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POLICE OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING NEWS OUTLETS ROLE IN JACKSON DEATH
June 27 2009
Los Angeles, CA – Scrape TV News has just learned that Los Angeles police officials have expanded their investigation into the death of Michael Jackson. The singer’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, has thus far been the primary focus of the investigation but officials haven’t stopped their investigation at his involvement.
Though they have yet to officially declare any particular news outlets as suspects in the death, they are reportedly questioning officials from ‘all the usual suspects’ to uncover any possible connection to the death of the singer.
Sources indicate that officials from national news networks such as CNN, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, and Reuters are all currently being questioned by police. Various web only news sites have also been contacted regarding the investigation including blogger Perez Hilton and new aggregator Matt Drudge. Our source also indicates that Los Angeles based news organization KTLA and gossip site TMZ are of particular interest to investigators as they were the first to break the news of Jackson’s illness and ultimate death. Scrape TV News officials have not yet been contacted an interview.
“This is as big a deal as you can get. Outside Princess Diana there has probably never
been a celebrity death as important or that has drawn as much attention as this one. That means officials are going to be under a lot of pressure to uncover exactly what happened and hold anyone who might be responsible to account. They don’t want another O.J. situation,” said our inside source. “They are covering all their angles and want to make sure that absolutely everyone has been ruled out or in as the case demands. They know the world’s attention is on them and they want to get this one right.
Los Angeles police have had a long history of bungled and corrupted investigations into deaths. From the Black Dahlia to the O.J. Simpson investigation the LAPD has often been the target of criticism over their investigative techniques or lack thereof.
“The onus on police is to investigate every single lead even if they feel they are on the right track. Gut instinct plays a part in investigation but they cannot rely on that exclusively. In the case of news outlets the connection is obvious. When you are investigating a suspicious death you have to look at the people or person who would most benefit from the demise of the individual and go from there,” said Scrape TV Crime analyst Willard Weston. “Of course in this case they could also be looking at debtors who will no doubt make their money back in quick succession but of course they have also tapped the well permanently. The same could be said for news outlets but the well had started to run dry for them recently and this has brought them surging back.”
Possible motives, outside 24 hour news coverage, include an attempt to increase advertising revenues which have been languishing through the global recession. The return to non-stop coverage and record ratings and page views spark concerns about a vested interest in Jackson’s death.
“One possible suspect that hasn’t been mentioned yet is Google. Not only have they benefited greatly by the increased number of searches and related ad impressions, they have the means to execute such a daring plan like no other. They have access to so much information that they would have been able to determine where Jackson was and what they needed to do to kill him and all just by doing a simple search,” continued Weston. “Of course news outlets have continued to mine this story far beyond the news aspect of the story and that indicates some kind of more expansive plan on their part. If Jackson was indeed murdered or at least helped along the way I wouldn’t be surprised at all if one or more of them turned out to be involved. The most suspicious is usually the best suspect.”
CNN and FOX have continued around the clock coverage but due to their immediatecoverage and proximity to the singer, KTLA and TMZ are reportedly of the “highest interest”.