Charles Thomson: Mirror publishes another fraudulent Jackson ‘FBI’ story
The lie is so blatant that the only conclusion possible here is that either the Mirror staff are completely incompetent or the newspaper is smearing Michael Jackson on purpose. This is the only alternative Charles Thomson sees and I am very happy that he does, and says it so openly too.
I fully agree – with the only difference that the second option looks to me a much more probable one. In my own place I’ve seen far too many intentional smear campaigns not to be able to recognize one in other places.
But there is still one thing that makes me wonder – why is it only Charles Thomson who responds? Is he the only honest journalist in the UK?
SUNDAY, 7 JULY 2013
Mirror publishes another fraudulent Jackson ‘FBI’ storyA pattern is emerging here.Today the Mirror has published a story claiming that FBI papers released in 2009 ‘admit’ that an investigation into Michael Jackson was halted in the mid-80s to avoid political embarrassment, as Jackson was due to have a public meeting with President Reagan.The story is a lie and I have to conclude that it is an intentional lie. This is the second time in eight days that the same organisation has run a completely inaccurate story based on ‘FBI files’ accusing Jackson of paedophilia. There are two possibilities. 1) The staff at the Mirror are completely incompetent. 2) They are smearing Michael Jackson with lies on purpose.The story alleges that files ‘admit’ that Jackson was investigated for molesting two Mexican boys, but the investigation was called off because of the presidential meeting. The story is absolutely bogus.Here is what the files really say:
After the Jordan Chandler allegations became public, a writer – not named in the files – contacted the FBI to say they had heard a rumourthat Jackson was investigated for molesting two Mexican boys in the mid-80s, but the investigation had been called off for the reasons outlined in the Mirror’s story.
These claims are made in the files solely by the anonymous writer, who had been unable to obtain any evidence at all that they were true. The only reason the claim appears in the files is that the writer had contacted the bureau to ask whether it was true. The bureau searched its records and found that the rumoured mid-80s investigation had never taken place – then wrote a document detailing the interaction with the writer, which is what the Mirror has quoted.
The FBI report was written, specifically, to document the fact that a writer had called to enquire about a rumoured investigation, but the FBI had concluded the rumour was untrue. However, the Mirror has chosen to totally misrepresent the contents of the document and state inaccurately that the story was in fact true.
This story – like last week’s – is not only bogus, but old. It was widely misreported in 2009 when the files were released. I addressed it on this very blog, in an article which wound up being quoted in J Randy Taraborrelli’s ‘The Magic, The Madness, The Whole Story’ as the only accurate assessment of the FBI files he was able to find.
This is the Mirror’s emerging pattern; it takes a fabricated story which was discredited several years ago, pretends it is brand new, intentionally omits the fact that it is fabricated and uses it to smear Michael Jackson.
At this stage, I feel that serious questions need to be asked about what is really going on here.