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FRONTLINE; Tabloid Truth: the Michael Jackson Story

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Tabloid Truth: the Michael Jackson Story
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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Correspondent Richard Ben Cramer goes behind the scenes of the television coverage of the story of Michael Jackson being charged with sexual abuse of a child to look at the people, organizations and economic pressures that have led to the tabloidization of American television. The program follows a few of the most exuberant and successful of the tabloid press as they pursue the Jackson story.

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