Follow CE Thomson and his call for action against the Sun’s Mackenzie disrespect of MJ.
Taj Jackson is threatening( a lawsuit). Even just forcing them into an apology will be a victory. Have you complained?
Please RT. ITV complaint number. Inside UK: 08000 304044. Outside UK: 0044 8000 304044. Lines open: 9am-12.30am(GMT)
PLEASE SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE FAN BASE:
URGENT! Complain about Kelvin MacKenzie TODAY! Here is how:(HE SAID THAT HIS KIDS ARE BETTER OF WITHOUT MJ,INVENTED THE NAME WACKO JACKO..AND CALLED MJ A MOLESTER)
Also, the following is a letter that we can copy/paste and send to:
From a generic, non-geographic email address such as Gmail, I sent the following letter of complaint to email@example.com. I think this is the best that U.S. residents can do. It should be easy for hundreds if not thousands of Michael Jackson advocates to cut/paste/send.
LETTER: (Please copy/paste/send) ♥
To Whom It May Concern:
Former tabloid provocateur Kelvin MacKenzie’s comments on “ITV This Morning” breached numerous sections of the OFCOM Broadcast Code.
Section 2.2 of the Code demands that “Factual programmes or items or portrayals of factual matters must not materially mislead the audience.”
MacKenzie’s comments were clearly misleading. He ignored the facts and evidence presented at Jackson’s trial and dismissed the verdict. He also ignored the children’s firsthand accounts of their lives with Jackson in order to portray them instead as having been “corrupted” and say that they were potential victims of “abuse.”
Section 2.3 of the code demands that “Broadcasters must ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context.”
MacKenzie’s comments were patently not justified by the context. In a discussion about an interview between Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson’s children, MacKenzie irrelevantly raised the subject of Jackson’s trial and proceeded to dismiss the verdict, insinuating that Jackson was a child molester.
Section 7.1 of the Code demands that “Broadcasters must avoid unjust or unfair treatment of individuals or organisations in programmes.”
This section of the Code is constantly flouted when dealing with Michael Jackson. Examples of programmes which were biased, inaccurate and borderline illegal include Martin Bashir’s “Living With Michael Jackson” and Jacques Peretti’s “What Really Happened.” OFCOM rarely if ever implements this section of the Code. Does calling somebody a child abuser when they’ve been acquitted in a court of law constitute treating somebody unjustly or unfairly? Most assuredly, yes.
Section 7.9 of the Code demands that “Before broadcasting a factual programme, including programmes examining past events, broadcasters should take reasonable care to satisfy themselves that material facts have not been presented, disregarded or omitted in a way that is unfair to an individual or organisation.”
Material facts were clearly omitted and disregarded during Kelvin MacKenzie’s unprovoked diatribe against Jackson. He ignored the facts, evidence and verdict in Jackson’s trial and accused the star of being a child molester. The host did not point out Jackson’s acquittal, either. MacKenzie also ignored the children’s comments about their upbringing and proceeded to portray it as the exact opposite of what they claimed.
Section 7.11 of the Code demands that “If a programme alleges wrongdoing or incompetence or makes other significant allegations, those concerned should normally be given an appropriate and timely opportunity to respond.”
Clearly, Jackson could not respond to Kelvin Mackenzie’s inaccurate allegations, but no representative of Jackson’s family or estate was invited to appear on the show or to offer a rebuttal in the aftermath.
As a viewer, I demand an apology for and a retraction of MacKenzie’s reprehensible comments.
SEND LETTERS TO firstname.lastname@example.org