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Here is the latest letter from MJTN...

Irony and Hypocrisy...

For far too long big media operated basically unfettered in its demonization and mischaracterization of Michael Jackson. This was done purposefully for profit using spurious means including paying for stories, misquoting, misrepresenting, inventive editing, subtle hints in visual presentation, and by the age old fallback...lies. First Amendment rights and simply giving the public what it wants were, and still are, a convenient cover for what has become a prime example of character assassination.

Randall Sullivan revisits and rehashes a good deal of old, familiar fiction in his purported biography, Untouchable: The Strange Life And Tragic Death of Michael Jackson. He tells us that he spent three years researching and gathering information. Well, so did we. Some of us were new to this effort and some of us walked through the fire with Michael from the start. Now, Sullivan and his media cronies find themselves confronted and challenged and clearly don't like it. We don't believe they were prepared for the objections: passionate, knowledgeable, intelligent objections.

Now that Sullivan's book has only sold 3000 copies of the 16,000 shipped, he must blame someone to justify the lack of sales. He enlisted the help of his media friends to complain about the number of poor reviews of his book at Amazon. In a recent article in the New York Times by David Streifeld, the fans have been blamed for swarming the book with reviews of one star.

"Swarming A Book On-line" by David Streifeld
www.nytimes.com/SwarmingABookOn-line

The New York Times writer takes the Michael Jackson Community to task for what is, in his view, censorship. The New York Times article prompted a spate of 5 star reviews on Sullivan's book at Amazon in retaliation...85 in just one day, many of them openly acknowledging they had not read the book but do not want the fans to prevail. In a follow-up article, David Streifeld acknowledged the battle of the reviews. He called out one particular review for slandering Sullivan but seemed to be lacking in outrage over the slander that is very prevalent in Sullivan's book. He seemed quite proud of himself for his role in this "censorship" game.

The response is predictable...crazy fans organizing to bury a book, misuse a review site, practice thought control on an unsuspecting public...balderdash. It is none of the above. Whether one is semi-militant and vocal or quietly determined to oppose an ongoing meme, speaking up by writing it down is a responsibility for those who seek to set the record straight.

Raven in her "All For Love Blog" has written an excellent and detailed piece about Sullivan's book, The New York Times' articles and the resulting mess at Amazon. We support Raven wholeheartedly in her views and could not have said it better.

"I'm Tired, Really Tired of Manipulation!"-Michael Jackson-2001
http://www.allforloveblog.com/?p=7666

We won't be quiet or intimidated by dismissive accusations. Michael Jackson deserves, finally, to be factually defended as fully as possible, as often as necessary. Sorry, Mr. Sullivan, your current tactic fails. We are here to stay.


MJTruthNow www.MJTruthNow.com
 

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^^ Good. Now it is Sunday. Wasn't the first retaliation article done over the weekend? Let's see if there is a new one today, unless David is out to lunch? Is this book supposed to sell in England?
 

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^^ Good. Now it is Sunday. Wasn't the first retaliation article done over the weekend? Let's see if there is a new one today, unless David is out to lunch? Is this book supposed to sell in England?

Despite of the attack on fans' opinion on the book being reprinted in British newspapers, such as the Telegraph and the Guardian (So who is leading a campaign here? Why is it such an important issue that newspapers all around the world write about it? Aren't there enough problems in the world to cover? Or maybe, just maybe it's Sullivan's PR team that is behind it?) it does even worse on UK Amazon. Currently it's at #69,000: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Untouchable...6035/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359320454&sr=8-1

Maybe British readers aren't as easy to lead on by their media as Americans?
 
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I'm glad he's not doing that well as he expected despite help of his frends and hideous shameless attack against fans on amazon or in general. :devil:
 

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Now thanks to the New York Times we're not even allowed to question it, because we're a nuisance if we do.
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See, that's what's interesting. If fans question the media narrative (or in this case, a single person) - it is being held up as 'truth'.
But, it is the fans who are being called the "MJ thought police". (D. Orr)

Who's policing whom??

MJs fans are simply doing what they can to stem an gigantic propaganda machinery that has been running for decades, all focussing on the destruction of ONE MAN and what he stands for. And MJ fans use the tools they have available.
Apparently MJ fans must have been quite successful at making themselves heard because now media seems hellbent to go after fans who disprove the narrative of "Michael, the freak". Quite insightful. Michael is no longer here, so now his fans are being used to muddy the waters.

