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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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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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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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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Tabloid Truth: the Michael Jackson Story,” 02/13/1996, GBH Archives, accessed June 16, 2024,
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Tabloid Truth: the Michael Jackson Story.” 02/13/1996. GBH Archives. Web. June 16, 2024. <>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Tabloid Truth: the Michael Jackson Story. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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