Jackson Goes Rumor Hunting, Smacks Down False Claims – MiniBullet#31

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Jackson Goes Rumor Hunting, Smacks Down False Claims – MiniBullet#31

Feb 28 2007 – Be verwwy verwwy quiet…Michael Jackson is hunting down false wumors!  

As an answer to a number of false or exaggerated rumors swirling around in the press, yesterday (Feb 27) came a press release from {tag Raymone Bain} laying the smack down to that slew of false rumors about Jackson’s current and future plans.

If you’ve been paying attention, you would have noticed certain members of the media taking the lull of Jackson news as an opportunity to spread a number of false claims as if they were fact.  

I suppose a number of news outlets aren’t tired of looking stupid just yet, so Bain was much obliged to help them out.

Certain online and offline media entities which recently wrote and/or carried garbage-articles about Jackson being broke enough to consider a reunion tour, or desperately trying to sell a show in Vegas, figuratively got slapped across the face yesterday. In the press release, Bain states:

Mr. Jackson is not planning a concert tour with members of his family. Mr. Jackson has been presented numerous proposals…proposals which he has not solicited, but were presented to him, several of which include performing in Las Vegas. Mr. Jackson is currently reviewing and evaluating each proposal. He does not believe that he is under any time constraint for making his decisions. Therefore, reports that he has “been unsuccessful in finding a Las Vegas casino for his show, resulting in his having to turn to his family” are false.

The release goes on to say that Jackson did not move to Vegas for the purpose of shopping a show around town as other outlets have reported. More from the release:

Mr. Jackson did not move to Las Vegas to shop a Vegas show. Mr. Jackson is in Las Vegas because he likes the city, and found it a convenient location to record with the artists, songwriters and producers who are working with him in the studio.

Reports that Jackson was snubbed for NBA All-Star tickets were also pimp-slapped in the press release. If you remember, certain lame online reports claimed that people wouldn’t want to be seen with Jackson at the game. That turned out to be false…Surprise, surprise. From the press statement:

Mr. Jackson did not either solicit, ask to be given, or attempt to buy tickets to the recent NBA All-Star Game, as has been widely reported. Mr. Jackson was invited by several owners of NBA teams, as well as players, to attend the game as their guest. However, Mr. Jackson declined these kind invitations. Widely spread reports that Mr. Jackson sought tickets, and was denied his request, are completely false.

How did the media get these reports so wrong? Well, it seems that as long as some shady ‘source’ is telling reporters what they want to hear about Jackson (or what they already believe to be true), it doesn’t matter if the report is accurate.

Another hot topic which set bobblehead entertainment reporters, and glorified wannabe-Jon-Stewart-cable-news-hosts, wagging their tongues was the rumor that Jackson would appear on American Idol.

That rumor was smacked down earlier by Bain and reiterated in the latest release as well. He has no current plans to perform or participate in American Idol.

As if those weren’t enough, there apparently was false information circulating that Jackson had leased a piece of property in {tag Ireland} from {tag Michael Flatly} (the Lord of the Dance guy), and was thrown off the property. To that rumor, Bain states:

Mr. Jackson never leased property from Michael Flatly in Ireland. Therefore, reports stating that he was “evicted” from property owned by Flatly are erroneous and defamatory.

That mess doesn’t even sound true, so why anyone would report it after hearing it in the first place is ridiculous. Seriously, how much work would it take to track down and confirm or deny an alleged news tip about Michael Jackson anyway?

Are these people just lazy as hell? Or are they purposely spreading false information? Or maybe both?

Maybe these people haven’t gotten the memo that Jackson no longer has a bunch of sorry, paycheck-collecting, tabloid-story-selling, know-nothing, power-usurping people working for him who won’t fight back?

Maybe they actually thought they could get away with spreading such rumors without getting a smack-down?

Either way, the ones spreading/reporting the false information always seem to look ridiculous.


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