If that's not "thought police" on behalf of the media - I don't know what would qualify.
 

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Michael will be remembered for years to come. People will be like Sullivan who? The more he complains and the more childish he acts the worse he looks not the fans. It's about him not us. He can't stand that his book failed. As a fan I will take the hits from people like this because in the end his book was a flop. He didn't succeed in what he wanted.

Michael was loved and is loved more than hated in this world. Sometimes it may not feel that way or look that way but I know it's true. Otherwise people wouldn't be fascinated or influenced by him and his music and work still sells strong. My hope is that the newer fans and people that start to love his work and music will see that a lot of things written about Michael was tabloid garbage. People will want to seek the truth. Michael's legacy is strong.
 

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Pace that is it exactly ^^. That is why I often say, no one should be afraid of the name calling from the media, because it would be used regardless as a tool to control our actions. A typical person will refrain from certain actions if they know they will be labeled negatively, which Randall & company know, so they do that to fans. You are right--our actions must be working since there is a mad rush to send in the attack team from papers from other countries as well.

Respect Glad the book is not doing well in Europe either. It would be interesting to see how much was mailed out & how much was sold in England.

Something else, Sullivan seems bent on showing that some fans have not read his book and are discouraging others to not buy it, as though this is a unique thing in the world. This happens with book/non book issues all the time. You go to church/work/school/party/club meeting/standing outside on the sidewalk/walking in the store & someone or a group comes up. They tell you about a negative issue or procedure affecting a group/animals/plants/children and ask you to sign a petition.

What happens: (1) Millions of thousands of people sign without asking for a complete document to read outlining the issues, and they tell OTHERS.

(2) They ask you for money & large numbers again give some change or bills with no in-depth knowledge of the policies. They have been only told.
(3) Sometimes you are given a pamphlet about the issues, but again this is not having a complete picture, and again people help to put a stop to the negative results.
(4) You were a child, like I was once where the teachers said in such & such a country they have famine because the government is doing XYZ & we need to write a letter or can everyone give a penny to help? We all run home at age 8 & beg our parents for some change. Again we were only told something & have not even read the whole story, so why are we acting to stop something that is negative?

It is very simple, Sullivan, in society there will always be humans who expect that certain people who come to them with information is telling them the truth. We expect the teachers/leaders/people in our clubs, etc., who have the same interests as us, to tell us the truth about KEY issues affecting the group & then we act. Not everyone is going to say "Send me all documents about this issue ASAP & then I will help, although several people do.

This means that some fans expect that if certain members read a book & pinpoint drastic errors in a book about Michael, the members' information will be generally correct, & they can act on it. This does not mean that certain fans will not want to verify the information themselves. However, in general, everybody on Earth are not acting like researchers. Further, you only have to look at the Vanity piece to know about the tabloid aspect of the book & then you find out that even some people named in the Vanity release had to say that what Sullivan said about them is not true. How much more evidence do you have to have to know this book is not something Michael would accept as truth about his life, and discourage people to stay away from it?

This is all typical behavior and no fan should feel ashamed because they have not read this book & have discouraged others from buying it.
 

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I was reading comments on Telegraph and this one caught my eye, brilliant

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01/24/2013 11:35 AM
Amazon must be laughing hysterically now -- though it should be very concerned that a pillar of its business model is under attack. What began (presumably) as an open forum for customers to review books has morphed into a sand box brawl. Does anyone believe that this recent spate of 5-Star reviews versus 1-Star reviews is spontaneous? No, it is just a shouting match over an invisible fence – all about a book that is not really worth the effort.

Many books have appeared about Michael Jackson over the years. Some are forgotten, others still float somewhere between soft porn and tabloid-crap-for-dollars, and a very few are laudable. That is tragic because it declares that so many have written so much for so long about one man - yet said so little of substance about him. On the laudable end, Joe Vogel's book, Man in the Music, is a standout – and available from Amazon. Warning: it is a book for grownups and music lovers of all ages who want to understand 'what made Michael Jackson tick'. It is not a book for lovers of tabloid proctology.

