The Corner

Rumor Correction

MRC’s Brian Boyd, our CBS expert, noted I must have faltered in my CBS memory after a chaser of too much “Fairly Oddparents” on Nickelodeon. Co-host Rene Syler, NOT co-host Harry Smith, promised this morning: “Michael Jackson’s child molestation case is back in court today as the singer fights new rumors about his personal life. We’ll have details.”

Having baited viewers into the program with the promise of “details,” CBS reporter Hattie Kauffman only relayed that Jackson’s camp “may also ask the judge to lift the gag order so they can address stories and rumors about the singer.” Attorney Trent Copeland added: “They’ll want to respond to some of the salacious and inflammatory articles that have come out recently that have been largely against Michael Jackson’s interest.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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