It was a weird day on CNN. Nothing but dead celebrities.
When I first got to work, they were talking about Farrah Fawcett. A little bit about Mark Sanford and his Argentine mistress. And then Michael Jackson was rushed to the hospital and everything else --Farrah Fawcett, Mark Sanford, Obama, Iran-- it all went away.
Then CNN started reporting that the LA Times said Michael Jackson was dead. A little gunshy, I guess, because they were real keen on the attribution and repeatedly pointed out that they couldn't confirm it. After all, if MJ was still alive and this was just one of his "episodes," then egg on the LA Times.
But soon it was confirmed and press conferences were arranged, tribute sequences assembled, experts consulted.
You know they got Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the horn to ask him what he thought.
Then later, we turned it to MSNBC and Keith Olbermann had his jacket off, just rocking the vest, Edward R. Murrow Junior reporting the BIGGEST STORY IN THE WORLD. He probably rolled his sleeves up at some point. Yeah, it was hot in the studio and he was working hard.
Strangely, when we turned it to the baseball game, there was no mention of Michael Jackson, although I wished there was because baseball is not very interesting. They fidget and make faces and occasionally something happens. The only time it gets interesting is when someone fucks up.
You know, kind of like cable news.