The New York Post has run an almost unaccountable number of Wacko Jacko headlines during Michael Jackson's peculiar years. But now he's become the Post's "Tragic Star," complete with commemorative poster.
One of the most mocked, vilified, and calumniated people of our time has, overnight, been transmuted into... a saint.
This isn't just media death-business sentimentality either. There's some spontaneous revisionism that's going on here. It was, it suddenly seems clear, the hard heart of the media, lead by the cruelties of the New York Post, that condemned him to his marginal existence--exiled in Persian Gulf kingdoms--when, in fact, there was a latent, abiding, adoration for the boy-man.
The Michael Jackson story could be one of the biggest media screw ups of all time: The public didn't hate him, the public loved him.
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