World Goes Wacko Jacko on Eve of Memorial

There are many “Moments of Zen“ associated with the tsunami of Michael Jackson coverage on all forms of media over the past week. The above CNN report on prisoners in the Philippines giving props to the King of Pop is cool and inspiring, if a little bizarre. Other viral MJ junk is just that, including one shamelessly dragged out purely for self-promotion on Larry King Live tonight.
Seems somebody walked in front of a camera light when Larry King Live visited Neverland last week. Now the shadow of some lighting dude is haunting computer screens everywhere as Michael Jacksons Ghost in a lame-ass viral video making the rounds on the Internet.
It all makes me kind of glad I was stuck up north at the very unplugged cottage last week.
Been getting network emails all day updating on the coverage of tomorrow‘s Jackson memorial planned for L.A.’s Staples Center. On a day when the CRTC declared that Canadian television networks, so broke from providing local news coverage to Canadians, now only have to air seven to 14 hours a week of local content, CTV sent out a release promising 60 hours of coverage of Jacksonpalooza spread out over 10 channels. Canwest‘s about to be E!xtinct E! channels will carry the U.S. E! feed live at 1 p.m. NBC‘s Mededith Viera will report live from the site of the Jackson deal for Today; Brian Williams heads the network coverage live at 1 p.m. ET. MSNBC (which will live stream the memorial service at MSNBC.com) will start pointing cameras at fans herding into the Staples Center around 11 a.m. ABC and Charles Gibson will also be there, with Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer co-hosting a prime time Jackson hour Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Fox is carrying the memorial live starting at 12:30 p.m. ET Tuesday morning. Hulu will pick up that Fox feed and offer it as streaming video at the giant video jukebox site (which is geo-blocked to Canadians). CNN, which will carry the memorial live at 1 p.m. and then repeat it at 4 and 7 p.m., is teaming with Facebook so that Jackson fans and the curious can watch the memorial live while simultaneously updating their Facebook status to people around the world–while never once leaving the CNN.com Live video player. Remember the Jackson 5’s hit Rockin’ Robin? Now you can Tweet, Tweet, Tweet all through tomorrow’s Jackson media circus. May he rest in Puh-hee-heace.

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