Randall Sullivan's book (released Nov 2012), over which word-war now wages , debuted to modest-to-lackluster reviews by the cognoscenti, and the expected rash of talk show appearances by the author titled as journalist and contributor to Rolling Stone magazine. Sullivan has a good publicity machine, but not a good product. We consumers should be mindful that between publicity and product might exist a deep emptiness.

The book is BIG and contains lots of words. No argument there. However, when a topic like Michael Jackson’s life has been a media cash crop for decades, I expected the next harvest to provide a bounty of breakthroughs and discoveries from previously untilled acreage. Instead, I got the leavings of dysfunctional family machinations, surgeries, disappearing noses, etc. I was left starving.

I suppose Sullivan could identify a breakthrough as his personal declaration that Michael Jackson was innocent of child molestation. As we know, that was decided years ago in court by a judge and a jury of Jackson’s peers aided by a defense presented by Thomas Mesereau. The verdict was broadcast around the Earth in every language -- hardly news except to hermits, cave dwellers or those who stubbornly resist the truth of it.

Even so, an acknowledgement of that verdict by a respected journalist might carry extra weight. HOWEVER, Sullivan quickly followed his statement with, (his words), ‘Jackson is a presexual, likely going to his grave never having had sex with man, woman or child’. So, Michael Jackson gets from Sullivan a supportive pat on the back, quickly followed by a castrating stab in the genitals. Apparently, Jackson is not allowed both his innocence and his physical manhood intact. He must be neutered so doubters can feel more comfortable with him. Sullivan describes his book as a sympathetic treatment of Jackson.

How is this backhanded, lopsided, wonky statement sympathetic, factual or fair to Jackson or to those reading a biography expecting information they can trust about his life? The answer: It isn’t.

Lesson Learned and Hope for the Future: Michael Jackson’s biography will NOT be written by fans, friends, family, fabulists, or tabloid proctologists. His hard-won and well-deserved legacy is forming to replace the free-floating, profit-driven hysteria that drags on his memory. New biographers will emerge to write his big and panoramic story – all of it -- for new generations of readers eager to learn.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/...ets-should-look-at-the-man-in-the-mirror.html
 

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^That was a GREAT comment! Describes the book perfectly and why it isn't worth a dime!

I suppose Sullivan could identify a breakthrough as his personal declaration that Michael Jackson was innocent of child molestation. As we know, that was decided years ago in court by a judge and a jury of Jackson’s peers aided by a defense presented by Thomas Mesereau. The verdict was broadcast around the Earth in every language -- hardly news except to hermits, cave dwellers or those who stubbornly resist the truth of it.
Right on! This is the ONLY strong point in this book and what drives certain fans and T-Mez to keep on trying to get us to buy it. As if Jones book wasn't good enough. -_-


Even so, an acknowledgement of that verdict by a respected journalist might carry extra weight. HOWEVER, Sullivan quickly followed his statement with, (his words), ‘Jackson is a presexual, likely going to his grave never having had sex with man, woman or child’.
So, Michael Jackson gets from Sullivan a supportive pat on the back, quickly followed by a castrating stab in the genitals. Apparently, Jackson is not allowed both his innocence and his physical manhood intact. He must be neutered so doubters can feel more comfortable with him. Sullivan describes his book as a sympathetic treatment of Jackson.
How is this backhanded, lopsided, wonky statement sympathetic, factual or fair to Jackson or to those reading a biography expecting information they can trust about his life? The answer: It isn’t.
^ Exactly! And because of that I don't understand the support this book is getting from certain fans and T-mez! o_O It's embarrASSing at this point and just makes me wonder....
 
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^ I still don't get Tom Mesereau either, that book does nothing to prove or stating Michael's innocence. He said Michael was presexual but insinuates Jordan was his lover. :puke: Aren't Jordan and Gavin cases equally important to point out both were shameless attempts to get money from him? To millions of us, both cases are important.
 
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We were contacted today by a Canadian reporter by pm on our Rapid Response page. This is what he said: Chris Dela Torre,

Hello there -
My name is Chris dela Torre, I'm a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, based in Calgary AB Canada. Would anyone with your page be interested in commenting further on the NY Times article RE: Randall Sullivan's 'Untouchable' book? I'm working on a radio piece about the affect of online commenting on product marketing and would love to speak to an admin from this page for my radio story.

