As News Outlets Cover Jackson Memorial Service, Signs of Fatigue From Viewers

By Andrew Gauthier 

There will be no shortage of options for watching the Michael Jackson memorial service today. Viewers can take their pick among network news outlets, online streaming video, movie theaters, and even giant video screens in Times Square. As Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle points out, though, some viewers may have already had enough with the ongoing story of the pop icon’s death…
The story of Jackson’s death has been a rare one that dominated traditional, online and social media, as fans wanted to share their remembrances of the singer, said Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. “But in many cases they weren’t telling the full Jackson story, of the controversial parts of his life,” she said.

But some hope that the conclusion of Jackson’s memorial service will return the nation’s conversation to its myriad problems – that is, after the 10 a.m. star-studded event starring Lionel Richie, John Mayer, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Brooke Shields and Martin Luther King III is covered live by all the major network news anchors.

A survey Wednesday from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 64 percent of the respondents said there was too much Jackson coverage. Full article…