I received a load of emails this weekend notifying me of the outrageousness that the talking tabloid heads have taken the coverage of this trial. The following majority of them convey this overall message:
On Tuesday, October 11, 2011,
during court proceedings, prosecutors in the Conrad Murray trial showed the jury
Michael Jackson’s autopsy photograph. Initially, HLN’s Jane Velez Mitchell said,
on air, that HLN would not be showing the photograph. Later that afternoon,
HLN’s Vinnie Politan showed the photograph. For the next two days, it was shown
many times for up to 11 seconds each time. Scott Safon as Chief Executive of HLN
is chiefly responsible for this decision.
It has since been splashed across
the Internet and tabloid front pages and tabloid sites such as TMZ and Daily
Beast. Diane Dimond even featured it in one of her articles at the Daily Beast.
A very sick-minded individual accessed the photograph on the TMZ website and
sent multiple tweets which included the photograph’s TMZ link along with hate
speech to Michael Jackson’s children.
It is a measure of how far our
culture has slipped that it appears to be acceptable to show an autopsy photo of
a much loved public figure on international television. Marilyn Monroe, Elvis,
Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana, and Dale Earnhardt were not
shown this indignity. Not even Osama Bin Laden’s body was paraded past the
public in this way. Why should it be acceptable that Michael Jackson’s family,
friends, and fans should have to endure this outrage for nothing more than
ratings? A new threshold has been crossed that tramples human dignity and
decency–standards towards the dead that have been respected for millennia.
THIS IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF
The Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency established
by the Communications Act of 1934. It is charged with regulating interstate and
international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. We
are asking you to express your outrage at this act of indecency on international
television by contacting them with your complaint. Ask the FCC to send a message
loud and clear to HLN that they will get their license revoked for this kind of
“decision” and that it is UNJUSTIFIABLE.
If you reside in the United
States, you may contact the FCC at the following link. At the website, you will
be directed to a complaint form. You may also express your disgust via e-mail or
phone. The same page will give you access to their e-mail address and phone.
For those of you outside of the United States, you can
choose, instead of filling in the online form at the FCC, to send an email
telling the FCC that even overseas the U.S. broadcast of the photo has upset
many people with our TV system here or give them a call. If you use the form,
you may need to pose as being located in the U.S. Here are some zip codes you
can use. The link is the same whether inside or outside the
showing of the photograph outside a court of law is OUTRAGEOUS, UNJUSTIFIED and