We have not communicated with him at all.

I just pulled this up on the guy: http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/about/
 
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This book just needs to be pulled off of bookshevles FULL STOP
 

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Re: Randall Sullivan's new book "Untouchable"

We were contacted today by a Canadian reporter by pm on our Rapid Response page. This is what he said: Chris Dela Torre,

Hello there -
My name is Chris dela Torre, I'm a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, based in Calgary AB Canada. Would anyone with your page be interested in commenting further on the NY Times article RE: Randall Sullivan's 'Untouchable' book? I'm working on a radio piece about the affect of online commenting on product marketing and would love to speak to an admin from this page for my radio story.

We have not communicated with him at all.

I just pulled this up on the guy: http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/about/
I wouldn't do it. It will only give the book more attention. Their only interested in product marketing. Not in us defending Michael.
 

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We were contacted today by a Canadian reporter by pm on our Rapid Response page. This is what he said: Chris Dela Torre,

Hello there -
My name is Chris dela Torre, I'm a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, based in Calgary AB Canada. Would anyone with your page be interested in commenting further on the NY Times article RE: Randall Sullivan's 'Untouchable' book? I'm working on a radio piece about the affect of online commenting on product marketing and would love to speak to an admin from this page for my radio story.

We have not communicated with him at all.

I just pulled this up on the guy: http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/about/

Might be a chance to get your side out? Maybe in Canada they have more integrity than the NYT? Maybe check out another story this guy has done and see how it feels to you as far as his approach and fairness. Good luck!

P.S. This guy looks very young. He has a radio show, or is part of a radio show, so it's not like he has a huge platform, like the NYT. I get the feeling he is a relatively small fry guy, not with the reach of the NYT for sure.
 
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Fans have to decide what their goal is. IMO the main goal should be that Sullivan's book flops and no one buys it. Currently it's down in the #30,000s on Amazon. IMO discussing it further with the media only gives it more attention and more sales - and probably that is the goal of the media, too. I would not feed the media on it any longer. Let it sink into obscurity.
 

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Fans have to decide what their goal is. IMO the main goal should be that Sullivan's book flops and no one buys it. Currently it's down in the #30,000s on Amazon. IMO discussing it further with the media only gives it more attention and more sales - and probably that is the goal of the media, too. I would not feed the media on it any longer. Let it sink into obscurity.

EXACTLY!!! That is the best way to go as we prepare for the book's funeral.
 
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I agree with you girls, it mustn't receive more coverage and if Victory discusses with the reporter, it'd be a way to give it attention.
 

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lol should it be old fashion style or cremated? Yeah, I wouldn't give this book any more attention to the media, big or small press.

I say we burn frankincense & oil the thing down with the oils they used in biblical times to take care of the dead, like myrrh. We then wrap it in used NYT newspaper & dirty pages from Vanity Fair magazine. Then we did a hole near a swamp, and throw the whole thing in.
 

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EXACTLY!!! That is the best way to go as we prepare for the book's funeral.

May Untouchable rest in piece. It will be soon forgotten:)

Dust to dust, ashes to ashes.


@Victory, I agree with others that it just draws more attention to garbage.
It is up to you, but if you decide to call it off, perhaps you could explain to her that you do not want this book to get any more attention that it already got.
 

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The problem is the writer is probably going to write about it and make the MJ fans look like crazies anyway.

If you tell him anything, I think Raven Woods comment to Streitfield sums it up:

Raven Woods
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Mr. Streitfeld, I am going to ask you why-even after the letter I emailed to you, which you have chosen to ignore-you are taking such pride in condoning the censorship of free speech, and boasting about the fact that you have encouraged little more than a reverse strategy? Are empty, meaningless 5 star reviews from people who have not read the book any better than empty, meaningless 1 star reviews from people who haven't read it? How does the one offset the other, since neither are actually a fair assessment of the book?

Also, please explain how the number of reviewers clicking down negative reviews that were nevertheless informative and very insightful as to breaking down the book's many inaccuracies can in any way be presumed as a victory for free speech? All you are doing is promoting the exact opposite! As a result, many very informed reviews have been buried.

