Michael Jackson News: Jury Selection in the Conrad Murray Trial Is Not Actually News
So the big music news doing the rounds yesterday was that -- gasp! -- jury selection has commenced in the upcoming Michael Jackson involuntary manslaughter case! Wow! Yes, truthfully we're as curious as the next guy to see how this whole thing plays out -- but, sweet baby Jesus, who really gives a toss about the jury selection?
It's not like we're going to get to know these people on any level whatsoever during the course of this trial; it's not like we can tell what the outcome of the case will be, based on jurors' age, race, or gender; and it's not like any of them are going to become celebrities for doing this (some may try, but, trust us, they'll fail -- they always do) -- so who the hell cares? (Other than Dr. Conrad Murray obviously, whose life and reputation hinge on this trial.)
If this was the lead story on many of the major music sites, gossip sites, and blogs yesterday, just think of the media circus that is coming our way when something interesting actually happens in this case. It makes us want to throw our TVs out the window just thinking about it.
Clearly, Michael was not someone who shied away from causing chaos outside of courtrooms -- who could forget him dancing on the roof of a car outside the court where his second child molestation case was taking place? But as absurd as that sight was, there was also something inherently sad and disturbing about it.
Michael Jackson at least had something approaching an excuse for that kind of bizarre, defiant behavior: He was a man cut off from reality who led an extraordinary and vastly isolating life. Maybe he simply wasn't in a place mentally to know that jumping on top of a vehicle and stoking the media madness even further wasn't the smartest thing to do (he was a baby dangler, after all). But what's everyone else's excuse for cheering on that type of lunacy?
Even though Michael's not here, you can bet there will be scenes of insanity around the courtroom this time as well. The scary part is, all of those fans that showed up to the courthouse in his molestation cases and vehemently insisted on his innocence -- before they'd even heard any facts in the case -- will be the people baying for the blood of Dr. Murray (who has pleaded not guilty, by the way), before they've heard any evidence in this one.
No one wants to believe that Michael Jackson had an addiction to a variety of hardcore medications any more than they wanted to believe that Michael Jackson had inappropriate relationships with children.
Papers, TV channels and websites covering every second and every inch of this case will only stoke the fiery passions of the MJ-defenders. We're not saying that Michael doesn't deserve to be defended -- we won't know that until the facts of this case are heard. We're merely pointing out that Dr. Murray deserves a fair trial, too, and he's far less likely to get one when his patient was the King of Pop -- especially if the approaching media frenzy gets too out of hand. And when the jury selection process is being treated like big news, that seems pretty much inevitable.