by Roger Pynn
I’ve written about this before, but the death and subsequent coverage of everything Michael Jackson raises the question again: how interested is the public? Does the news consumer demand coverage or does the media’s coverage drive interest?
So often we hear a reporter talk about “the public’s fascination” with a story, when it seems quite obvious – such as the case of Casey Anthony – that the media is perhaps the most fascinated and readers and viewers (as in “Thriller”) have nowhere left to run.
Helen Popkin’s msnbc.com article raised the question again reporting on a Pew Center survey where some two-thirds of the public said news organizations gave too much attention to the death of the pop icon.
There’s no doubt that Michael Jackson’s celebrity deserves coverage. How much is too much? Better still, does anyone in the media stop to ask is it the public or the man in the mirror that’s fascinated with this story?