This entire campaign is defeating the very purpose of what the Amazon book review feature is supposed to be all about, which is to allow potential readers to be able to make an INFORMED and EDUCATED decision about the product. How are they supposed to be able to do this when you now have a flock of "reviewers" purposely blindsiding buyers just because they are trying to "get back" at a few fans' negative reviews. The end result is that many genuine reviews from people who read the book and STILL found fault with it are not being allowed to have a voice.

As I was stating, it seems to me that your condoning of this kind of behavior and the encouraging of it can only mean one thing-it reveals where your own bias lies. Apparently it is okay when people who do not like Jackson and/or who know nothing about him give this book 5 stars and a rave review. Yet it is NOT okay for those who like him and are knowledgable about his life to find fault with it, and to rank it accordingly. That is the message your hit piece is sending. A very hypocritical one, Mr. Streitfeld, don't you think?

I agree very much with the poster below. Whatever good Mr. Sullivan may have hoped to achieve with this book has now been completely derailed as this has dissolved into nothing more now than a haters vs. fans war, which I suspect was never Sullivan's intent.

It's funny that The New York Times itself did not give this book a favorable review. Yet its downfall is supposed to be due to a few irate fans' reviews? I doubt the NYT review was written by a rabid fan-and yet they were not very impressed, either!

Mr. Sullivan, you need to take a graceful bow, own up, and allow your book to stand or fall on its own merits. Encouraging censorship and encouraging the Amazon review forum to become nothing but a manipulative playing field is not helping your cause.

Get a grip, people, while you are patting yourselves on your righteous backs. You have not encouraged free speech; you have incited its very opposite.

I'll just add that most intelligent people are savvy enough to know that 85+ people did not suddenly jump up, run out, purchase, and read a 700 page book in one days' time.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/...son-bio-evening-the-score/?comments#permid=13
 

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That's a very popular scheme on behalf of 'journalists'. (btw, not implying that the Canadian station is engaging in such thing...just stating observations from the past).

I can think of at least 5 or 6 instances where MJ associates and even fans were first approached and if they didn't participate they were threatened with 'well, if you don't participate the article might end up sounding be rather negatively toward you." Beyond unethical.

That kind of extortion has happened to a number of fans and it simply needs to be exposed, not serviced with compliance. The Rapid Response team was already once coerced into media participation if I understand that correctly. Given the horrible experience in this matter and the fact that this might be just another way to give more PR to this unfortunate 'book', I would politely either ignore, or reply with a uber-polite 2 liner that the interview request must be declined.

ANY 'journalist' out there needs to understand that coercion and threads such as have happened in the past are not acceptable - and certainly nothing that should be rewarded out of fear of 'bad publicity'.
And honestly, small local stations have largely nothing to report about and tend to focus on their 'local nuts', interviewing people first and then broadcasting hit pieces and ridiculing people. Whenever I turn my local stations on, I am appalled by the desire to display the 'freak incident of the day".

Btw, if anyone wants to ridicule the Rapid Response team ("What kind of unprofessional response team are you if you don't want to talk to me, I am offering you such an opportunity to get your viewpoint" out - sort of like a car dealership wants to make you buy a car by acting like they are doing you a favor...) - I'd mentally prepare myself for that, too. Just because such team exists, doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to chose who kind of issues they respond to and it what way. Just saying, just in case somebody wants to shame anyone into participation.
 

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A friend sent this to me and we are working on it in the Underground group:

Just went through a few of the latest PHONEY 5 star reviews .. and made a list of the ones who clearly do not adhere to the Amazon guidelins .. Please REPORT them and give a brief explanation as to why -

Best book ever, January 27, 2013
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Eric C. Schwartz (Los Angeles, CA)

I am glad that someone finally addressed Michael Jackson. I hope on day people fully recognize his art. Oh and his fanboys need to relax.

REPORT as breaking Amazon rule: Spiteful
Objectionable material:
• Obscene or distasteful content
• Profanity or spiteful remarks
• Promotion of illegal or immoral conduct

5.0 out of 5 stars
A Protest!, January 26, 2013
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David K. Woods

I purchases this book primarily because I do not appreciate the organized effort by fans of the subject to dictate what is available for me to read. Even the attempt is a very bad precedent. If you do not like the book do not buy it but do not try to eliminate it from the market via a digital book burning.

