Tulsans Sound Off On Jackson Coverage

Tuesday, July 7th 2009, 10:33 pm
By: News On 6

By Jennifer Loren, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Michael Jackson's death sparked media frenzy.  But how much is too much?

He died almost two weeks ago and for two weeks his death has dominated the national media, culminating on Tuesday with his hours-long memorial service.  In Tulsa, most people speaking with The News On 6 said the media did too much.

"I think it's excessive. He was not a saint. Good entertainer. But, a little too much time and energy focused on him," said Ron Painter.

"I think it's been overdone. I mean to the point where we're looking at dealing with Russia right now. Some really historical things are going on with the President in Russia and they had, all the stations are covering his memorial," said Rebecca Marks Jimerson.

"Personally I think it's a little bit of overkill just that it's been on every single channel every single day whenever there's a lot bigger problems going on in the world," added Ross Renberg.

Even on Twitter, people like rogertoliver say they've seen enough.

"Personally, I think the media went WAY overboard. Not that I didn't like the man, but where was the media for Farrah?" said rogertoliver on Twitter.

"Over-kill! Please make it stop," said Bee_Dub on Twitter. 

But, surely the national media wouldn't cover the story if no one wanted to watch it and there are a lot of people who thought the coverage of Jackson's death was well deserved.

"He was one of those entertainers that knocked down a lot of barriers and that needs to be known and seen," said Michell Bradford.

And again on Twitter, StaceyDLF makes a case for the coverage.  She says Jackson is Generation X's Elvis.