June 25, 2009: A Day That Will Live in Infamy?

By John W. Lillpop

June 25 was not a slow news day in America or around the world.

However, it was a historic day because the media obsession with, and love for Barack Obama, was put on the back burner for a few hours.

Among the major news headlines on that fateful day:

Iran Police Use Tear Gas, Clubs to Crush Protest

North Korea threatens Annihilation of America; World Anticipates Missile

Jobless Claims Rise

California Set to Issue IOUs as Fiscal Crisis Weighs

Farrah Fawcett Dead at 62

Governor Sanford Admits Affair

Obama Issues First Veto Threat

China Widens Web Regulations

Supreme Court: Strip Search of 13-year-old Unconstitutional

Dems Race to Rescue Climate Bill

Gore to Hill for Last Minute Appeal

Despite news involving Iran and North Korea, the continued deterioration of the US economy, California about to fall into a sea of bankruptcy, the death of an American angel, exposure of infidelity on the part of the governor of South Carolina, and Barack Obama's declining influence, the major cable news networks essentially shut down around 1 PM, pacific time, in order to provide non-stop, repeat coverage of the death of Michael Jackson.

No one can deny that Michael Jackson was a brilliant and talented performer. However, the "news" coverage on the 25th of June was so excessive and gratuitous as to be offensive.

Does it make sense that while freedom-starved Iranians were being bludgeoned to death by thugs working at the behest of Mullahs in Tehran, American television was too preoccupied with the death of an alleged pedophile and pervert to notice?

Furthermore, does it make sense that Michael Jackson should be touted as an icon of American culture? Are there no better role models for our youth?