REPORT doenst meet Amazon Guidelines

• Include the "why": The best reviews include not only whether you liked or disliked a product, but also why. Feel free to talk about related products and how this item compares to them.
• Be specific: Your review should focus on specific features of the product and your experience with it. For video reviews, we recommend that you write a brief introduction.

This Book is Being Trashed by Jackson Fans, January 25, 2013
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Gray Wolfe (Palo Alto, CA) -
: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson (Hardcover)
I have not read this book, but have read some honest reviews of it and of the campaign by Jackson fans to unfairly trash the book because it presents some unflattering information about Michael Jackson. See [...]
for more information on the smear campaign. Michael Jackson was an incredibly talented individual, but it is clear that he had a deeply troubled and troubling life. I rated the book five stars because I believe it deserves a fair airing and I want to negate some of the damage done by the cadre of sock puppets who are unfairly attacking the book.

Amazon needs to do a better job at protecting this forum from these highly biased attacks. Reading a number of the highly negative reviews of this book it becomes clear that many of the reviewers have no interests besides censoring any negative information on their idol. If these kinds of attacks are permitted then any politically or socially sensitive material will be driven from the marketplace. When it stops being possible to criticize our entertainers, or our religious and political leaders then we will have lost a fundamental freedom. If we cannot tolerate negative commentary of Michael Jackson, imagine how hard it could become to publish material on the president (Bush or Obama).

REPORT- Can't give opinion, cite book or give reason for review - HAS not read the book so how can he review?

Great read about a messed up pedophile star, January 22, 2013
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mj is a raging pedo - Pretty decent read, some things might be wrong, but most key points are right on. Way too many people bitc**** and whining about this book because of the truth it tells about Michael Jackson being messed up mentally, ran around after little boys and kept their underwear in his nightstand as keepsakes in his "special" secret room which was decorated like a child's room.[...]

People need to stop being so stupid, giving this book false ratings because of what it says about MJ and the messed up things he did

REPORT as spiteful and profane

Don't bother listening to the angry hoards..., January 22, 2013
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Brad Greenwood

The negative reviewers are out in force to cause the book to tank because their "hero" is painted in an unflattering light.

Read UNBIASED reviews elsewhere.

REPORT – Doesn’t follow guideline for stating WHY they read or reiewed the book. Instead attack with SPITE “hero”
 

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Re: Randall Sullivan's new book "Untouchable"

That's a very popular scheme on behalf of 'journalists'. (btw, not implying that the Canadian station is engaging in such thing...just stating observations from the past).

I can think of at least 5 or 6 instances where MJ associates and even fans were first approached and if they didn't participate they were threatened with 'well, if you don't participate the article might end up sounding be rather negatively toward you." Beyond unethical.

That kind of extortion has happened to a number of fans and it simply needs to be exposed, not serviced with compliance. The Rapid Response team was already once coerced into media participation if I understand that correctly. Given the horrible experience in this matter and the fact that this might be just another way to give more PR to this unfortunate 'book', I would politely either ignore, or reply with a uber-polite 2 liner that the interview request must be declined.

ANY 'journalist' out there needs to understand that coercion and threads such as have happened in the past are not acceptable - and certainly nothing that should be rewarded out of fear of 'bad publicity'.
And honestly, small local stations have largely nothing to report about and tend to focus on their 'local nuts', interviewing people first and then broadcasting hit pieces and ridiculing people. Whenever I turn my local stations on, I am appalled by the desire to display the 'freak incident of the day".

Btw, if anyone wants to ridicule the Rapid Response team ("What kind of unprofessional response team are you if you don't want to talk to me, I am offering you such an opportunity to get your viewpoint" out - sort of like a car dealership wants to make you buy a car by acting like they are doing you a favor...) - I'd mentally prepare myself for that, too. Just because such team exists, doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to chose who kind of issues they respond to and it what way. Just saying, just in case somebody wants to shame anyone into participation.

Rest assured we will not be talking to this man or any others in media.
 

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Re: Randall Sullivan's new book "Untouchable"

Waw those reviews are getting sicker. Now it is becoming a comment board to bash Michael & mention sick stuff. The one about the puppets sounds like Wyman or his friend.
 
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