Ethan Switch - Monday, 5 January 2004
"I think Mr. Jackson has seriously hurt his credibility," said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Anderson in relation to the claims Michael Jackson made in a 60 Minutes interview amid subdued floodlights.
While under the CBS news program's extra banks of studio lamps shown widely, Jackson made occasional swipes at his brow. These following claims he made during the same session that the treatment he received from the arresting police was getting close to the Rodney King kind of cop treatment. Wild and ludicrous they thought, especially as audio tapes surfaced airing the cordiality greeted the Jackson it seemed like a bait could all still be used for the new revolution.
With the latest music fad being that of gansta rap it could all have been the King of Pop's attempt at finding that "new" vision so desperately craved of people writing under a buck. Had there been no attempt from the other side to quash the claims he would have been elevated with some sort of "street cred" wantonly flaunted by the "hard core" set.