’s naive to say relationships do not happen in the workplace. They do.”

Michelle Malkin on Fox & Friends: “I certainly don’t take any pleasure in hearing that he was the victim of an alleged shake-down … I hope the employee gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law … but you’re right to point out that there is irony here and it’s hard not to have a smidge of schadenfreude for somebody who’s shown contempt for women in public, in his monologues continuously and repeatedly especially during the campaigns and how he’s treated Sarah Palin and her family.”

• InTouch Weekly’s Tom O’Neill on CNN’s “American Morning: “Let’s be honest. You don’t think of David Letterman as a sexual object. But on the other hand he’s the classic bohemian. He’s a rascal. If this happened to Jay Leno, it might be damaging, but how damaging is it with Letterman’s audience?”

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Cablers Scramble to Cover Michael Jackson News

Jackson_6.25.jpegThe cable news networks have been covering the news that Michael Jackson was rushed to UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. At 5:20pmET TMZ.com reported Jackson had died after paramedics were unable to revive him. As of 6:20pmET, the cable and broadcast news outlets have not confirmed that.

• Fox News first reported the news at 4:48pmET, and stayed with Glenn Beck for most of the 5pm hour, with some reporting from Shepard Smith. Greta Van Susteren joined Bret Baier during an hour normally occupied by “Special Report.” Smith is anchoring most of the hour along with reporting from Geraldo Rivera.

• CNN first reported the news at 5:28pm during the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and have been in rolling coverage since with Showbiz Tonight’s A.J. Hammer and other guests and correspondents from Los Angeles.

• MSNBC reported the news during Hardball at 5:35pm and are currently in continuing coverage anchored by David Shuster. During a Q&A, In Touch Weekly‘s Tom O’Neill mentioned that TMZ.com had been reporting Jackson’s death which led to a discussion about the reliability of the report.

Depending on how this story develops, we hear at least one broadcast network is making plans to air a special on Michael Jackson‘s life that would precede their Farrah Fawcett special at 10pmET/PT.

> Update: Jackson pronounced dead at 6:15pmET. MSNBC sources news to LATimes at 6:22; CNN at 6:26. Fox News, more cautious, before sourcing AP at 6:29.

> Update (2): CBS’s Katie Couric anchored a special report at 6:22pmET. ABC’s Charlie Gibson at 6:24pmET.

> Update (3): CNN coverage includes long pauses to listen to/watch Jackson videos.

> Update (4): At 7pmET, CNN is still not confirming Jackson’s death, attributing the reports to other sources. NBC News (MSNBC) and Fox News confirmed it a half hour earlier.

> Update (5): CNN finally confirms Jackson’s death at 7:25pmET sourcing the news to the LA coroner.

Oxman_6.25.jpg > More: A 7pmET CNN interview with Jackson family friend Brian Oxman, who called in from UCLA Medical Center, may be very telling about what led to Jackson’s death:

“This family has been trying for months and months and months to take care of Michael Jackson. The people who have surrounded him have been enabling him. If you think that the case of Anna Nicole Smith was an abuse, it is nothing in comparison to what we have seen taking place in Michael Jackson’s life.

This is something which I feared and it is something which I warned about. I don’t know the cause of all this, so I can’t tell you what the ultimate result of it’s going to be, but I can tell you for sure, when you warn people that this is what’s going to happen and then it happens, where there is smoke, there is fire.”