What a terribly sad, sad day. The entertainment industry lost two giants, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. One was expected and came earlier in the day. Someone from AC360 tweeted saying Anderson was on his way home from Paris and would devote a large portion of Thursday's program to covering the story. But when the totally unexpected and shocking death of Michael Jackson broke quickly it became the story of the day, week, month and probably year. If you are old enough to remember when Elvis died (it's one of those moments where you remember where you were and what you were doing) this was that kind of day. So the focus of the program quickly shifted to MJ and the producers and Anderson put together two great hours of AC360 with the best tribute to Michael Jackson that I've seen anywhere.
Just a partial list of those interviewed on MJ's death include Sheryl Crow (crazy old video of her with huge hair and singing on stage with Jackson was shown while she talked), Rev. Al Sharpton, Clive Davis, Jeffery Toobin, Debra Opri (former Jackson family attorney), John Norris (former MTV) and Ben Brafman (part of Jackson's defense team).
CNN's Ted Rollins reported live from UCLA Medical Center, Randi Kaye filed a report, Dr. Sanjay Gupta talked with AC about medical possibilities that could case Jackson's death, Roland Martin talked with Anderson about his phone call with Marlin Jackson and Erica Hill did a retrospective of the impact of his career.
Erica Hill's 360 News & Business Bulletins:
-More arrests in Iran and the government continues its crackdown
-The Arizona student that was stripped search for drugs won her case before the Supreme Court
-SC Governor will reimburse the State for his earlier trip to Argentina
-Tens of thousands attended an anti-American demonstration in North Korea
-Republicans & Dems are fighting over global warming legislation
And the lightest moment of the night came when Anderson told Erica about the time he meet Michael Jackson at Studio 54. Take a look:
If you didn't say up for the second hour the highlight for me was Anderson's tribute to Farrah Fawcett. I understand why MJ dominated the news tonight, but I feel that FF deserves to be honored for the talented actor she was and the pop icon she was too. Here's AC's tribute:
That's it for me for a while. I'm heading to the East Coast next week and won't be back to posting until July 7th. I leave you in the very capable hands of the ATA team and will try to say hey in comments occasionally. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July. ~Phebe
I've had this Michael Jackson song in my head all day, IMO it's one of his most beautiful and seems the perfect way to end the day.
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